Starting a Window Cleaning Business Pt. 1
Starting a window cleaning business can be an exciting and lucrative business venture. In some aspects, starting any type of business may feel overwhelming and even a little impossible. But the returns and rewards are well worth it. As a window cleaning business owner, you’ll have the ability to create your schedule, set priorities, and decide how your operations will stand. While there are factors to consider, in general, learning how to start a window cleaning business is not nearly as difficult as it may seem.
Abc Window Cleaning provides professional window cleaning supplies for those ready to launch their business, or who have been in business for many years. Whatever your needs–whether low rise or high rise windows–we have products that can align you with the best services and care for your customers.
Starting A Window Cleaning Business: Soft Skills
° Establish Your Business & Get Insured
° Customer Service Skills
° Think About Marketing
There’s definitely some legwork involved when it comes to getting started with your window cleaning business, but let’s take a look at some of the above points. Before we do, consider the following facts about starting a window cleaning business.
How Much Does It Cost To Start A Window Cleaning Business?
The answer to this question will always vary. It highly depends on the equipment needs and what you may already have access to. If you already have a truck or van, for instance, you won’t need to invest money in that portion. Since window cleaning is a service-based business–meaning you travel to customers–it’s important that you have transportation that’s not only professional, but ultimately reliable.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, most microbusinesses cost around $3,00 to start. However, every business has its own financing needs. The good news is that a window cleaning business doesn’t have much overhead costs aside from the window cleaning equipment you’ll use. We definitely recommend checking out the Waterfed Systems first.
Establish Business & Get Insured
There are two options for getting a business started: register as a sole proprietor or incorporate as an LLC. Most serious business owners choose to form an LLC vs a sole proprietorship because an LLC legally separates the owner’s personal assets from the business. This provides personal liability protection. Speaking of protecting your business, insurance should be your next priority.
Insurance Requirements for Window Cleaning Business
Every business, especially those that are service-based, should think about business insurance from the start. Whether you are using ladders or water-fed poles, accidents are the nature of the beast in window cleaning. Insurance can be there to support you when you need it. Consider:
1. Liability Insurance: this helps to protect your customer and give them confidence in your professionalism.
2. Workers Compensation insurance: if you’re planning on hiring employees, workers compensation is there to protect with payroll and injuries resulting from workplace accidents.
3. High-rise window cleaning insurance: additional liability is always considered if you’re cleaning high-rise windows. Some states also require certification, safety training, and specialized high-rise window equipment.
Customer Service & Marketing
For any business, small or big, learning about your customer and effectively communicating with them is critical. In the window cleaning business, service is a requirement. Conducting yourself with professionalism and utilizing your expertise can help a customer feel confident in the work you provide and what you’re able to accomplish for them. Before starting your window cleaning business, think about the following:
° Appearance - Vehicles, tools, uniforms, and documents should be presentable. Consider wearing shoe coverings when going indoors.
° Communication - Community with your potential clients effectively. Provide quotes and send reminders about appointments to help your clients stay in the know.
° Efficiency - Adopt practices that make you efficient such as online bookings and electronic payments.
Marketing when you’re starting a window cleaning business can help you generate new customers. Speak with a marketing professional about the best practices for startups and consider leveraging social media to attract new business without going through the expense of paid advertising.