If you are looking for a quick and easy way to make money, then you can’t go wrong with a window cleaning business. If you are good with people, all you need is start-up capital of about $1000 to buy items such as insurance, window cleaning tools, and marketing.
Window cleaners can make anywhere between $30,000 to $60,000 depending on the services they offer, their experience, and the region in which they work. Read on for more information about how you can succeed at running a window cleaning business.
Why Window Cleaning?
Window cleaning is highly profitable because of low overhead costs and a high probability of recurring business. You can also invoice and collect payment upon completion of any jobs.
A typical day as a window cleaner involves going out to complete window cleaning jobs, handling customer service, and cold calling customers for new jobs. To succeed in the business, you need good sales and customer service skills. You must also be physically fit to be able to clean windows properly.
9 Main Steps To Start A Window Cleaning Business
Are you ready to start a business? Below are the 9 steps you should follow to succeed in your venture.
1. Learn From Others
The first step is to find people that have been successful at the business and learn from them. It would be preferable to learn from someone you know. Work as their apprentice or ask them to become your mentor. You can also buy training programs from those that have run a successful window cleaning business.
2. Perfect Your Sales And Customer Service Skills
Many people can clean windows but not everyone can run a window cleaning business. This is because most people lack customer service skills and sales skills. You must learn how to sell your business to potential customers and how to exceed client expectations so that you get referrals and repeat business.
3. Buy Window Cleaning Supplies
Before you can start cleaning windows you will need some basic supplies such as a ladder, window cleaning solution, squeegees, and window cleaning cloths. Initially, you should buy basic tools. You can get advanced equipment as your business grows.
4. Formalize Your Business
Once you have a few clients in your books you should formalize your business by establishing it as a legal entity, opening business bank accounts, and purchasing liability insurance. Having a formal business will allow you to bid for bigger jobs from other established businesses.
5. Evaluate Your Pricing
Pricing your services will be the trickiest part of your business. As a new business, you should offer competitive introductory rates to get clients. But at the same time, you should not charge such low prices that you operate at a loss.
6. Find Customers
For you to legitimately run a window cleaning business you need customers. You can use methods such as cold calling and canvassing as well as advertising and marketing to get clients.
7. Hire Employees
As your business grows you may need to hire employees to help handle your workload. Try to hire responsible people that care about you and your business to ensure profitability.
8. Expand Your Business
Your clients may start approaching you for additional services such as house cleaning, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and hanging Christmas lights. This could be a great way to increase your revenue and ensure you have jobs year-round. You can offer any service you feel you have the expertise and equipment to handle. Diversification has always been a solid business strategy.
9. Automate Administrative Tasks
As soon as your business can afford it you should get business software that will automate processes such as invoicing and customer relationship management.
We hope this information helps you plan adequately for your window cleaning business. For information on other sectors such as HVAC businesses and tools such as inspection checklists and invoice templates read the rest of our blogs.