A little help getting started

Hey everyone,
I have been reading here for a while and finally decided to post.
I have decided to finally get my business up and running.
With that being said, I need a little guidance.
I will be targeting about a 50/50 split between residential & store fronts.
Where I live ALOT of new strip malls, office buildings, and office parks are being constructed which to me seems like alot of potential business.

I will be working in the St Louis MO Metro area.

I was hoping you guys could point me in the right direction as to what equipment is absolutely neccesary to get started and what things can wait until later.

I could also use a little help in a way to find out what the average rate is in my area.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Here’s some kits you could get from WCR -
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If you have an extra resource available, in the form of personnel, I’ve had great success with a Cole Directory and a phone solicitor politely asking about interest in a free estimate for residentials.

Storefronts are best approached personally.

My equipment, aside from the essential bucket, poles, and ladders consists of an 18’ swivel washer, 18’ swivel quick release squeegee, brass 16’ and 8’ squeegees, a 6’ scraper, putty knife, screen clip, blue towels, and a chamois, all on my belt.

Essential ladders for residential work at a minimum cost, are a 28’ or 32’ depending on how high you plan to go (a 32’ will reach most any high residential window, but is difficult to handle without people), a 20’ (I prefer light-weight aluminum) cause you’ll spend 80% of your time on it, and some sort of adjustable like a Little Giant or one of their knock-offs.

Pawn shops are a great place to find good used ones, but be sure to check it thoroughly before trusting your life to it.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and remember; there’s more than one way to skin a window. The resources and ideas here are considerable!

:eek: Those are some big squeegees and scrapers! :smiley:

I’m a BIG guy!

LMAO! I miss a keyboard. These little mobile buttons keep me editing my writing all day long…

The above tool sizes would be inches (") not feet ('). Somehow, all the ladder sizes came out okay…



What I did when I started my business is went door to door in a an older neighboorhood populated by college professors and money. Most of the houses had storm windows and hadn’t been cleaned in years. I made over a grand in my first week and became addicted to window cleaning. I’d recommend seeking out neighborhoods like that. Just get yourself some Safe Restore and a little shop vac and a ladder that can get you to the second floor and you should be fine.
I still hit that same neighborhood in August and March when I’m running low on money. 2-300 one page flyers always make me a grand which takes me between 2-4 days to complete the work. Between $300-$400 is the average price per job and I can complete that in a day. As a bonus a lot of these customers pay cash. Sometimes if I do the work myself and ther job is like $500 or $600 I have to come back the next day but customers are always cool with that.
Window Cleaners rule!

bill harkins
mr b all pro window cleaning
ann arbor

Why is a cash payment a bonus?

This guy!

What are you saying, DeJay? Please be clear and concise.

Cash payment because i don’t have to report you self rightoues jerk. Go ahead report me!

I don’t care whether you report or not.

I don’t want others, especially new business owners, to think that unethical and illegal behavior is promoted here.

No wonder the state of Michigan is broke! :stuck_out_tongue:

You’re state is broke too because of the illegal aliens!

What’s your point? I don’t contribute to that.

Man don’t even bite on his B.S. The guy is just lurking around to start stuff with people. I guess he wasn’t taught how to be friendly in the cave he was raised in. Look at his post history. They have jerk written all over them. He has some guys here that keep him going just so they have some entertainment. You will figure all this out in a very short time. Don’t let one jerk give WCR a bad name. This place is great and has a lot of helpful people here. I’m sure he could be very helpful himself if his old ass would take his Centrum silver and drink his Metamucil like the doc told him too. :wink:

Get a life Larry. Stop making sarcastic comments.

Wasting sarcasm is a sin. ~R. Stevens

Get a life Larry.


You’re starting to repeat yourself, Bill.