Start a Window Cleaning Business, and Make Money!

Window washing is a minimum-investment home-based business you can do in almost any community.

| July/August 1976

Last year — after deciding to get away from all the ice and snow in Ohio — my wife, three children (aged 6, 3 and 1) and I packed up our '58 Chevy and headed south for Fort Meyers, Florida.

When we arrived in the Gulf Coast city, I had a grand total of $300 in my pocket (earned from a garage sale we'd held just before leaving Ohio). Little did I realize that the "fortune" would barely cover four weeks' rent for my family in a Florida beach town! With apartments going for $200 to $400 per month everywhere we looked, however, it soon became painfully obvious that we needed more bread. And pronto!

Now I believe in working for a living just as much as the next guy, but with all that beautiful sun, sand and surf to enjoy, I simply couldn't picture myself toiling away in an office from 8:00 to 5:00 each day. It'd be a sin, I convinced myself, to let all that sunshine and ocean air go to waste!  

So. I sat down under a palm tree and asked myself: "How can I make enough money to live down here, and still pretend that I'm on vacation?" The answer came to me so quickly it was almost funny. I could wash windows! After all, what kind of skill would I need to wash a window? None. That's right, absolutely none.

Bright and early the next morning I started walking the downtown streets, asking store owners and managers if they'd like their windows scrubbed. And, to be quite honest about it, most said "no". Still, after only two days of canvassing, I had contracted to wash, once every other week, the windows of no less than 23 shops, markets and other establishments.

I bought myself a metal bucket, a squeegee and some cleanser — which was all I needed, since I used the customer's water — and went into business, charging anywhere from $3.00 to $10 to do an average storefront's windows. And none of my accounts, even the $10 ones, ever took more than thirty minutes of my time!

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