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Orbit Releases an Inexpensive Water Meter

The purpose of this article is to allow end users to voice their opinion of a product without leading questions or input from the manufacturer or AWC. The manufacturer has agreed to allow feedback about their product to be published "Uncut and UnBiased"

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Wipes! Wipes!

The purpose of this article is to allow end users to voice their opinion of a product without leading questions or input from the manufacturer or AWC. The manufacturer has agreed to allow feedback about their product to be published "Uncut and UnBiased"

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QuoteFlare

You run a business, so you’ve read the books and articles, watched the videos, and listened to the webcasts looking for answers. Ways to increase sales, decrease costs, improve systems, and most of all, increase profits. You’ve heard the basics: Make a good impression - Do one thing and do it well -Effectively communicate your message - Make incremental changes and measure the results - Keep good records - To grow you must delegate - and how bout, Learn from your mistakes. But how can you implement any of these theoretical ideas into your real business?

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Pump Controllers and why use one

The benefits of water fed pole systems have been widely recognised for many years - in particular the safety of the operator who can clean windows several storeys high from the ground. Across the world water fed pole is a much used and trusted tool of the professional window cleaner.
Carrying the right equipment providing a full capability, plus know-how of when and where the right use of kit is important. By detailing all the options that people have, we can see the why, where, what, when, and how each option could have it benefits: Doing this, in turn, identifies the alternate set-ups that have their own benefits. The Operator then is empowered to increase their efficiency, which reflects in higher hourly rates

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Site Assessments and Work Plans

by Stefan Bright

There has been a lot of chatter regarding the new OSHA regulations as they seem to be very specific to the window cleaning industry. The new Walking and Working Surfaces Subpart D Regulations pertain to fall hazards, portable ladders (and fixed) falling object hazards and training. Every professional window cleaner in the USA is exposed to some type of all 4 of these topics on a daily basis.

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Green and Black Gold

There’s gold in them there hills! Well maybe not the hills but certainly on sides of houses and on roofs. Yes, this work has been so plentiful that well, it’s just like gold!

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Target Date Fund - My Retirement Plan: A Look Under the Hood

Rather than choosing a mix of stocks and bonds to create a diversified portfolio, you can select a single fund designed to have the right combination of assets based on when you plan to retire — your "target date."
How do I know if I have this option available?

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What Should A Company Be Doing With The Approaching Summertime Lull To Ensure A Great Fall

Just because your prospective audience is on vacation or is spending money anticipating the back to school rush, doesn’t mean you and your organization should be twiddling your thumbs - especially when it comes to marketing and building revenue. Though business may be slower, keep in mind, a lot of people are also home, or working, and not on vacation, with plenty of cash flow just wishing they were poolside. Why not give them a reason and some relevant information and offers to help them make an informed decision to hire you today?

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Scott Ehrenkranz

My grandfather Henry Ehrenkranz, started the business in Houston, in 1947. He found a small window cleaning business that was for sale called University Window Cleaners. At the time he was working for his family window cleaning business, International Services based in Newark, New Jersey.

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Gutter Tool

This month’s Tools of the Trade was submitted by an AWC Magazine subscriber and I thought it valuable enough to show to our readers even though usually we have product reviewed by three or four cleaners.

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What Is Your Close Ratio?

Have you noticed that you are talking less and less to humans? Heck, I’m a people person and even I’m enjoying people-less business transactions. For example: I use the ATM almost exclusively now… I don’t talk to a bank teller unless I have to. I use the self checkout lines at the grocery store for speed… skipping the human lines almost every time. I use touch screens at my favorite restaurants to have my order placed before the server gets to my table. I always check amazon.com before I consider buying anything in person.

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OSHA Update

Industry Update Article
Prior to 1991, the use of rope descent equipment for window cleaning and other work at heights applications in the USA was for the most part, considered illegal. This was due to the fact that the equipment was not addressed by any regulatory or standards body. If not for the efforts of 40 or so professional window cleaners and the early founders of the IWCA, OSHA would not have held a public hearing in September, 1990 to determine the feasibility of using rope access equipment for building maintenance, particularly professional window cleaning.

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Benefits of Continuing Education

Regardless of the industry, whether you own your own business or work within a large or small company, continuing education is not only encouraged, but often times required in order to keep moving forward in your career growth potential.

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The Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

Window cleaning professionals who own their own businesses often earn great rewards for their hard work, but they also face risks that regular employees don't. From disasters to unpaid invoices, to legal issues and retirement... entrepreneurship isn't for everyone. Some days you may lose sleep thinking about how tight financially the winter will be. Then it’s not over when you wake up to tackle the spring season. With the stresses and responsibilities, you might not get a good night’s sleep until summer. So is it worth it?

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5 Around Marketing

Spring has arrived and no doubt you have your marketing strategy in full force.  When I first started my business in early 2000 I didn't have much money for marketing.  I was relying on word of mouth for the most part.  However, the speed at which word of mouth was working to ramp my business wasn't happening as quickly as I wanted.  I started doing what is now termed as 5 Around Marketing and it remained one of the most effective methods of marketing we ever did.

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Jeff Beigel, James Brady

This edition of the A Most Interesting Person focuses on the jobs people were doing before they got into window cleaning. My first story I hooked up with Jeff Beigel in Northbrook Illinois. Before he became one of the top Fish Franchisees in the country he had a successful life doing other things. I also caught up with NYC Fireman James Brady. He has been on the force for 15 plus years and was looking for a second job and he came by it kind of unexpectedly. Enjoy reading their interviews!

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Screen Tool

We want to know how window cleaners feel about tools of the industry not distributors or manufacturers who, well......might be biased. We send tools out to window cleaners for review and then report to you their findings "Uncut and Unbiased"

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Doing Windows

What I like about the window cleaning business is the feeling of freedom. You can be out and about for many hours a day and I find it a real joy to be outside, even when the weather is not so great here in Scotland. I like to keep delivering good quality service and have happy customers. Having a reliable app that makes it simple and straight forward to keep the records up to date on-the-go allows me to focus on satisfying work: Doing Windows.

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Why Conduct Regular Safety Meetings?

Why does the International Window Cleaning Association recommend conducting safety meetings on a regular basis with your management and employees?

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Choosing the Right Equipment

Probably the most common add on in the window cleaning business is pressure washing and this section will highlight tips and tricks and information that will help you when making pressure washing decisions.

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Preparing to Sell your Business

You are, no doubt, a skilled professional window cleaner. But as a business owner, you have also invested a significant portion of your life building and maintaining the business…not just cleaning. Rightly so, you probably have an emotional attachment to it. So, to say goodbye in a sale it may feel like you are losing a member of the family and if those emotions are left unchecked, they can have a real dollar impact on the outcome of your business sale. As much as possible, you need to find ways to remain objective, making a good business decision.

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Why Online Reviews Matter … and How They Can Fuel Your Business

Consumers are increasingly relying on the information that they find on Google and in online reviews to evaluate and choose businesses just like yours. In fact, according to research conducted by BrightLocal, 88% of people trust online reviews written by other consumers as much as word-of-mouth.

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Vickie Couture Head

Our search for interesting people this edition takes us to Orlando Florida home to A-1 Orange Exterior Building Services and its owner Vickie Couture Head. Her story spans three generations of window cleaners and this makes her “A Most Interesting Person.” Here is her story.

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Moerman Fliq

We want to know how window cleaners feel about tools of the industry not distributors or manufacturers who, well......might be biased. We send tools out to window cleaners for review and then report to you their findings "Uncut and Unbiased"

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The customer factor

Technology is all around us. Are you familiar with the software's and apps available to help you run a more successful operation?

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Final Rule for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personnal Protection Systems

Every issue we will highlight a safety aspect of a window cleaners business. We hope to bring you a variety of topics that will help keep you safe on the job.

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Is Adding Pressure Washing Right for You?

Probably the most common add on in the window cleaning business is pressure washing and this section will highlight tips and tricks and information that will help you when making pressure washing decisions.

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SEP-IRA

Ok you have made some money in your business now what. This section of the magazine will highlight everything money form the start to retirement.

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Residential Business Growth For Idiots Dummies?

This section is dedicated to ideas that you can incorporate in your business to make it better.

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Mike and Kelly Sanders

Each Issue we highlight someone from the industry that we find most interesting. It could be the way they come into the business, how they run a successful business or something really cool they have done. We hope you enjoy it!

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