Detailing businesses have existed for as long as there have been modes of personal transportation. People understand that the regular care and maintenance of their car really matters. Not only this, people, more than ever, are able to keep cars for longer periods of time, prompting them to look at ways to keep their cars not only running well, but looking good as well.
Plus, when you add to this the fact that people increasingly have less time due to extended job hours, juggling multiple jobs or going to school as well, and mobile detailing just makes sense. People want an option that saves them time and mobile detailing is a perfect way to cross something off the to-do list without having to take extra time from their already busy schedules.
So, there is obviously a need for this type of service. And, done correctly, auto detailing can be a lucrative business for you.
There are a few things to consider when you’re looking into starting this type of business. Tom from Orlando Mobile Detailing Pros shared a few things you should think about before starting your business.
For starters, get a real understanding of what the market in your city looks like. Compare what type of packages and prices different mobile detailers are offering to their customers. This will give you an understanding of the potential profit you can make form your business.
Also, keep in mind what region of the country you are setting up shop. For example, his business is in Orlando, Florida, which basically has sunny weather all year around. Which means, his business stays busy year-round and is not slowed down by harsh winters.
Another thing to consider is the population and demand for detailing and car care services. Doing research on the area and search volume for this type of service can help you understand the income potential.
Now, Tom did highlight the fact that a completely mobile car detailing business has low start up costs since you will not have to invest in an actual physical location as a start up cost.
Keep in mind that the largest upfront cost for starting your business would be the vehicle. This required that you purchase a vehicle that is large enough to carry all tools and materials needed for handling a variety of car detailing and other vehicle detailing services.
In addition to that, keep in mind that you will need to find a vehicle that accommodate space for you to complete the back end activities of your business as well. Things such as record-keeping, payment processing and client communication will likely take place in your vehicle so make sure it is large enough and organized as well.