Good idea, these places don’t mind paying good money for window cleaning
I wanted to ask the window cleaning community if they have any specific methods or certain ads that they have used and what works well.
Canvassing works best for me
I want to set up some kind of standardized pricing for storefronts, salons. etc.
I was thinking $44.00 per month ( price would included to cleanings per month inside and out) this pricing would only be avaiable to small storefronts, and than we would have other pricing options as the storefronts got bigger.
If you are trying to grab a whole chain you might have some standardized price. However if you are getting them one by one, you should price based on the job and the amount of windows they have.
Some factors to consider:
Inside windows take longer to clean, and require more care than outside, so simply charging the same per window rate for inside windows will make you lose some profitability. Always charge more for inside
Consider giving them a price to clean the outside and doors, and offering the inside windows as an additional occasional service. Many stores don’t need their inside windows cleaned all the time.
Frequency: Many window cleaners are so swamped with cleaning residential that they can’t clean commercial more than once a month. However many stores would love to have their windows cleaned more frequently. And many need it. Plus you could make as much as 4 times the amount of money if you clean some stores once a week. However, you can have some problems with your scheduling. I’m coming to think that you can’t reach your full potential in commercial unless that’s all you do.
Pricing: Don’t think small about pricing. It’s the customers job to worry about their expenses not ours. Charge a fair price for what you do. Your time is valuable. The very clients your targeting understand the value of paying a little more for better quality and service.
As an example. I now charge for new customers a $10 minimum, 1.25 per outside windows for jobs under $20, and above that I charge at least $1/window. Inside windows are priced at at least $1.50 per inside window, and yes I charge per window. It’s the fairest way to price jobs, and to have consistent pricing. For bigger windows I may charge more, but often I just use bigger squeegees.
Try to make at least $65/hour. Remember that driving, walking, getting paid drag down your hourly rate so don’t be afraid to charge fair prices.
Again, canvassing works best for picking up stores. If you are trying to get corporate accounts, someone else here can advise you since I haven’t picked up enough to tell you the best methods for obtaining them.
Don’t think small. My monthly average for storefront accounts (which include a fair amount of spas and hairstylisits is $55/month, and many jobs I just do the outside windows.