Hi, my name is Patrick and i have been running my own window cleaning business for nearly ten years.
Window cleaning has changed a lot since I first started cleaning windows and I feel like I have a lot to share with fellow window cleaners either new to the trade or long established window cleaners. I have taken the time to write this blog and share my knowledge for FREE!
I feel there is a real need for free information about starting up a window cleaning business as it seems everyone is trying to sell the information to new start-ups who are really keen to get started.
I understand how hard it can be when first starting up, as I never had a penny in my pocket. The last thing I could afford was a eBook for $9.99 – that would of bought me two scrims! The information I am providing is free and I hope I can help you guys out.
You might be asking yourself – why is this guy being so generous with his insider info? Well the answer is window cleaning helped me when I lost my job at aged 30 and I had 3 kids to support. I’ve been there and lived it. If I can help someone else out for free then I’m more than happy to do so.
A friend of mine was a window cleaner and when I was unemployed he asked me if I wanted to work with him. My pride at the time would not allow me to do it as I felt I was “better” than that. So I stayed penniless – like a fool. There were very few jobs available at this point in my life so the squeeze was getting tighter every day. Eventually I caved in and I agreed to go “collecting” for him. I was amazed by the amount of money I was collecting in off his customers FOR HIM! Needless to say, four months later I started my own business in a different area and I have been doing it ever since.
I ideally i would like new comers to be able to avoid some of the mistakes I made in the early days and this was my inspiration for creating this free informative website.
Let’s be absolutely clear, being a window cleaner is not the best of jobs and at times you may even hate it. Winter brings all sorts of unforeseen issues such as freezing cold hands, water freezing on customer’s windows and hassle of customers. If you are working on your own you may at times feel a bit lonely. As you’re the business owner, you’re the one who has to deal with troublesome customers because there’s no one to shift the blame to.
It’s not as easy as you would think either, a lot of people think if they just buy a bucket and a chammy and away we go! It’s not quite like that I am afraid, there’s a lot of competition for window cleaners and you will more than likely discover all the best areas in your town or city are taken (these are the most profitable).
You will need to have a strong will to succeed, building up your round can be hard work. You will need self-discipline as there is no boss to give you a kick up the arse when you feel like you can’t be bothered. It’s too easy to talk yourself into having a day off or to knock off early. This job requires hard work and a desire to succeed. Wimps need not apply.
Having the freedom that comes with being your own boss is great, but if you don’t have the desire to succeed in building yourself a good source of income for many years to come, you may find yourself just lazing around doing very little with your precious time.
It’s important that you are honest with yourself. I want people to know that not everyone is suited to being self-employed. Some people need to have someone watching over them just to get them to do some work. If this sounds like you, then in all honesty I wouldn’t waste anymore of your time on this site. Instead you may want to have a look for any local cleaning jobs in your area and see if you have what it takes to do the job. This way you will find out if a window cleaning career is really what you want to do.
Despite all the drawbacks however, I believe if you’re desperate, i.e. stuck in a job you absolutely hate, or unemployed and on the dole, then window cleaning could be for you because it’s a realistic way of making a respectable living for a person who has no other options, just don’t expect to be driving around in a Bentley anytime soon.
Window cleaning has its drawbacks like any other job, but I believe if you are desperate such as being on unemployment benefits or you hate your job then window cleaning might be just what you’re looking for. Window cleaners can make a very good living with determination and hard work, you just need to apply yourself.
I started my own window cleaning business nearly ten years ago and i will provide you with as much info as i can to help you build yours!