Part-timer cleans up-$100,000 a year washing windows!October 12, 1998
Washington, D.C. - Philip Bregstone saw his window of opportunity 20 years ago, and now he's cleaning up by working at it only five months a year.
From April through August, Bregstone, 38, washes the windows of high rollers in the nation's capital and its suburbs. His client list includes New York Knicks' star hoopster Patrick Ewing, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, former Pennsylvania Governor William Schaeffer and ex-Congressman Jack Kemp.
His prices aren't cheap -- $350 for the average-size house up to $2,000 for the modern, glass-filled monsters. But his painstaking attention to detail has customers calling him back year after year - to the tune of $100,000 annually!
"They're fussy," says Bregstone, who founded Dr. Glass Window Cleaning in 1978 to support his rock-band playing at night. "They tell me they hire me because I'm fussy, too."
Bregstone's day job allows him to live in Boulder, Colo., the rest of the year with his wife Roberta, 38, and their two kids, Jonah, 3, and 4-month-old Julian.
There, he teaches music and heads up a local band.
"Window washing has allowed me to lead these two different lives," he says. "I'm Dr. Glass when I'm back East and Mr. Music out West."