Business: Window Genie of South Jersey
Owner: Paul Guglielmi, 57, of Cold Spring, Lower Township
Location: Home based
Employees: 1 full time, 1 part time.
Window Genie is part of the largest national window-cleaning service in the country with 75 to 80 franchises. I bought a Window Genie franchise with a territory in Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland counties.
The business is basically a professional window-cleaning service that does window cleaning, window tinting for keeping light and heat out, gutter cleaning and power washing — the washing of homes, concrete, decks, things of that nature.
We have a number of different services. We have a window care program in which people will get their windows cleaned two to four times a year. People will call, and I’ll go out and do an estimate for them, and we’ll schedule the service.
We have a very recognizable vehicle, a Ford transit van completely wrapped in the Window Genie logo. Part of the service is people don’t want strangers coming into their home I can email them beforehand the ID badges of the technicians before they go out to the job so they know who’s going to be there.
We can set up any program on an annual basis.
The window tinting is something we also offer. That is a tremendous reduction in energy costs because of the heat it blocks out in the summer months. It’s a film that’s applied to the interior of the windows that blocks out 99 percent of the UV rays and helps stop discoloration of furniture and fading.
Entry: I had been in the corporate world for 33 years. I was a corporate manager and was looking to start something on my own. My position was eliminated. So I continued on my path. I had already been doing some investigation in different franchises and Window Genie came out on top of the other franchise that I had researched.
I’m very pleased I made the move. I should have done it years ago. It’s somewhat liberating to run your own business and be your own boss.
The future: I want to build this into a much larger business that is employing local folks. There’s definitely a need on the residential side for these types of services.
Staff writer Brian Ianieri