Window washers everywhere say that business is booming. In fact, they report they are fully booked for around two months in advance! That means now is a great time to start a part-time window cleaning business in your town.
Think about it for a moment. You could work either part-time or full-time and the start up costs are minimal. Here’s the beauty of the situation: I know a semi-retired fellow who has been washing the windows of downtown businesses for years. He only does it when clients need it so he calls on them once a month. Some have him cleaning more frequently. He travels to businesses using an electric scooter with a bucket, an extendible squeegee and some washing liquid. Once at a business he uses their water and makes a fairly good living at it.
Of course, you could go a bit bigger and add more supplies to your inventory including a ladder and pressure washer and assorted other pieces of equipment but you would surely spend less than $600 to get up and running. If you have your own vehicle you can run from job to job with ease and store all your supplies in a small corner of your garage or shed.
Working on a part-time basis, say weekends only, you could charge the average rate of between $50 and $70 per hour and earn up to $4,000 in a month. Expect to make far more than that a month if you dedicated full-time hours to your new window cleaning business. What makes this an even more attractive extra source of income is that you can have a flexible schedule and work only when you want to plus, you would be your own boss. The best part is that if you focus on either commercial or residential customers, you will be able to cultivate a base of repeat customers – just like the guy I know washing windows downtown.
It can be a cash only operation which eliminates a lot of extra paperwork related to billing and collecting. It also won’t be hard to promote because you can do that by advertising in free online classified and social media sites, in local newspaper classified sections, with posters at key locations and by word of mouth. Besides, if one person sees you cleaning the windows of their neighbor chances are they will start a conversation with you about their windows…and it can go from there.
If you are still unsure about this potential income opportunity consider this: the skills required for this job are basic and you already have them. If you’ve ever washed your windows at home you already have the qualifications. Operating expenses will be low without a storefront location or office. In fact, you could convert a small space in your home to be your home office saving you more and giving your business added credibility.
You will require insurance to cover yourself in case of liability and if you are using a vehicle you will want to make sure you have proper coverage now that you will be using it for business. You will also want to purchase a business license and confirm with your local community that you have met the requirements they may have in place for home-based businesses. All of this will assist in putting your window washing business on the map and then you can start soliciting business.
The guy I mentioned earlier took a very simple approach. He actually walked into each downtown business and asked if they needed their windows washed. He was only a couple of customers into it when people walking by on the street started asking his rates and before he knew it, he had a client base to build from. It may be as easy for you but you won’t know if you don’t give it a try.
Also, the window cleaning business can expand to meet the needs of your clients with such add-ons as solar panel cleaning, gutter cleaning, moss removal and additional seasonal features. This could include putting up and taking down Christmas lights and decorations, a very profitable sideline in the slow season for window washing. To learn more about the profitable window cleaning business, visit: www.profitablewindowcleaning.com