Networking with local window cleaners

Do you guys network with local companies?

If so, how has it gone for you?

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Yes we have. Found it beneficial to meet and be friendly with competitors and other window cleaners. Built some solid relationships that allows us to assist, refer and work together on large projects. Have even borrowed DI resin in a pinch. Last week we had lunch with another cleaner. Learned some tips and tricks that they were using. End up usually buying, selling or trading some equipment along the way. Just like meeting and helping other window cleaners in online forums, and trade shows like The HUGE, I believe it is beneficial to the cleaners, strengthens the trade and is professional to the image portrayed the customers.

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Couldn’t have said it better myself!

We also try to network with local companies like @Addisonwindow !

I personally think there is plenty of glass out there for all of us.

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I have friends around the area also in the business, we throw each other some work here and there. Do you have any tips for actually networking together?

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I’d say just try and reach out and build relationships with other window cleaners.

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I’m new to this window cleaning industry as a full time company and as I live in New Zealand I’m not sure how many Kiwi’s are on this forum. But would love to catch up. Otherwise I’ll just continue to watch the you tube videos you guys put out and educate myself. Thanks Luke for the networking opportunity.

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Hey @CamboNZ! Happy to help! We love networking and connecting with all of you folks :smiley:

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If it weren’t for those alliances early on I would have burned out and crashed long ago. From what I should be using to where I can find work to do the guys who have been around the city and the business for long enough see what’s going on out there and can help you. There were businesses that have come and gone. There was a business that started up did defogging and window cleaning but the young owner moved out west and with referred all his clients to contact me which really boosted the amount of good clients and and businessy way. So thankful for meeting these people.

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@AdamPWC We have met for lunch and breakfast and discussed trends and local issues relating to our area, competitors and tools equipment etc… About 5 months ago we met two other small biz window cleaners at our mid sized commercial job. We swapped WFP, mops & squeegees, to get a different feel, looked at each others set-ups and goofed off a lot because there was so much horsepower working. We had lunch and did another commercial job together, changing roles ie…one guy doing pole work, then switching etc…We were able to pass along a PCC to one of these guys as a result of working together.

Talk about problem customers and commercial slow payers and look out for each other in general. One local friendly competitor has really built his storefront book. We helped him out and made some suggestions and he has continued to kill it. “hey can you help me out over here or can you assist me with this if I get busy” and that sort of thing. I’ve never had any one these guys try to steal customers or anything, there is plenty of work.

My insurance agent introduced me to a client of his that owns a very large window cleaning company in my area. Not really competition because he does mid-rise and very large jobs that are way to big for me. We met had coffee and an opportunity came along to bid on a hospital. It was way too big for us. So the superintendent said, “you are the 6th or 7th guy to come out her and tell me you can’t do the work. Do you know who can do the work?” So it was perfect for him and his guys. So I threw him a bone, he got the job and made bank and he threw me some small jobs that were not profitable for him.

Not everyone can get along, so watch your back. But I’ve met some quality like minded people who happen to clean windows like me.

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Sounds like some great experiences! Thanks for the input

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This is very helpful and as I am new and honestly a bit scared. I find comfort in this forum. A since of confidence with Luke and his wife’s videos. I’m excited!

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Oh, I’m in northeast Georgia

And I can’t figure out how to add my logo to my profile :joy::joy:

Welcome @DPClean! Glad to have you!

You can change your profile pic by tapping your avatar in the right hand corner. Click your name at the left then go to preferences. You’ll see the option there to add your pic :wink:

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Thank you Luke! You guys are very impressive!!:+1:

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Well thank you buddy! If you have any other questions feel free to ask away!

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Welcome, nothing to be scared of. Everyone is new at something sometime. You made the plunge, it’s all good.

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