Hello, Full disclosure my business is in its infancy, although I did this for a summer a few years ago. Because of Covid 19, especially here in Ontario Canada(lock down capital of the world), it seems like there is a lot of window cleaning businesses popping up, including mine. Are you finding there are more than usual? I think people not being able to work are pushing them to go out on their own.
I have seen more yard signs and wrapped vans for window cleaning than I’ve ever seen. Not sure if there new companies or old ones just stepping up there game. But I have had some of the same thoughts as you.
Welcome to the business and glad to see a neighbor. Down the road here in Montreal it’s the same. Lots of people getting antsy after blowing through their government handouts.
As long as you carve out your niche and present a professional image you’ll get a head in no time as the vast majority of new startups won’t last long.
I was cleaning 4 story town houses yesterday right next to another company, new service van, 3 guys. 2 showed up in the van and the third rolled up in a new white Mercedes ( ) Poor dudes had no idea what they were doing. Terrible equipment, terrible squeegee technique, standing on top step of a 32+ foot ladder. I did 10 townhouses in the time it took them to do four. They get an ‘A’ for effort but I felt bad how dangerous and hard they were working for $10/hr. These types of operations pop up and disappear everyday.
What part of the market are you focusing on?
every area is different, I think a lot of guys dropped off during the pandemic here . I’ve never been busier in my life than now
I try to focus a lot on my image. Nice business cards, decent website, professional logo’d attire, don’t smoke, swear etc. It’s just me working part time right now. I don’t do sketchy or under the table work, clean windows aren’t worth it. Invested in professional tools, few ettore squeegees, a couple excelerators, wfp system, screen cleaner. One thing I would like is to move away from my personal unwrapped car but I’ll get there eventually, pay cash for things. Considered offering a dealership to clean windows in exchange for purchasing a transit connect so the numbers work out but haven’t gotten there. As for Niche, I started because A)I didn’t want to have to work for $17/hr doing continental shifts in a factory for a temp agency, and B) I want more time to raise my family and enjoy life, so I thought bi-weekly business cleanings would be the way to go. With Covid I have primarily been doing houses which wasn’t my plan, but its been going well.
Also, just checked your website out. Really cool business you have going!
I like paying cash for things too. I also choose not to wrap my vehicle, but I also split it between my work truck and my personal truck. I put large magnets on the two front doors and the tailgate when I’m using it for work, and just take them off when it is “Me Time”.
What’s the translation on your signage? @Pure_Water_Window_Cl
“No ladders, no cranes, just clean windows”
Wfp technology has been super slow to take hold here. I’ve seen maybe 10-12 companies using wfp’s in 12 years. The number of companies that can produce a good end result with wfp is even less. So, it’s a selling point for me.
You’re right, but its a double edged sword.
A few well established companies dropped out around here, but for every one that dropped out, 4 bucket Bobs popped up. That fine by me because that left a void in the industry that helped us, an established company, to thrive.
The only thing that gets my goat are the ones that claim “10 years experience” (you worked for a bank before the pandemic, bruh), “fully licensed and insured” (bruh, I checked, you’re not registered with the state), etc.
Dude what’s gets me going is when they start to steal pictures from other cleaners and use them like it’s them