Eileen Figure Sandlin
Atlantic Publishing Company
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Car Detailing Business by Eileen Figure Sandlin Summary
Book & CD-ROM. 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 - $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 get in over your head before you can even make a profit. Fortunately, with this book, we have got everything covered. You will learn not only the most efficient way to wash a car, but also how to start a full-time business, and do so with a minimal amount of money, 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 travelling service, going straight to the customer s location, as well as the business information that you will need to know to handle each situation. Valuable information on forming a Partnership, LLC, Corporation, or becoming a Sole Proprietor, the four types of business formations, is included, as well as the legal implications of each. Complete with checklists and budget sheets, you will be provided with everything from start-up costs to supply lists, along with information on what the best products are and where to find them and the most efficient techniques to use to get customers in and out as quickly as possible in order to maximise your profit. A special section on the benefits of buying products from a wholesale dealer is included, as well as helpful information on specific Web sites to visit to find good deals and a chart that details how, and which cleaning products work best, to clean specific car interior problems. Running your own business can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are not prepared for the unexpected, so this book will supply you with sample business forms, leases, and contracts; worksheets and checklists for planning, opening, and running day-to-day operations; plans and layouts; and dozens of other valuable, time-saving tools of the trade that no business owner should be without. A complete listing of services to offer and suggested prices will be included, along information on how to bundle services to create money-making packages. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you through every detail that will bring success. You will learn how to draw up a winning business plan (the companion CD-ROM has the actual business plan you can use in Microsoft Word) and about basic cost control systems, copyright and trademark issues, branding, management, legal concerns, sales and marketing techniques, and pricing formulas. 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 public relations and 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, have customers refer others to you, and thousands of great tips and useful guidelines. This manual delivers innovative ways to streamline your business. Learn new ways to make your operation run smoother and increase performance. Successful entrepreneurs will appreciate this valuable resource and reference it in their daily activities as a source of ready-to-use forms, Web sites, operating and cost cutting ideas, and mathematical formulas that can easily be applied to their operations.