Professional Cleaning Services in Ashland
One of the steadiest service businesses going is also one of the most invisible. If you work in a Ashland 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 Ashland 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 Ashland 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 Ashland clients as well as their places of business.
One of the attractive features about starting this kind of cleaning business in Ashland 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 Ashland, 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.
Ashland Janitorial Services
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 Business Names - How to Choose a Good DBA
One of the main reasons that car owners have the windows tinted is to protect the interior from unwanted glare from the sun and damaging sunrays. This is also the reason that many homeowners tint their windows but the window tinting in this case is protecting the curtains, flooring, furniture, and interior from fading and it helps to conserve energy. For both, the tinting that is used is a thin polyester film that has been coated with an anti-scratch layer. When doing window cleaning on tinted windows that have just been installed make sure that you wait until they are properly cured. For films it is usually three to five days but with tinted windows it can take from twenty to thirty days.
You can also make your own cleaning solution at home. You will need a clean spray bottle in which you mix regular dish soap and white vinegar in water. It should be one part dish soap and vinegar to three parts water. Spray it on a small area on the outer side of the window. Wipe the area in circular motions to remove the dust and dirt particles and then use another cloth dampened with plain water to remove the soapy remains from the window tinting. Dry the area with a soft dry cloth. Follow this procedure for the west of the window cleaning.
Office Cleaners in Ashland
When you start thinking of a name, try not to use your own name. Like Joe's Window Cleaning, or Frank's Window Washing. It is a good idea to have the words window washing or window cleaning in your business name. I recommend using window cleaning instead of window washing as it seems to have a better search rating on Google.
One good way to start thinking about names is to look online at what window cleaners are already calling their business. An important note is that you can choose any name you want just as long as there is not another company using the same name in your area. If they are in another town then you should be fine. Unless of course it's a national franchise in which case you might run into complications. For example Fish Window Cleaning, this is a name that you can not use as it is a national company.
Once you have decided on your name and you have found it is available online as well then go to your county clerks office and see if it is available. This is called registering for a DBA or "Doing Business As." I suggest having one or two back up names or variations of your chosen name in case it is already taken. Once you purchase your name at the county clerks office you should then go purchase the domain online. If you purchase the domain first you might be wasting your money if it's not available at the county clerks office. The name will cost about $50 depending on where you live, and you will have to renew your name ever so many years. Be sure to save your paper work they send you as its your official claim on your name.