How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Car Detailing Business: With Companion CD-ROM

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Are you looking to open a business that offers an endless stream of repeat customers, has a flexible work schedule, and allows you to make as much money as you are willing to put into it? If the answer is yes, then perhaps the car detailing business is for you. The average price for a complete car detail is $150 to $300. Even if you only service two cars per day, this can add up to a lot of money fast. Starting a detailing business may seem as easy as buying a sponge and a hose, but if you do not carefully plan ...

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Overview

Are you looking to open a business that offers an endless stream of repeat customers, has a flexible work schedule, and allows you to make as much money as you are willing to put into it? If the answer is yes, then perhaps the car detailing business is for you. The average price for a complete car detail is $150 to $300. Even if you only service two cars per day, this can add up to a lot of money fast. Starting a detailing business may seem as easy as buying a sponge and a hose, but if you do not carefully plan every detail, you may find yourself in over your head before you ever make a profit.

With this book, you will learn the most efficient ways to start and run a full-time business with a minimal amount of money, all in a minimal amount of time. This complete kit will address the question of whether you will have your own shop or whether you will be a traveling service, going straight to the customers’ locations, as well as the business information that you will need to know to handle each situation.

If you plan on opening a full-scale detailing operation, this book can help you with information on how computer systems can assist you with saving time and money, how to hire and keep a qualified professional staff, how to meet IRS requirements, how to manage and train employees, how to generate high-profile publicity, and how to implement low-cost internal marketing ideas. You will learn how to build your business by using low- and no-cost ways to satisfy customers, as well as ways to increase sales and referrals. This book outlines thousands of great tips and useful guidelines so you will be well on your way to working at the car wash — and owning one.  The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version.  It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at sales@atlantic-pub.com

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601382795
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 19

Chapter 1 Detailing 101: Business Basics 21

Ways to Break In 29

Earning Potential 34

Chapter 2 Putting Your Business Into Gear 37

Types of Detailers 37

Detailing Basics 39

Cashing In 43

The Underside of Detailing 45

When the Weather Outside is Frightful 47

On Your Mark 51

Chapter 3 Test Driving Your Market 53

Driving In Customers Through Market Research 53

Envisioning Your Business Future 62

Defining Your Mission 65

Chapter 4 Legal and Administrative Details 69

Making It Legal 69

Naming Rights - and Wrongs 74

Other Operational Issues 78

Hiring Business Advisers 81

Protecting Your Assets 84

Chapter 5 Mapping Out the Business 87

The Components of a Business Plan 88

Free Help, No Waiting 94

Chapter 6 Setting Up Shop 99

Your Detailing Needs 99

Details on Wheels 105

Dressing for Success 108

Outfitting Your Office 109

Chapter 7 Car Love 115

The Customer Meet-and-greet 115

The Car Detailing Process 120

Chapter 8 Buffer Zone 127

Building Basics 128

The Well-equipped Detail Shop 133

Mobile Detailing Solutions 136

When You Are Home Alone 140

Chapter 9 Your Pit and Polish Crew 143

Taking a Shine to the Hired Help 144

Taxing Matters 154

Safety Measures 157

Contract Help 158

Chapter 10 Owner's Guide to Advertising 161

Setting the Budget 162

Gellin' with the Yellow Pages 163

Other Print Resources 165

Web Site 176

Other Advertising Vehicles 184

Chapter 11 Publicity 101 for Fun and Profit 187

Newsletters 188

News Releases 191

Networking 195

Public Speaking 196

Fundraisers 197

Viral Promotion 197

Blogs 202

Grand Opening Celebration 204

Chapter 12 Financing Primer 207

Typical Operational Costs 207

Forecasting Income 220

Financing the Dream 223

Chapter 13 Approaching the Finish Line 229

Protecting the Earth 230

Empowering Yourself to Succeed 235

Conclusion: Start Your Engines 245

Appendix A The Sample Business Plan 247

Appendix B Sample Performance Evaluations and Employment Forms 261

Sample Performance Evaluation 261

Employment Application Sample 262

Appendix C Market Research Survey 267

Market Research Questionnaire 267

Appendix D Resources 271

Glossary of Terms 277

Bibliography 281

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    I appreciate the details provided within each section of this bo

    I appreciate the details provided within each section of this book. Unlike boring manuals which claim to explain how to start a car detailing business, this book provides you with easy to read information that is entertaining and informative. The book itself does not offer limited information based on simply how to start a car detailing business. It provides the pros and cons as well which provide you with data to gage the success of your business as it progresses and what to look at for when revenue is low. With the companion CD-Rom you receive all of the required forms needed for starting this business which are easily printable via your personal computer. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is contemplating starting a car detail business.

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