When you’ve got a knack for entrepreneurship, it’s hard to keep your hands out of a new project. Well if you’re looking for just one more small business concept to spark your interest— we’ve got an idea that will be hard for any business wizard to resist. Remember offering up window washing services as a kid to fund your summer activities? Or perhaps your little ones have adopted the same practice on their own— whether it’s walking dogs or mowing lawns.
Well it turns out that window washing can be a pretty lucrative business model if done right! Window washing professionals can make around $60,000 per year at rates from $40 to $70 an hour. If you’ve got the entrepreneurial know-how and the tools to execute, you’re practically on the fast-track to success in the window cleaning business. We’re going over our 5 step process to setting up your own window washing company to help you get started!
Step 1: Educate Yourself on the Industry
Before you jumpstart any project, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of the industry. This can help you identify what works for other service professionals, give you the appropriate lingo to “talk the talk,” and show you how to refine your processes before you even get started. Need some resources to start with? Housecall Pro window cleaning software creates a community with other industry pros where you can collaborate, ask questions, and get new ideas to grow your new business.
Once you’re confident in “talking the talk” and have started the legal process to form your small business, you’re just about ready to get to work. But first— step two!
Step 2: Find Your Market
Whether you’re already familiar with your potential market from the school carpool or PTA, or you’re just starting to play with ideas, this is a super important piece of the puzzle. Afterall, without customers, you really won’t have much work to do. So how do you find your market? First, use your personal network!
As a business-minded mom you probably already have a pretty amazing base of potential customers and window washing is a pretty universal service. Reach out to your online network on social media, chat it up in the carpool line, or hand out flyers to the parents at the soccer field. Once you find your loyal customer network, word will travel fast. Referrals are a great place to start as your business is just taking off. This gradual generation of leads tends to be more manageable than launching with hundreds of leads. And as a busy mom, you probably need all of the time you can get before debuting yet another project.
Step 3: Set Your Operations Up for Success
Even before you get to work hiring and starting service, use your organizational skills to set your business up for success. From business operations to finding the right window washing tools, setting yourself up for efficiency should be one of your top priorities. Try using an HR management software system like Zenefits to make the hiring and onboarding process easier when you bring on new employees. Use a task management system like Todoist to keep tabs on internal office duties and your personal to-do list.
When it comes to marketing and business growth operations, having a tool like CallRail can help you keep track of where your leads are coming from to help you figure out what strategies are working, and what’s not. Sign up for a free online survey tool to give you insight on customer satisfaction when you start service.
Step 4: Hire Expert Technicians
Hiring an excellent staff is crucial if you want to be successful in the service industry. Your staff has a big impact on how your customers relate to your business and hiring the wrong employees could mean painful headaches for you. Find qualified technicians by using Ziprecruiter to post your open job opportunities.
Step 5: Start Servicing
After you’ve got the right tools, permits, a great staff ready to work— you can make a serious splash in your community!
Once you get going in the day-to-day grind of starting your own business, you’ll find that there are typically more than five easy steps to starting a new business concept. But with this helpful guide you can get the process going and make your startup truly your own experience. With many tech tools and helpful resources out there (and your legendary super-mom powers), we know amazing opportunities are in your future!