Windows Cleaning Supply Company
A ground floor window washing business is one of the most affordable window business types.
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Starting a ground floor window washing business is one of the more affordable window cleaning business types to start, as you will not require expensive extension ladders, lifts or scaffolding. Especially for entrepreneurs who are not good with heights but enjoy the window cleaning business concept, a ground floor window cleaning business caters to clients with storefronts, single story buildings and homes. Equipment will fit easily into a small car or van, further reducing the upfront investment.
1. Perform market research in your area to determine the viability of a ground floor window washing business. Note competitors you find in your local phone book and potential residential or business customers. Demographic information for market research may be found at your town hall and taking drives through neighborhoods and business districts will give you an idea of predominant building structures.
2. Learn about window washing techniques and business practices by joining the International Window Cleaning Association or Master Window Cleaners of America. Both associations offer window cleaning training courses and other resources.
3. Write a window washing business plan outlining all startup and operational details and estimated costs of your business. A business plan is necessary if you plan to finance all or part of your new window washing company.
4. Apply for a local business permit at your town, city or county government office, and obtain state tax permits and licenses online from your state business or taxation office. Some states may require you to apply for a window washer contractor's license. If you are structuring the company as a corporation, limited liability company or partnership, file the proper forms with your secretary of state.
5. Purchase window washing equipment and supplies from your local hardware store or window washing supply company. Your equipment should include at least a selection of squeegees, sponges, brushes, buckets, extension poles, cleaning chemicals, rags and a step stool or folding ladder. Even though you will be cleaning ground floor windows, extension poles, step stools and folding ladders will come in handy for large storefront windows.
6. Purchase a vehicle or use your existing one. The vehicle must be large enough to transport your supplies, and must be reliable and reasonably attractive to project a quality business image.