Window cleaning has provided me with so much more than I could ever dream of, and so it is no wonder that I get excited to see new blood taking a step into the industry.
Marc Whitbread 23 started his window cleaning business at 17! Wow, I started much later and at 17/18, I was more interested in downing pints at the bar, squeezing my spots and trying to get my hands down the bra of Sharon from school.
Marc launched his window cleaning business when he was just 17 and now at 23 runs his business, Whitbread’s Window Cleaning
in Hampshire, employing two full- time staff. His business operates across Aldershot, Camberley, Farnham, Farnborough, Fleet, Hook, Sandhurst, Yateley, and other areas on the Hampshire-Surrey border
He has grown his customer base to more than 700 customers. His dedication and hard work has now been recognised and he has found himself nominated for Young Business Person Of The Year.
This has got to be a great example of a young person creating their own destiny and having control in their life. No sitting around on the X-Box all day for this guy. Marc is focused on being an entrepreneur, that’s working on his business and not in it.
At first, Marc, wanted to be a Chef when he left school and he had started some kitchen training but he quickly learned that the low kitchen pay and working for a boss was not his cup of tea.
He looked for business ideas and one of these stuck, “ When I was 12, I saw a guy with a water fed pole system, which lets you clean windows from the ground, it just stuck with me” said Marc.
“I started looking into start up costs and did some market research, and thought it had good potential”.
Mr Whitbread has now got 720 customers. His plan is to take on a new employee every year, he has just bought a third van that will be ready to use in November.
Marc says the secret is the combination of having the right attitude and filling a gap in the market. “There’s been a demand but I have always been very determined and put in the hours,” he added.
“A lot of people are just comfortable standing still, but for what? I want to grow a business not just be a window cleaner.”
When asked what he makes of being nominated for Young Business Person of the Year, he said: “I’m really pleased. I didn’t know how popular the awards were, but I was really pleased to find out that I had been shortlisted.”
I love this guy, reminds me of myself in attitude too. This story could be the motivation you need to go get more business and grow. We applaud Marc and wish him every success for the future.