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What will I be doing?
As long as there are rocks and baseballs, there will be windows that need replacing. Your job, should you decide to accept it, is to find such windows and make them as good as new. They are on houses, retail stores, as well as on cars and trucks. It’s straightforward work: a window replacement service removes damaged windows and/or frames and replaces them with new ones.
What will I need to start?
Window replacement is a skill that can be self-taught. There are many how-to videos at large building supply stores that show you how to cut and install glass panes, replace window units and address other related skills. Other books and videos are available on replacing automotive glass.
Tools are basic: You’ll need a hammer, screwdrivers, putty knives, an assortment of rubber suction cups (for moving and placing glass) and other tools depending on what you’re replacing and where. If you’re replacing a window 100 feet off the ground, for example, you will want some safety equipment.
You will also need a place to store glass sheets and a vehicle for transporting them. Car windshields and door glass can be installed in your garage so you won’t have to go to their site as you will with a house or business.
Who will my customers be?
Customers for your window replacement service include individuals, retailers, malls, glass wholesalers, car owners, janitorial services, car dealers, little league baseball players and others.
The best way to reach these potential customers is to keep your name in front of them all the time so they call you when a window suddenly needs replacement. Place an ad in the local telephone book and in service directories. In addition, produce a flier or brochure on your services and give them to real estate agents, retailers, general contractors, car dealers or anyone else who may call on you or refer others to you.
How much should I charge?
The typical rate for a home-based window replacement service is $35 to $70 an hour. However, most services quote prices by the size and quality of the glass and the difficulty of replacing it. Your glass wholesaler can help you establish competitive prices based on costs and required labor. Also, contact your local insurance agents to offer your services and to ask how they estimate the replacement price of a window.
How much will I make?
A full-time home-based window replacement service can earn an aggressive owner $35,000 to $50,000 a year in net income after paying overhead expenses. The more profitable services are those that work most efficiently and manage their costs well. They also know how to find more business when things are slow. (That doesn’t mean going out and breaking windows!)
How can I get started?
If you have lots of experience replacing windows, you’re nearly ready to start now. If not, find wholesale glass services in regional telephone books and talk with them about your plans. Start gathering the tools and equipment you’ll need for your specialty. Talk with local insurance agents about breakage policies and deductibles. Many of your checks will be coming from them and they can send business your way.
Start advertising your services when you’re ready and make sure that every customer you have is a walking advertisement for your skills and fairness.
The SIC code for window replacement services is 1751-05.
How can I use computers to increase profits?
Computers are useful to window replacement services and to other small home-based businesses. They track income, expenses, customers, inventory, supplies, suppliers, and more. They can also help you find professional associations and other window replacers who can teach you more about making money with your business.