You can start a mobile car detailing business with little investment or almost no cash. The risk is minimal and you get to choose your own work hours. It’s a great business to do part time especially if you’re in college or have a job and want to supplement your income. Here are a few tips to get you going.
Do The Math
First, do your homework. First, how much time will you spend on each car. Time yourself, this way you’ll have an estimated per car working period. Second, determine how much your rate will be. Study other mobile car detailing ventures in your area. Know the rates they ask and set your fees in the mid range level. Third, after knowing how much time is needed to work on a car and after determining your rate per car, compute how many cars you need to service in a day to be profitable.
Decide on a name. It needs to be in line with what you have to offer — but catchy and memorable. You may have to visit the clerk’s office at your local city hall to register your trading name. While you’re there you’ll need to obtain a business license. The application process and fees will vary depending on the area. If you plan on marketing car care products in addition to your detailing services, additional permit requirements may apply. You should also obtain liability business insurance to protect against potential property damage.
Finally, you need to choose the right supplies and equipment. Hoses, buckets and clothes are basic items. If, depending on where your clients are, you have access to a power outlet it’s a good idea to invest in one of the small steam cleaners on the market; they’re great for removing upholstery stains and brake dust from wheels.
Being your own boss offers freedom and flexibility. Be patient and don’t expect immediate success. It takes time to grow a business.