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Start Your Own Business: A Window Washing Company for Under $30.00

Updated on May 19, 2012
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Bill Russo is featured in the film & TV show, The Bridgewater Triangle & has written several books (both fiction & non) on Amazon Kindle.

Your biggest expense. A dual sided SqueeGee from Ace Hardware...it's $6.99

Bonus-sell your own branded cleaning product

Here’s a business you really can get into for under $30.00.

With no further investment you can make some money right away. I’m also going to include advice on how to get extra business when you clean a window - - you will get additional revenue from the job with no further effort.

What you do not need

You do not need a ladder

You do not need various expensive telescopic handles etc.

You don’t even need a car…some people go to their jobs on a bus, some bike or walk or take a cab

 

Here is What You Do Need

A Double Sided Squeegee - sponge & blade combo -  $6.99 at Ace Hardware

A Bucket - a 13 quart plastic bucket at K Mart is  $5.99

A Scraper and Blade - these are anywhere from a dollar up depending where you purchase yours

Your own brand of cleaner - your cost will be around twenty pennies a gallon for your own concentrated, effective product!!!!

You won't need expensive equipment because you're going to be a ground-floor-only cleaner. It's not only cheaper...but about a million times safer!

How to Clean the Windows

Immerse the sponge side of your Squeegee into the bucket.

 

Begin applying the sponge to the window. Working in whatever pattern suits you, wet all or part of the window.

Use your Scraper to remove caked on dirt from bugs, or paint or whatever. Make sure the window is wet before you begin to scrape, so that there will be no damage to the glass.

With the window still wet use the blade side of your squeegee and start at the top of the window. Pull the blade down. The purpose of this is to dry the window. You already cleaned it in with the scraper and the sponge.

Finish Blading the window and then check to make sure there are no streaks. If there are, it’s because your water got too dirty or you did not use proper overlapping blade techniques. Work on this if necessary.

How To Get Customers

Don’t worry. This is actually easier to do than cleaning the windows. The best plan is to go where there are lots of store windows. Downtown business districts are still the prime prospects for a beginning business. Size up a potential customer from the outside. If the windows are dirty, walk right in and introduce yourself. Explain that you are offering a very inexpensive window washing service and offer to do the window at a very low price. Some people have made a few hundred dollars a day by doing the cleaning at only a dollar per window. That sounds really cheap…and that’s good because it will also sound cheap to the store owner too. Do the windows and do a great job. When you come back inside after your work is done, you will have a chance to make additional money by offering the customer a small bottle of the same cleaner that you used on his windows. Explain that the small bottle is a concentrated version of what you used on his display window and that it is perfect for his restroom mirrors, spot cleaning in the bathrooms , and any other quick cleaning jobs he has including his glasses! Yes the cleaner that you are going to be using also works on eyeglasses. It makes them clear and clean with no streaking. More on this later.

 

If the windows of a store are clean go right inside and make your presentation. The store people obviously want clean windows and if your price is right, they will rather have you do it than do it themselves.

 

Shopping Centers are also fertile grounds for getting customers. Often the store clerks will see you cleaning one business and will be waiting for you to come to them.

 

You'll make extra money by selling small bottles of your own branded cleaner

Getting Started



Assemble your tools. Get your squeegee, scraper and your bucket.

Make your cleaner, by following the link at the end of this article. (How to Make a window and eyeglass cleaner.)




Go to a dollar store and buy any product that comes in a spray bottle. Dump the stuff out and clean the bottle well. Scrape off the old label and refill the bottle with the cleaner that you make. You can even make your own labels and sell the product for between $4.00 and $6.00 for four ounces. This cleaner is similar to what is sold at stores like Walmart, Kmart etc. and at optical shops around the country. Your cleaner is going to be as good or better than most of what’s available at the chain outlets. Start off with five or six bottles and make more as you need them.


If you knock on enough windows and doors and do a good job, you will make money your very first day on the job. Make return trips to your customers as needed and your business will expand. Business cards are certainly a worthy investment after you’ve built the business a bit. Each of your customers will gladly allow you to display your cards in their store. Most supermarkets have areas where customers can post cards. As your business grows, keep putting out more and more cards.


You really can make money with this business. Just put one foot in front of the other and do it.

The worst thing that can happen is that you lose interest and you end up with a nice squeegee, bucket and a couple gallons of a really good cleaner.


The best thing that can happen is you will make hundreds and hundreds of dollars every week and you’ll be your own boss.


Here's the link to the formula for making your own cleaner.

http://billrrrr.hubpages.com/_eg8y4okdyscz/hub/How-bout-a-great-window---glass-cleaner---really-cheap

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    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      6 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for the comment marvinsmith. Good performance and satisfied customers equals success!!!!

    • Billrrrr profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Russo 

      7 years ago from Cape Cod

      Borders Books just went under. Thousands of jobs lost. More than 200 of their 600 properties are to be liquidated. More than ever, little businesses like the window cleaning enterprise, stand a chance to do well in

      adverse times.

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      Cape Codder 

      9 years ago

      great hub. Internet marketing is iffy and subject to a lot of variables. The business plan you have set out looks very workable for just about anybody.

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