I am at the Circle K by my house when I see another window cleaner. I stop. Walk up and introduce myself.
I always introduce myself to other window cleaners. Even when I took a 5 year break from window cleaning. Why?[B] I have WC in my blood.[/B] My one true passion. Even if it was just to check out there rig, or just inquire about their services, they always seem stand off-ish. Like trying to figure out if I am competition when I ask if they ever get on WCR. Maybe it’s because I know more about their tools than they do. (Bucket Bobs) I don’t know…
SO… I introduce myself to [MENTION=3241]dexter445[/MENTION] Doc of Doc’s Window Cleaning in Tucson, Arizona.
I can honestly say Doc is the coolest window cleaner I have ever randomly met in person. Although I knew Doc from this forum, just the chance meeting qualifies.
We sat there in the parking lot and swapped stories for an hour. He is showing me his set up, and we are talking tools when I notice [B]this cats wearing a Rolex.[/B] He just completed 3 resi jobs, had his uniform on still… This dudes slinging squeegees and WFP’s in a Rollie… Nice. My new role model.
It was awesome walking up to another window cleaner and not having them feel immediately threatened. We both said it while talking. [I]“There is more than enough glass out there for all of us.”[/I] He has been in this game 20 years in this market. He has a solid book of business. He has no reason to be threatened by a guy with a broken leg, broken ribs, and a missing tooth starting another window cleaning company.
[B][SIZE=3]What? Your cleaning windows with a missing tooth, broken rib, and leg?[/SIZE][/B] It’s in my blood bitches…
That and I am broke.
Not too long ago I had a successful marketing company and was semi retired. I wrecked my motorcycle in August. Been in and out of the hospital and have some brain damage as well as the previously mentioned. Got a bike? Wear your gear! I wasn’t. Now I don’t have a bike and I split my head open twice. Not my first concussion by any means, but obviously the worst.
Anywho. Result of not being able to think clearly? I lost a huge account that made it possible for me to enjoy my golf course lifestyle. With a huge cut in income, what’s a single dad to do with a bruised brain and some broken bones? [B]Start a window cleaning company.[/B]
I was heading in that direction anyway due to a hyper tension scare… I know my post count is really low, but I am on old member returning. Chris gave me a post count of 250 when I rejoined so I wouldn’t look like a total noob, but then I went dark again… Wrecking my motorcycle messed me all up. For a while I didn’t even have internet or cable.
Now I am back… again, again. Hoping that one day I can wear a Rolex as my field watch.
When Doc says he makes $100 hour. I absolutely believe him. I can’t wait to buy that man a beer.
There is no such thing as competition in window cleaning. I mean… I am competitive in nature… Yes I want to have the biggest and baddest company on the planet. But. When people are telling you your prices are higher than what they usually pay and your full of self doubt. It sure is great seeing another [U]true window cleaning professional like Doc[/U]. We talked about prices and we are in the same range. That really put my mind at ease.
What happens when you meet other window cleaners in your area?
Are you full of self centered fear making you stand offish or are you confident in your skills and business model enough to say, “Hey, check out my new toys.” like Doc did with me?