Starting a window cleaning business can be profitable and very low cost startup business that’s easy to start.
It’s the type of business that offers great financial rewards for people who want to work alone but still generate a decent income, whether living in a small town cleaning windows for homeowners or working in a busy area cleaning windows for businesses.
This is a business that will also bring you immediate profits within days of starting and running a few ads.
You can build a base of continuous window cleaning customers where you create a list of accounts that you keep under contract. This way, their windows are cleaned on a regular basis, giving you an automatic income you can depend on. This is not always the case with a lot of other businesses.
After a certain point you can hire part time help as you spend more time selling your service and building a list of customers.
It is possible to make money in the consumer market cleaning the windows on people’s homes. However, the work is more tedious and involved and it’s difficult to justify charging enough money to make it profitable. If you are in an area where there are wealthy homeowners, it is worth looking into. The joke about the cleaning person who “doesn’t do windows” is quite true. Often cleaning people give a window a ‘quick’ clean where it would be best left to a professional.
As a professional window cleaner, one of the biggest recommendations I can make is to learn about some of the safety hazards associated with window cleaning.
It is not required by law, but certification through the International Window Cleaning Association is recommended. IWCCI was created to help window cleaning companies and their employees maintain their safety training and they do offer certification.
Certification will give you and your employees training and more knowledge with regards to safety. Certification is also a good selling point and could possibly reduce your business insurance costs (check with an insurance agent).
How much you can make
Hourly charges often range from $20 to $45 or more. It’s easy to train other people how to clean windows properly, so you can hire a few extra hands and pay them $10 to $12 per hour and keep the rest as profit. It is very possible to generate over $5,000 per month as a window washer, especially in the commercial industry. Once you grow and hire part time help, your income can grow into the six-figure range.
Startup Costs/What you need to begin
Startup costs are less than $150. The materials can be bought at your local hardware store and include:
- a window brush
- a squeegee
- a telescopic brush handle
- some pails
- a ladder
- rags, soap and chamois
There is a trick to using dishwasher detergent and vinegar that works better than the window cleaner sold in stores.
International Window Cleaning Association
7801 Suffolk Ct.
Alexandria, VA 22315