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What Does a Teenage Window Cleaner do? 

As a window cleaner, you’ll spend the majority of your time cleaning the windows of either small houses or in businesses, as the name suggests. For the first option where you clean household windows, you’ll use your own equipment to give them all a good scrub, and you’ll create your own company. For the second option where you clean business windows, you’ll use more equipment that will lift you up higher than most residential homes.. Basically, for both options, you’ll make sure the windows of a building are shining and glistening in the sunlight. It’s helpful to not be scared of heights as sometimes you may have to clean a second or even third story window, which means you may be 30 feet above the ground on a ladder.

How Much Does a Teenage Window Cleaner Get Paid?

As your own window washing company, you can expect to earn somewhere between $10-$15 per hour and if you work with a business you’ll earn probably between $15-$20 dollars.  The biggest problem with making your own business is that you will not have a stable income. You’ll have to find clients by yourself and if you can’t find one, then you won’t get paid.  Our advice is to sign up clients to consistently clean their windows each week or every two weeks.  That way, you have clients for a long time until they cancel.  

How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Window Cleaner?

  1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen window cleaner.  Doing so we’ll ensure your safety and they’ll likely be able to help you in your efforts.
  2. Before you begin, you’ll want to learn about the proper safety equipment. As I mentioned before, it can be a dangerous job if you don’t do the proper procedures for staying safe. For both the household and business window washers, you still need to read this.  A good resource is Working at Height Whilst Window Cleaning, a report done by the UK government’s safety agency. Although it is a UK resource, it is still applicable to any window washer out there. It contains information for both household window washers and business window washers.
  3. Now that you’ve gotten information, you should get the proper equipment. This is mainly for household window washers, but it is still good for skyscraper window washers. You can view specialized window washing stores to find a list of equipment. You don’t have to buy from them, but you can see all the equipment needed.  A good place to go to find the equipment you need is to go to this page on Amazon.
  4. You can now start to find and apply to jobs. For the household washer, this will mean to create your own company and advertise. Put up posters around your neighborhood with your phone number so people can call you for your service. Wait for someone to call to and they will interview you and hire you. For the industrial washer, you’ll apply to companies. You can search on sites like Indeed to find window washing positions. Don’t forget to attach your resume and possibly a reference.
  5. Congrats, you’re officially a teenage window washer. It might be tiring at times, scrubbing so many windows. Slowly, but surely you will gain quite a nice sum of cash that you can spend on your luxuries. You’ll also have experience searching for a job, which will increase your chances of finding a job in the future.

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Helpful Resources

  • Indeed.com:  A site where you can search for window washing jobs.  There aren’t too many listings here though, you’re better off asking around in your own neighborhood to find clients.
  • Amazon.com:  This website provides you with a full page of everything you need to start your window washing business.

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