Using Simply Business data, we’ve discovered the top regions for window cleaners in the UK by annual turnover.
These top 10 regions span the length and breadth of the country, from the south coast of England to Scotland’s capital. Take a look to find out which regions offer the highest earning potential.
We looked at data for the whole of 2018 to create our list. The top 10 is a cross-section of towns and cities all over the UK, showing there’s not just one hotspot for window cleaners.
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The top three towns tower above the rest by a significant margin – there’s almost a £30,000 gap between third-place Reading and Swansea, in position four.
Positions five and six are occupied by Poole and Southampton respectively, both towns on the south coast of England. It’s worth noting that the Sandbanks peninsula is in Poole, which is home to some of the most expensive property in the world.
London comes eighth and rounding out the top-10 list are the major northern cities of Manchester and Leeds.
A note on our data – when we ask businesses to enter their turnover they choose it in bands, for example £25,000-£49,999, £50,000-£74,999, and so on. When calculating the average turnover, we’ve used the lower figure of these bands. Each of these regions had more than 30 requests for an online quote in 2018.
Window cleaners are overwhelmingly sole traders, with 84 per cent choosing this simpler company structure in 2018. By contrast, only 9 per cent of window cleaners were incorporated as a limited company.
If your business is growing, you might be wondering whether it's worth incorporating. If you’d like to know more about the difference between the two structures, including the best time to make the switch, read our guide on changing from a sole trader to a limited company.
Modern technology means that window cleaners today often work from the safety of the ground. As the British Window Cleaning Academy (BWCA) explains: “The reality is that modern window cleaners don’t generally use ladders at all any more.”
While the profession might be safer than it once was, over a third – 37 per cent – of window cleaners chose to take out personal accident insurance in 2018.
Personal accident insurance can cover serious injury caused by an accident, with the money paid out used for things like lost income, medical costs and hospitalisation benefit, up to the limit of the policy.
There are different ways to grow a business – the strategies below could give you the ability to increase your turnover.
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