Set up a user account here a few days ago. I have spent literally several hours reading over various topics in the forum. I haven’t kept a list of all the users individually to thank, but wanted to throw a general thank you out there to everyone. I found in particular the workbelt setup, van setup, vehicle wraps, pricing, wfp, and newbie threads extremely helpful. I have certainly benefited and am sure to continue benefiting from the wealth of information/tribal knowledge/collaboration exhibited through this forum. Hopefully I can contribute.
My wife’s grandpa started a window washing business decades ago and was all commercial routes done the traditional way (no wfp). Fortunately I have gotten some of the basics down from his wife who has taken over the business for him. Also, I went to school for accounting and finance so I have the business admin side covered fairly well. I started a small route when I was in college with just a pole, squeegee, bucket, scrub mop, and scraper, but had to give it away. I have a couple of guys lined up to work for me that are the good hard worker type and very trustworthy (the kind every employer is always trying to find). Over the next few weeks I will be getting all the business red tape taken care of and acquiring all the equipment I need to make a modest start. I will be focusing all my sales efforts on commercial and then use a foothold there to move into the residential market.
My start up list:
Phone just for business
Shirts with company info on it
Professional looking bid/estimate sheets
LLC and EIN registering
squeegees (need recommendations seems like there is a lot of variations and custom combo’s out there of rubber and handles, ettore wagtail or ?)
T-bars and brush/mops (I liked the kind I had before that had scrub pads on each end)
boabs (i used a bucket before, not sure how these work without spilling water everywhere especially if you are getting in and out of a vehicle all the time?)
microfibers and/or scrims (input on this?? never used a scrim) and what microfibers are best cause i had one windex one that
seemed to work great and some others from walmart that might as well have been washcloths, difference?
glass gleam 4 (side note - what’s best to add to water in freezing weather . . . rubbing alcohol? windshield washer fluid? anti-freeze? or?)
Also, I realize this is a ways down the road, but what are the thoughts on branching out into other things like:
pressure washing (buildings, parking lots, driveways - possibly heated)
seamless gutter installation
window installation and screen repair
Do? Don’t do? If so what would be the best order of addtion be? How to learn enough/practice enough to be skilled to provide the service?
Happy window cleaning guys! Look forward to hearing from you.