Professional Cleaning Services in Livingston
One of the steadiest service businesses going is also one of the most invisible. If you work in a Livingston office or store you’re probably used to coming in every morning and seeing clean carpets, empty ashtrays and freshly mopped woodwork. In fact, most Livingston stores and offices would be pretty dreary places to work if you didn’t see them sparkling clean every day.
The equipment you need to start this business is minimal: a good vacuum cleaner, mops, brooms, cleaning cloths, sponges, buckets and a few different types of detergents and grease-cutting fluids. If this list sounds familiar, it should. These are the same cleaning tools found in almost every household, and there’s no reason you can’t use what you already probably own – at least for starters.
There are several ways to acquire customers: small ads in your local Livingston newspaper, a listing in the Yellow Pages (under “Janitor Service” and/or “House Cleaning”), printed circulars. But the most effective way to get customers is through personal solicitation. Always remember that you are offering a service, and that means servicing your Livingston clients as well as their places of business.
One of the attractive features about starting this kind of cleaning business in Livingston is that the work is done at night. You could do the whole thing yourself, without any employees, during the trial period, and still keep your day job. When you are ready to hire people in Livingston, you have a rich source of employees from college students who want part-time work after classes, as well as men and women who want to supplement their incomes but can only work at night.
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Probably one of the greatest mysteries for the new self-employed window cleaner is knowing what to charge for your window cleaning services. First you must remember that you are becoming a business and as such, your earnings go towards the cost of running a business as well as putting food on your kitchen table and a roof over your head. Now I've made mention on the home page about window cleaners earning $50/hr and up but you may be wondering how one prices actual jobs so that you can earn this kind of money from them.
Target Earning Goal
I usually tell beginners to set an earning goal of around 50$/hr for their first few months (up to a year) in the biz. If a new window cleaner can achieve this consistently, then they are well on their way to earning $60-$70/hr by their second year. Here's why. Even after you've calculated what to charge per window/job in order for you to achieve the return of $50/hr, you will be earning this as an unskilled window cleaner. That's right, until you've been cleaning windows for a while; technically you're still unskilled. But after you've acquired the skills to clean windows more professionally and quickly, your hourly return rate will increase.
I tell a story on my window cleaning tutorial DVD of when I first started out window cleaning and priced out a job where I ended up only making around $35/hr. The following year I returned to do a repeat clean at the same bid price but because of the improvements in my technique, my earnings on that job increased to $70/hr. Simply because I was now cleaning more windows per hour.
Is Your Pricing Too Low/High?
A window cleaner who had been in the business for many years once told me that you should aim for landing around 70% of your bids. If you consistently win more bids than that then your prices are probably too low. Likewise, if you consistently land fewer bids than 70% then your prices may be too high. I would say this is very true when it comes to residential jobs and larger commercial jobs. The only time one should ignore this rule is when bidding storefront. Storefront is the most competitive area in window cleaning and many small businesses are price shoppers so be prepared to hear a lot of "no's" while canvassing for clients. Homeowners can be price shoppers too but don't feel bad if you lower your price to land some jobs in the early stages of your business. You gotta eat right? Plus, you can chalk everything up to experience in the long run.
Don't be afraid to network with other local window cleaning companies. The good ones won't be afraid to share information with you and will encourage a healthy marketplace for everyone. But stay clear of those competitors that offer rock bottom prices. They may appear to be constantly busy but what's the point if they're not profitable, right?
Window Cleaning - History, Tools, and More
Modern cleaning services usually offer their expertise to different types of organizations that conduct their business at a specific location. Because of the competitive costs offered by these cleaning companies, it has become commonplace for business organizations to hire third party cleaning firms, rather than employ their own cleaning crew. These days, cleaning personnel affiliated with service providers are now at airports, hotels, banks, malls, casinos, commercial centers, restaurants, country clubs, retail stores, fitness centers, and financial institutions. Corporate offices are some of the biggest clients of cleaning companies.
Office cleaning is usually allotted a huge workforce and a wide variety of cleaning supplies and equipment in order to cover all the bases. It is easy for companies to thrive if they can enter into contracts with businesses that maintain offices in high-rise buildings and industrial complexes. Nevertheless, cleaning companies must demonstrate that they have the capability to provide consistent, professional level services so that their clients will choose to retain them.
Each client has specific needs. Cleaning companies with an individualized approach find more clients hiring them for services, which are tailor fit for their company setup. There are also cleaning firms that offer custom services, which are arranged as requested by the office manager or business owner. These firms also find huge success, especially since most companies these days are on the lookout for solutions that provide them with their exact needs.
Aside from commercial establishments, professional cleaning staff also performs all the necessary tasks to ensure that a hygienic environment is maintained in hospitals, healthcare facilities, doctors' clinics, as well as schools and research facilities. Nowadays, professional cleaning crews also tend to government facilities.
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A quality window cleaning tip can be a lifesaver when you are in a bind or when you just can't figure out how to get rid of those stubborn streaks. Outdoor windows can get very dirty and cloudy quickly, and cleaning windows usually involves a cleaning solution, a scrubber, scraper, a couple towels and a squeegee.
There isn't just one window cleaning tip that will help you learn how to use a squeegee, because the process is a learned technique. Using a squeegee is the most difficult part of window cleaning for even experienced window cleaners. To start off, use a good squeegee that is in great condition to insure no streaks, replace the rubber blade if necessary. This part of the window cleaning process will require a lot of practice because every squeegee is a little different and requires a different amount of pressure and speed to be effective. Practice over and over on one window until you get the hang of it. Most windows need to be squeegeed side to side instead of up and down. Side to side is much easier than up and down because it is easier to keep an even pressure on the squeegee head. Another window cleaning tip is to use a dry lint free towel to wipe the right side, and the top of the window edges dry. This will prevent water from dripping down on the window after you use your squeegee.
Keep practicing using a squeegee, and with time, you'll get the hang of it.
Be patient and know that this skill is not easy and even the professionals struggle with it from time to time. Once your windows are clean, you and your family will appreciate the clear view to outside and the time you took to improve your home.
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