How To Start a Window Cleaning Business

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Window Washing Profits

Starting a window cleaning business can be quite profitable. It won’t cost you a lot of money or require weeks of work to get going, and you can be on your way to profits before you know it. In fact, starting a profitable window cleaning business can actually be quite easy.

There are many ways to be profitable. First consider the houses or commercial properties you are targeting. Naturally, larger, more expensive homes have residents who are more able to pay for window cleaning and pay for it often – typically every two to three months. Also, a large house or commercial property has more windows, which of course means more money.

It’s also a good idea to contact property managers. After construction is done on a new property, such as an apartment building, office building, or storefront, they often hire a pro to clean up the windows. Get in good with a property manager and you could be called on to do work on several of their properties.

Now decide how much you’ll charge. Some window cleaners charge by the hour. The national average is $40 to $70 an hour, less in small towns and rural areas, more in cities. If you choose this method, give the customer the bid for the entire job, not your hourly rate. For example, if you charge $50 an hour and you estimate it will take you an hour and a half to complete the job, tell your customer your charge will be $75. Say you get it done in under that time, then you make a little more than your hourly rate.

Some charge by the window. This is the more accurate way to bid as it forces you to look at and count each window. Remember that not all windows require the same effort and time to clean. Windows on the first floor are naturally easier than the second floor. Some windows are in difficult locations to access from a ladder or the ground. Some, if they are new, might have construction gunk on them and take a lot of extra work to get clean.

When figuring out your prices, you want to get about 80% of your bids. So, for example, if you charge $8 a window and are getting 100% of your bids, your prices are probably too low. Keep raising your price until you get about 80-85% of your bids. Then you’ve found the sweet spot and you can see those nice profits rolling in.

Finally, think about your appearance and the overall appearance of your business. You want to project professionalism. Keep your vehicle and yourself clean. Wear a polo shirt with your company name on it. Things like this will help people feel confident in your skills as a window cleaning pro. Remember, appearance counts!

how to start a window cleaning business

How To Start a Window Cleaning Business

Making profits in the window cleaning business isn’t difficult. Pay special attention to the properties you’re targeting, that your rates are giving the highest profit possible, and that you and your business’s appearance projects professionalism. Do these things and you’ll be a profitable window cleaner in no time. To learn more, read Profitable Window Cleaning.