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Thinking of a static system?
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Static! No, not the static that makes your hair stand on end, although given some of the prices we researched in the current market, I am sure it would do just that. Maybe raise an eyebrow or two as well. We are talking about ‘static systems’. A static system sits in a shed/out building, garage or premises and generates pure water for window cleaning 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Why buy a static system?…

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Rope Access Safety – The Objective of Job Planning.
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By Nick Blodans Safety is the number one priority when it comes to working at height. Safety regarding the working individual, the co-workers directly or indirectly involved, and the other lives and exposures that may be present or near the work you are carrying out. No matter what method or type of work it should all begin the same way. Start by planning the job, identifying the hazards, choosing equipment that’s right for the job, and developing a…

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You refuse an employee time off and they call in sick – what can you do?
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This situation clearly does raise suspicion, however, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. When the employee returns to work, ensure that you hold a return to work interview with them to understand fully what their ailment was. Whilst you cannot turn the clock back and avoid this particular situation, you can certainly take some action to ensure that employees are deterred from doing it again. Having to face you and explain the details of their ‘illness’ –…

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What is the liability of householders to window cleaners on ladders?
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Back in the 1900’s before the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 was a mere twinkle in the eye of the HSE’s first Director General, John Locke (74) window cleaning, just as all other trades, took great risks. Residential window cleaning by large window cleaning companies were reserved mainly for the very rich and the commercial sector boomed. Around this time, as the population could buy more with their money, working class folk would begin…

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The truth about undercutting residential prices
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I noticed this post yesterday in the Window Cleaning Magazine Facebook Group. A member had posted something they found else where on Facebook. It was a post about a window cleaner displaying his prices that were far lower than the average, in some cases by 50%. So what is the logic behind this? Is it that the window cleaner in question has no idea what to charge or is it something more sinister such as undercutting the…

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6 things you should consider before hiring your first employee?
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(UK related content) There could come a time when you may want to expand your window cleaning business and so getting your first employee is crucial to that goal. Where do you get your staff? How do you interview? What should you look out for? Here at WCM we have all the questions to these answers and more. Today we are looking at employing your first employee for your window cleaning business. There are 6 things…

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Are you open for business?
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Running a successful window cleaning/softwashing/pressure washing business is about balance. At the beginning of the business you will wear many hats. It will be you that deals with the sales, the work and quality, the after sales, the bookkeeping, the buying, the planning, the scheduling, and the training. Ideally you might aspire to first base of a real business, getting an employee to help you. Ordinarily, a tipping point of working hours is required in order…

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