Thank you. Will do, along with fire plug wrench and manhole hook.
Hello. My name is Charlie and I’ve got a one man business in the Southern California area, Carter Window & Specialty Cleaning. I started and now restarted my business after taking a break from it. I’m trying to get my angle on commercial work including solar panels and building washing. I’ve got a truck bed outfitted with my equipment and looking for ways to grow my business. Thanks and glad to be here.
Weren’t you here a couple of years ago?
Yep… I had started my business and then life happened. So I’m back at it and ready to make it happen!
Hey, new here and just stopping in to say hi. Hoping for a good fall season with pressure washing, etc.
hello and welcome to the forum.
I notice you have docks listed, what is your fish friendly recipe for docks?
Nice welcome, @Dirtyboy
Of course, if you ask the wrong question that seems to be what people get around here.
That was a typo, I fixed it. Funny though.
I figured this guy was down south and probably drives past more docks in a day than I do all year. Was curious if he used something other than pressure. Always looking for new info to squirrel away…winter is coming.
Agreed. Always looking to learn more info and better my trade.
Hi everyone! After ~10 years in the tech industry I’ve decided to take the plunge and try to start something of my own. My partner and I are looking to start our own Home Services company. We were thinking about starting super small and just starting with gutter cleaning until we rack up enough money to get a pressure washer and surface cleaner to do roof cleanings, driveways, sidewalks, house wash, etc. My bf mike used to be a roofer, but has no experience with pressure washing and me (coming from tech world), I have zero experience. We are located in Jersey City, NJ but want to offer services in the surrounding suburbs, eventually moving to PA and doing business there. Currently all we have in terms of transportation is my '09 Dodge Avenger - not great. We can get started with renting a van anytime we get jobs, but I know working with a sedan won’t be sustainable. My main concern isn’t learning how to do everything, i’m very confident i’ll love this and will eventually (with practice on my family’s homes ) get good, but i’m really concerned about being a female in this industry. i’ve watched HOURS of videos on PW and gutter cleaning and I’ve yet to see a woman doing it, so i’m just hopeful that I can be taken seriously once I put the hours in and am able to provide work i’m proud of. Anyways, this forum is a great well of knowledge, I know i’ll be coming back here a lot to find answers to my questions, so thanks to everyone on here for being so generous with their experience and knowledge.
There are definitely females in the industry, I’ve met several at conventions and such. Know what you’re talking about, and very few people will give it a second thought. Welcome aboard!
Hello! Matt from southeast Wisconsin. I am a machinist by trade. I have spent the last few days poking around at all the information available on this site. All I can say is WOW! I have done a few friends/family jobs this past summer and had good success. I plan to spend this winter setting up the basic structure of my business, researching and building my equipment. I hope I will be able to contribute to the wealth of information and/or at least a few laughs over the coming years.
Jersey can be an awesome market to work in, several people on this forum are from jersey. You have population density and a longer work window than other parts of the country. Depending on where you travel to, there are some very lucrative markets in jersey (meaning high $$ washes).
If you go to PA and advertise, get a contractor number from the AGs office before you make up any advertising. The law states that it has to be on all advertisements for contractors. You will need insurance to get a contractor number. Not being smart, but if you moved into my area and didn’t have a contractor number and started advertising I would call them. WHy should I have to pay the fees and get ins and put the number on everything if you don’t have to. Just saying. I don’t wish you any ill will, just making sure you get the feeling that other contractors have.
I wouldn’t even be concerned about being a woman, it would probably be an advantage. Most of the people I talk to when doing homes and decks are women. When I get out of my truck and approach them they have once stance, then when they see my wife (very rare occassion) or daughter (still rare) get out of the truck you can see them visibly relax. Of course I spent a lifetime observing people, I pick up on body language quick.
There are several people on here that are from wisconsin, the most well known is schertz due to his schertz box. Good luck to you.
Whoa. Does this include social media?
Schertz is from Illinois.
Either way they’re both North of Martinsville VA so they are both of no account
Hmm, i thought he posted on here that he did work in Wis. Thanks for correcting me.