The peak season for gutter cleaning might be different depending on where you live. I live in the north eastern part of the United States, so I have cold winters and hot summers. Gutter cleaning goes on for the most part of the year, mainly coming to an almost dead halt during the winter once the snow comes down. It peaks usually in the first week of November, right about when most of the leaves are done falling. This is an amazing period of money falling off trees. It begins to pick up towards the beginning of October. There’s also a good gutter cleaning market during the Spring time.
If you live more south like Georgia, North/South Carolina, Texas areas, you pretty much have an all-year gutter cleaning season that will most likely increase during and after it rains. This is when most people realize they have a gutter problem when they see water overflowing.
If gutter cleaning isn’t consistent all year round for you, what do you do off-season to keep making money?
There are a few option that you can easily get into. Most of the knowledge that you learned in this course can be slightly altered and applied to many different niches.
Snow removal is super easy to get into because if you already have a truck, all you have to do is get yourself a shovel or a snow blower and you are in business. As soon as it snows the demand is so high that people will be calling 10-15 companies before they find someone that can get to them. Most established companies can no longer take on any new customers because they already have recurring residential and commercial contracts established that keep them busy every time it snows. You have to realize that when it snows, there is only a few hours to take care of the snow before people have to drive out of their driveway for work. Because of this limited amount of time to clean the snow, there is only so many customers a company can service. This opens a huge demand for new companies to slide in and capture the overflow, and turn them into recurring customers.
I have successfully made 3-4k per day per snowfall every year with just shovels and snow blowers. I made even more with roof snow removal. One year I had more work than I could handle so I had some buddies work for me and because I had no truck to provide them, and they had no truck, they ended up driving around in a little old beat up Honda Civic with shovels to take care of customer driveways. You can imagine how difficult that was while it was heavily snowing. I only had one person complain about them showing up in a civic, but everyone else was fine and either way the customer paid. As long as their snow is gone in time for them to leave to work no one cares how the job is done, as long as it is done. My point with this story is that anyone can do it and there’s no excuse not to get going. You don’t need a snow plow unless you want to get into commercial snow removal.
If you follow the marketing steps I outlined in this course, you might not be able to do Fall Cleanup because it peaks at the same time as gutter cleaning – when all the leaves fall off the trees. It could be combined with gutter cleaning to create a nice up-sell. Fall cleanup is the simple service of getting rid of all the leaves that fell from the trees on your customer’s property. It’s really simple because all you need is a rake, blower and some heavy duty bags. Instead of manually bagging away all the leaves, you can also choose to mow over them to make it easier to collect them and to provide a cleaner look.
Power / Pressure Washing
So now you have a busy winter and a busy fall. That leaves Spring and Summer. A pressure washing business is the key. You already have a ladder(s), a way to transport the ladder(s), now all you have to do is buy a pressure washer. I made my first ten thousand dollars pressure washing with a $300 pressure washer before it exploded. Pressure washing gets busy in the spring and you can charge on average much more for pressure washing than you do for gutter cleaning because it takes much longer. I will be doing a course on this as well, but once again, know that with just a little extra research into power washing, you can combine your knowledge gained from this course to get started right away.
Window cleaning is great because it continues all year round. Window cleaning jobs tend to take longer and make less than gutter cleaning and power washing, but it’s good consistent work that is available all year round. It’s also extremely easy and cheap to get started. You can have all the necessary tools and supplies for under $50 and you already have a ladder and a way to transport it. I will also be doing a course on window cleaning, but again, combining the knowledge you’ve gained from this course with some extra research into window cleaning, you are ready to go.
The best part about these additional services is they are all pretty simple, you already have the things you need to get started with them and you will find that many of your gutter cleaning customers will start asking you if you provide these additional services, so they will become easy upsells. That’s why if you start looking into gutter cleaning companies you will find that many of them advertise these same services as well.