Ways To Make Quick Money Launching...
A Car Washing "Fast Cash" Business
Table Of Contents
- Ways To Make Quick Money:
- Launching A Car Washing Micro-Business
- What You Gain From This Venture
- Who This Venture Benefits Most
- Who Will Succeed
- Who This Venture Benefits Most
- The Venture Step-by-Step
- Basic Requirements
- Startup Equipment
- Delivering The Service
- Running The Operation
- Marketing This Baby
- Making The Moola
- Simple Cashflow Estimate
- Startup Equipment
- Insights and Caveats
- Washing Tips
- Nurturing Your Customers
- Washing Tips
- Additional Resources and Final Comments
The clothes you wear is a huge factor in making a good first impression. You want your apparel to match with the type of business that you are working in.
- Wear clothing that looks uniform.
- Plain colored clothing (no images, text, mixed colors)
- Dress in apparel that you're willing to get damaged and dirty
Bring an extra pair of clothes with you to avoid presenting yourself to a client with filthy and smelly clothes, especially when you're trying to secure a new account. Impressions matter.
Use durable, comfortable shoes. You'll be doing a lot of moving around. Choose the right shoes for the job.
- Steps To Washing A Car
- Clean Tires And Wheels
- Wet The Car And Rinse Off The Tires
- Soap Up The Car
- Rinse Off The Car
- Dry The Car
- Apply Tire Dressing
- Clean The Windows
- Vacuum And Wipe Down The Car Interior
- Add Some Air Freshner
Having a proven step-by-step process for washing a car will save you time, and give you confidence in the quality of service you provide. As you grow more familiar with the work and your clientele's desires, you'll be able to establish a process that fits your business.
In the meantime here's a general look at professional car washing steps:
Wheel wells collect lots of dirt, grease and brake dust, and they need thorough hand cleaning. Spray the wheel wells with degreaser fluid to dislodge and soften any grease in the wells.
Next, rinse the tires with water to remove loose dirt before you spray your tire cleaner. Once you've applied the tire cleaner onto the tires and their wheels, clean everything down with your tire brushes to remove all debris.
Clean one tire at a time.
Finally rinse the tire and wheel wells. You're now ready to do the rest of the car.
Now comes the work most associated with car washing. Grab your hose and wet down the entire car. Start from the top down so that all the debris and dirt flows to the ground.
The best technique for soaping up a car with as little risk of scratching it is to use 2 buckets. One bucket is filled with soapy solution, and the other with clean water.
Each time that you return to dunk your mitt in the soapy solution, first dunk it into the clean water bucket to remove any debris from the mitt before dunking it into the soapy solution. It is the debris in the mitt that will scratch the car.
So use only clean mitts on the car. No debris on the wash mitt means no debris to scratch the paint with.
There's no need to apply much pressure when soaping up the car. Too much pressure can wear off the paint. Use some finger pressure to remove any tough debris.
Use non-toxic, phosphate free or biodegradable products to minimize the environmental impact of dirty wash water running over the pavement and into the storm sewer to the nearby rivers, streams and wetlands.
Once the entire car is thoroughly soaped up, rinse off the soap with clean water. Make sure there isn't any soap residue left on the car. It leaves streaks.
This is an important part of the car washing process. Water left to dry on its own will leave water spots. Water spots are a mark of unprofessional car washing.
To eliminate water spots, grab your shammy and wipe off all excess water from the car. You can also use micro-fiber cloths for this step if you're handling a luxury car. Shammys and micro-fiber cloths are excellent for drying because they will not scratch car paint.
Dry every area of the car including the tires and wheels. Do not leave anything excessively wet. Open the doors and trunk to remove water from any edges or corners, like the door jambs and fasteners, where it pools to produce mud. Wipe away any muddy corners with a new cloth and not the shammy.
Hand drying is a step you'll want to do quickly if you are in the sun since the heat will dry the water fast to leave streaks. If you work at a steady clip, you'll be able to reduce the surface water to just a layer of moisture using the shammy. The sun will then evapolate the rest of the water off the paint more evenly, leaving few if any water spots.
Tires are usually the number one item that clients look at first to evaluate whether the car has been washed well. Then they look at the windows. So make the tires glow. Use tire dressing to give each tire a nice clean shean.
Also consider spraying some diluted tire dressing solution onto the wheel wells to give them a special shine.
Squeegee off all the water from the windows. Grab your window cleaner and wipe down all the windows, inside and out, with a micro-fiber cloth, working off any greasy hand prints, insects or dust.
A car washing is not complete without some decent interior cleaning. The car will NOT feel clean if only the outside is washed. It's more important to make the inside of the car feel and smell clean than the outside. A poor inside cleaning job will leave the client convinced that the outside is just as inadequately cleaned, even if it isn't so.
Grab your vacuum cleaner and suck up all the dirt and debris on the carpets and upholstery. Remove any trash and garbage that you find.
Focus on any item that stands out in contrast to the carpet. For example, fox tails or dry straw tend to get embedded and are quite noticeable on the carpet. Working them out of the carpet fiber will produce a significant improvement to the interior in the eyes of the client who is accustomed to seeing them stuck there day after day.
Use your cleaner to wipe down the car dashboard and anything that looks like it needs a little shining or dusting. It doesn't have to be detailed work just as long as it gives the car a clean and glossy look.
Air freshner adds a final touch of newness to a car. But ask your clients first whether they'd like air freshener to avoid irritating someone who might be allergic to it. Use the best that you can find and have several options for people to choose from.
Those are the general steps to a professional car washing. An experienced mobile car washer can get all this done in 15 to 20 minutes. The pay can average between $20 to $35. If you're working at least 8 clients a day, that's about $160 to $280 for only 3 to 4 hours of work. You could bring in $1,500 per week working part-time as a professional mobile car washer.
Obviously it takes time to build up to 8 clients everyday, but it can be done.
Cleaning The Tires
Tires make a huge impression on clients. You could have an emaculate looking car, but if the tires don't look marvelous, your credibility will be shot. So here's a short video on how to produce the best quality tire cleaning:
- Detailing A Car
After cleaning a car the next step is polishing it, which is an intricate process.
Polishing the outside of the car involves buffing out a fine layer of the clear coat to remove scratches, swirls, oxidation, and other marks. During this stage there are several different tools and products used to get the perfect look.
In most cases buffing a car involves a rotary buffer, which takes skill to handle.
Not only does the car need to be polished, but the wheels will need polishing too.
If you really want to get some practice on buffing, waxing, or polishing a car without the concern of damaging it, visit a junkyard and buy car body panels for cheap to practice on.
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Here's a brief overview of an auto detailing service, which can be part of car washing or done separately as a full-time speciality.
Detailing is basically broken up into three aspects:
This involves both exterior and interior cleaning. Besides a standard car wash, you're looking at shampooing the carpet and upholstry, removing stains, dusting and cleaning every nook and cranny of the car's interior, and cleaning the trunk.
For the exterior cleaning you're looking at having to use a clay bar to remove any really deep rooted dirt on the car's clear coat.
Cleaning at times involves getting under the hood and washing the engine.
The final aspect of detailing is protecting the polished exterior with a wax or sealant. Once again you'll need to use a rotary buffer. This takes some elbow grease.
All in all, detailing a car is a long and dedicated undertaking. But if you're good at it, the end result provides your client with a show piece. Generally only people with cars worth showing off pay to convert or keep them as show pieces, and they tend to have money. So detailing is quite a lucrative business.
Here are some informative videos and articles that give you a perspective on auto detailing:
Learn To Buff And Polish A Car
Auto Detailing Overview
The article "Learn How To Detail The Exterior Of A Car" has pictures and some easy to understand instructions for detailing the exterior of a car. It's good knowledge to have if you want to do more than car washing for your clients.