A good way to look at starting a detailing business or any business is to look first at your experiences, both skill and business wise. There are a lot of business opportunities out there and one main topic is the auto detailing business. In every start-up business a person makes, there will always be the pride and satisfaction of being your own boss and having your own business, right?
Detailing cars as a profession is hard work. As you know, auto detailing is the performance of thorough cleaning, restoration, and finishing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail. If that is interesting to you, then auto detailing can be very rewarding. There is a lot of things involved (this includes a lot of greases) and the work is demanding if you succeed.
Here are some guides in starting up your own auto detailing business:
Step 1: Proper location and acquire local permits. Rent a facility for your business operations that has an adequate water supply, drainage and ventilation. You may check with the authorities in the area or in the local government for fees, local permits, licenses or any requirements needed to start your own business.
Step 2: Get Experience. It is crucial to have lots of experience detailing vehicles, especially before you start car detailing for wealthy individuals with very expensive cars. Keeping your own car in great shape is a good advertisement. Get more experience by detailing your friends’ and family members’ cars. You can start with a few people who trust you and give them a very low, discounted rate. You may use these as your testimonials and references.
Step 3: Invest in the right tools and equipment. Buy cleaning chemicals from a supplier or auto detailing supply company, including car wax, window, exterior, interior, wheel, tire and carpet cleaners. Also, you have to purchase cleaning tools from a hardware store or auto detail supply company, including a vacuum, buffer, towels, window squeegees, buckets, brushes, sponges and plenty of cotton cleaning towels.
Step 4: Insurance. One factor for running an auto detailing business is having the right insurance. For you to have peace of mind about some liabilities – just in case for possible damage to a customer property, you have to ask your local insurance agent for options.
Step 5: Advertise and market your business. You may hand out some fliers, put some ads in newspapers or the most common nowadays is thru social media sites. People acquire information through social media sites. I think the ‘word of mouth’ is the best advertising. When they pull up to their friends/family/car club and their car is insane, they’re going to tell them about you. So, try to establish relationships with auto repair shops or other businesses that work with many car owners. If you’ve done great quality work, they’ll brag and give your contact info to them. The cars you detail will advertise for you.
Step 6: Charging for your services. For starters, you’ll have to charge less in order to get customers. Find out what other people in your area are charging to give you a starting off point.
Step 7: Have the best attitude. To succeed, you must have a great attitude. You must believe that you are the best and when it comes to work make sure to have a high quality.
Starting an auto detailing business from scratch may seem hard, it can actually become quite rewarding if it is done right. Remember these point system: Mobility- Convenient – Outstanding Results.