Starting a Window Cleaning Business in 6 Easy Steps

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Window Cleaning Business

Getting started in the window cleaning business is not too difficult. Sure, it’ll take a little hard work. It will take a little money, but not much. Most window cleaners are able to start up with just a few hundred dollars. Here’s how you can start up and be in business in six easy steps.

1. Legal Structure

First it’s important to decide the legal structure of your business. This is important for tax purposes. Is your business a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company? Also, this is the time to think up a name for your business. Consider something near the beginning of the alphabet or something that starts with “A” or “AA.” This will put you towards the top of the list in window cleaning business listings. People are more likely to pick a company from the top of the list.

2. Gather Supplies

You’ll need a few basic supplies to get started. Don’t feel like you have to get top-of-the-line pro equipment just yet. You want to have the right tools to start a window washing business, but not be in debt if you decide window cleaning is not for you. You should be able to attain all supplies for under $600, half that if you just buy a basic set of tools. You’ll need squeegees, scrapers, towels, soap solution, a sturdy ladder, and an extension pole, all available at your nearest janitorial supply store.

3. Learn Window Cleaning

Chances are you’re probably not an expert yet on how to wash windows. There are several how-to videos available for free on YouTube. Visit the YouTube website and type in “window cleaning techniques” or “window cleaning tips” to get started. There are other websites available that can help you learn the skills necessary to be a great window cleaner. Practice on your own windows, and your friends and neighbor’s windows. Practice makes perfect!

4. Decide How to Charge

It can be hard to figure out what your rates should be. You want to be competitive, but also make a nice profit. Frankly, it can take a few jobs to figure out the rates that work best for you and your customers. When figuring out your rates, consider charging by the hour or by the window. When charging by the window, consider the size and location of the windows. Do you have to clean the screens too? Are there shrubs in the way that could make accessing the windows difficult?

5. Finding and Keeping Customers

You’ll need to find customers, obviously. Consider some promotional materials such as flyers, ads, or business cards. Find what works, but don’t feel like you need to try every possible angle available. Keep in mind that people that can afford window cleaning—most likely the ones that live in expensive houses or neighborhoods—should be your main targets. After you’ve finished a job for a customer, keep in contact with them using postcards or letters. Give a referral discount to them and their friends. Offer add-on services, such as gutter cleaning, to increase your profits.

6. Stay Organized

It’s important to develop a system to stay organized. Keep a detailed schedule so you’re sure to arrive on time. Also, develop a system to keep track of all of your customers. A great method is filling out a 4 x 6 index card for each customer with contact information, dates of service, and other information that can help you manage your customer list for increased profits, such as regular reminder postcards mailings.

Starting a window cleaning business isn’t too difficult. It shouldn’t cost you a large amount of money or take weeks to get you going. In just six easy steps you could be on your way to starting a successful window cleaning business. To learn more about becoming a window cleaning pro, read Profitable Window Cleaning.