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Starting a Car Wash Business

 

How to Start a Car Wash Business - Free Book


Are you considering starting a Car Wash Business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate it. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of BizMove.com, a successful Internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Car Wash Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Car Wash Business plan:

[BUSINESS NAME] is a prominent hand car wash serving the East Meadow, Long Island, NY community. [BUSINESS NAME] will be run by [BUSINESS OWNER NAME], of the prominent [BUSINESS OWNER LAST NAME] family. The [BUSINESS OWNER LAST NAME] family has been serving the Long Island area with a car repair business and property development /management for over 30 years. Mark will be leveraging the incredible good will and brand recognition of the [BUSINESS OWNER LAST NAME] family name to quickly gain market penetration.
The Business
[BUSINESS NAME] will be providing customers with three services: exterior car washing, , interior cleaning, and detailing. [BUSINESS NAME] has no true competitors that are trying to offer a high quality service for a reasonable rate. Most are trying to compete on price alone. [BUSINESS NAME]' ability to provide a high quality service, both in regards to the actual washing as well as customer service is all based on their ability to find the best employees. Hiring the best employees is cost effective because it decreases HR costs associated with turnover and other employee costs. Hiring the best employees and making sure that they are well taken care of ensures that they in turn take care of the customers. Study after study proves that a happy employee is far more likely to provide the highest level of customer service compared to an employee who is not happy and feels that they are being taken advantage of.
The Customers
[BUSINESS NAME] will target three main groups of customers: individual car owner and leasers, car dealerships, and local businesses. The surrounding area is quite affluent, 40% of the residents earn over $70,000 a year. Consequently, they have nice cars and want them to look nice. There are five different car dealerships within a three-mile radius which will require car washing services for the various fleets. Lastly, there are many different local businesses that have company cars and that require clean appearances.
Management
The strength of Mark's experience and his family's name equity and assistance is [BUSINESS NAME]' competitive edge as well as a significant asset. Mark has been involved in the family's car repair business for the last ten years. He has worked his way through the organization and has been the manager for the last five years overseeing operations of $1.2 million annually. Before the family venture, Mark received his MBA from Cornell University. With 30 years invested in the community, the [BUSINESS OWNER LAST NAME] family name has generated significant value as a fair, active member of the community. Lastly, [BUSINESS NAME] will be able to leverage several of the [BUSINESS OWNER LAST NAME]'s for their business expertise.
[BUSINESS NAME] is positioning itself as the premier hand car wash serving the Long Island area. Mark has forecasted a 20% market share. The business will generate a 95% gross margin and an 11% net margin after year one and 20.79% after year three. By year three the business will have developed a yearly net profit of $48,000 .


1.1 Objectives

The objectives for [BUSINESS NAME] Car Wash and Detail Service are:

  • To be viewed as a premium car wash and detail service in East Meadow.
  • Maintain a gross profit margin of over 95%.
  • Maintain a net profit margin of 10-15%.
  • Expand to two locations after third year of operation.

1.2 Mission

The mission of Soapy Ride is to provide top-quality washing and detail service for luxury car owners in East Meadow, NY. [BUSINESS NAME] will work to keep employees satisfied in order to maintain impeccable customer service.


2.0 Company Summary

The company is solely owned by [BUSINESS OWNER NAME] and will be funded by an initial investment of $30,000. [BUSINESS NAME] is New York State registered C corporation.


2.1 Company Ownership

The company will be solely owned by [BUSINESS OWNER NAME]. Mark has been in the car industry all his life, having grown up in the family car repair business. He came across the location in East Meadow purely by accident and he felt it would be a perfect location for a car wash service. 


2.2 Start-up Summary

The start-up expenses for [BUSINESS NAME] will be financed by [BUSINESS OWNER NAME], from the profits he made in selling his part of the family car repair business. The property on Hempstead Road will be leased in April 2001 for a minimum of three years, with the option to extend the lease for another three years after that.
Mark is working with the family lawyer to set up incorporation and to discuss lease issues before the business is launched. He is working with a local graphic designer to develop a logo, letterhead, and company brochures. Although Mark has been in the car repair business, he has not been in the wash and detailing business, which is a very different service (quick turnaround per car is incredibly important). For this reason he is working with an acquaintance to set up the system that will ensure efficient service even during peak usage.
Rent on the location has been negotiated and will be $1,200 per month. In addition, insurance for the business will be approximately $200 per month and will be paid by direct debit on a monthly basis. Expensed equipment includes three high-power water pumps, two industrial vacuum cleaners, two computer terminals, and one cash register. All of the equipment will be depreciated over three years.
The location was previously used as a quick stop automobile service shop, so it is set up to move vehicles quickly through the premises, but does not have all the necessary systems in place to host a car wash and detail facility. The services of a contracting company will be sought to convert the use of the facility and to improve the customer waiting room facilities.


Start-up

 

 

Requirements

 

 

 

Start-up Expenses

 

Legal

$500

Stationery etc.

$400

Brochures

$450

Consultants

$0

Insurance

$200

Rent

$1,200

Research and Development

$300

Expensed Equipment

$4,100

Signs

$700

Building Materials

$1,200

Building Labor

$1,000

Total Start-up Expenses

$10,050

 

 

Start-up Assets Needed

 

Cash Balance on Starting Date

$8,700

Start-up Inventory

$250

Other Current Assets

$1,000

Total Current Assets

$9,950

 

 

Long-term Assets

$10,000

Total Assets

$19,950

Total Requirements

$30,000

 

 

Funding

 

 

 

Investment

 

Investor 1

$30,000

Investor 2

$0

Other

$0

Total Investment

$30,000

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

Accounts Payable

$0

Current Borrowing

$0

Other Current Liabilities

$0

Current Liabilities

$0

 

 

Long-term Liabilities

$0

Total Liabilities

$0

 

 

Loss at Start-up

($10,050)

Total Capital

$19,950

Total Capital and Liabilities

$19,950

 


3.0 Services

[BUSINESS NAME] will provide three services to its customers:

  • Car washing (exterior)
  • Car cleaning (interior)
  • Car detailing.

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