If you have decent housekeeping skills and would like to start a window-washing business, chances are that you can be successful and make money when you write out a business plan. Categories to include are supplies and services, client base and service area, promotion and marketing, and accounting procedures. You may want to include other topics as well, but these will help to get you started.
1. Decide which supplies and services you want to base your business on. For example, will you clean single-story dwelling windows? How about multi-floor apartment buildings? Commercial skyscrapers? Airports and factories? It’s probably a good idea to start out with a simple plan and see how it goes from there. In addition to washing windows, will you offer window washing supplies, such as cleaning detergent, sponges, or squeegees? Will you provide additional janitorial services at additional cost if requested? Make a specific list of the scope and limits of your business products and services.
2. Sketch a plan for building a client base and service area. Depending on where you live and the type of windows you want to wash, you will have to decide how far you are willing to travel for customers. For example, if you live 30 miles from a major city, how often would you drive there for a job? Or do you prefer working in the suburbs or outlying areas? If you set your sites on an urban area, will there be a competition? If so, can you carve up the territory with them to keep out of each other’s way? Then you will want to either buy or create a potential client list of names that you can contact to promote your business.
3. Make a list of ideas for promotion and marketing. You may want to submit a small column to the local newspaper or an ad in the classifieds. If you know someone who works at a radio station, you might be able to get a brief interview spot to share a few tips for cleaning windows. Listeners are still likely to get your number and call for professional assistance when needed. You can try cold calling as well if you are comfortable making telephone calls to businesses where you don’t know someone. Another option is to publish a quarterly newsletter or send out brochures to possible customers. You should definitely put up a Website that lists your company’s name and logo, services and costs, hours of operation, contact information, and other helpful details.
4. Outline your proposed accounting procedures. Decide whether you will handle the bookkeeping chores of scheduling appointments, preparing invoices, collecting payments, and handling banking chores and tax records. There may be other accounting tasks as well, so decide whether you want to handle these or prefer to hire a part-time accountant or bookkeeper to do it for you. Don’t forget to include estimates for costs of things like office supplies and equipment.
You can request occasional help with tasks like freelance writing, graphic design, record keeping, and other chores that you do not enjoy or feel comfortable with. It might be wise to hold on to a regular full-time job or supplemental employment of one kind or another to pay the bills until your window washing business takes off. Then if things really get going, you can hire a few employees and manage the business while others do the work.You can request occasional