Friday, 12 May 2017

How to Start a Profitable Window Cleaning Service for Commercial Buildings

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You can start a commercial window cleaning business relatively quickly when compared to other home-based businesses. By focusing on securing commercial accounts, you will be able to grow your business quickly because many office buildings and other commercial structures typically want their windows thoroughly cleaned at least once a week.
When you are starting your business, you should focus your efforts on only one or two story office buildings. This will save you money because you will not have to purchase the equipment necessary to access the windows on taller buildings. Another reason to work with these types of accounts is because larger office complexes most likely already have contracts set up with larger window cleaning services.
Create Your Company’s Name/Register Your Business
You can start your business by creating a unique name that is not already trademarked. There is also the option of operating your business as a DBA. DBA is an acronym for ‘doing business as’. The applications can be obtained from your local city hall or town clerk.
You will also be required to apply and pay for a vendor’s license, and insurance and bonding coverage. After completing and submitting these forms, you will legally be able to obtain cleaning accounts.
Do You Want to Open a Franchise?
If you have the cash, you may want to open a franchise commercial window cleaning service instead of having your own start-up. The prices for these franchises vary depending on the company you want to work with, but expect to pay anywhere from $2000 at the low end up to $30,000 at the higher end of franchise fees. This is a viable option for those who want the advantages of working with a company that offers marketing support and training.
Set Up Your Home Office
By setting up an office in your home, your business will be eligible for the tax deductions applicable to home-based businesses according to the IRS. Be sure you keep track of all your expenses, customer base and revenue.
Essential Cleaning Supplies and Equipment
If you choose not to open a window cleaning franchise, you will be responsible for your obtaining your equipment and supplies. Locate a wholesale supplier in your area where you can lease or purchase the necessary supplies. Some of the tools you will need are:
  • Cleaning squeegee
  • Cleaning buckets
  • Detergent
  • Towels
  • Blade
  • Extension Poles
Know the Prices for Window Cleaning Services in Your Area
You will need to know what your competition is charging for similar services so you can price your services accordingly. If you charge too much, you may deter companies from contacting you, and if you charge too little, your business may not make a profit.
Your prices should reflect the average cost of rates in your area, but you can offer discounts to first time customers in order to get them through the door.
Create a website for your business that includes detailed information about your company, pricing information, testimonials and reviews. Your contact information should be listed on every page of your website.
Contact small businesses in your area like doctor offices, car dealerships and fast food restaurants. Offer your services if they are not already contracted with a window cleaning company.
Word of mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertising with this type of business. As your list of satisfied customers grows, so will your business.