Want to start your own car detailing business? Follow these 5 crucial guidelines
Stuck on how to start your own car detailing business? Well, you have the initial capital and your passion for detailing cars is eminent. But you are anxious to ‘test the waters’ of the auto detailing world.
Your worries are valid! After all, the major car detailing companies are doing great. They are enjoying huge traffic of clients and seem lucrative. On the other hand, competition is at an all-time high. Chances are your competitors will face your out of business as soon as you start.
Luckily, the car detailing industry is progressing swiftly. More vehicles are finding their way to roads and car exhibitions. This means people need auto detailing services more than ever. This presents an opportunity to cash in big and what better way than starting a car detailing business.
Starting your business is just the first step. Like any other business person or organisation, as a car detailer, you should exercise patience and work hard to scale your business. But that’s for another day.
Here we focus on how to start your car detailing business and begin reaping the benefits ASAP.
Let’s get right into it!
Choose your business name
A catchy name will actually do the trick. You can try ‘Quickwash Auto Detailers’ or ‘Starcleaners Car Detailing Company’. Remember you are building a brand and your brand will certainly revolve around your business name.
A bad name will leave customers poking fun at your business. But a good, creative name will leave your business memorable. There are many business name list generators online. So get searching if you are not that creative. If need ideas in for a catchy business name, follow the link.
Create a business plan
A well-planned out business plan will help you map out how to start and run your car detailing business successfully. The business plan touches on your company goals and profiles which you’ll adhere to years into your business. In your business plan you may want to include:
Company description – Describes what you do, your niche and how your business is different from others
Service or product line – Clearly outlines your products and services and how they will benefit your clients
Financial projections – Includes funding requests and financial plans for your small business
Remember, a business plan is an important roadmap for business success. So get planning.
Take advantage of free counselling services and training. While you are a professional car detailer, you need to learn a lot, from securing financing and preparing a business plan, to relocating or expanding your business. Get a mentor, typically someone who knows the ins and outs of the car detailing niche. Or someone who has experience running a successful business. You can even see how some of Adelaide’s experts, such as adelaideautomotivedetailing.com.au run things. I know they posted some gold tips on their car detailer Disqus page.
Buy endless tools, products and chemicals
Shopping for car cleaning materials is not just picking up window squeegees here, cleaning towels there and other random products. You need to shop for quality products. Car care products from Meguiar’s are highly trusted by professional car detailers. Why not give them a try? You can even offer add-on services, such as paint protection like Adelaide Automotive Detailing – adelaideautomotivedetailing.com.au/services/paint-protection/
Market your detailing company
Obviously, you want to start your business with a bang. You want to get a line of customers as soon as you open the doors to your business. So get marketing! Mail or pass out fliers and business cards to homes and local businesses. Even local business directories like Start Local. Or go the ads way. More importantly, forge partnerships with car care businesses in your locality.