Overview

Automotive detailing can be done anywhere and at your convenience. A relatively low initial investment will start you on your way. Although the number of auto-detailer’s has grown significantly, you can remain competitive by creating a smart marketing plan, providing superior service, offering lower prices, and exhibiting sound management skills. Continually look for ways to provide services that your competition has overlooked.

What You Can Earn

$30,000–$60,000

What You Can Charge

$100–$500 per job

How Much Is It Going to Cost

$5,000 –$10,000

What Equipment You Need

Aside from the cost of basic cleaning equipment, an airbrush and related art supplies will start at $2,500. It may be necessary to consider the location of your business. You may need to buy a small garage or shed in which to work.

Who Will You Need to Hire

How You Can Make It Sweeter

What You Will Be Doing

Automotive detailing can be done anywhere and at your convenience. A relatively low initial investment will start you on your way. Although the number of auto-detailer’s has grown significantly, you can remain competitive by creating a smart marketing plan, providing superior service, offering lower prices, and exhibiting sound management skills. Continually look for ways to provide services that your competition has overlooked.

What Qualifications You Need

Who You Should Market To

How You Can Market This

Newspapers, automotive publications, body shops, networking with dealers, regional coupon books (offer 10 percent off or one free service after five visits, and so on)

What Other Services to Offer

What You Need to Succeed

If you have dreamed of working at your own pace and during the hours you choose, automotive detailing can be a rewarding occupation. Individuals with artistic flair and an appreciation for well- kept automobiles are always in demand as many automobile dealers continue to farm out their detail work. Creativity is the key to keeping the competition at bay. Consider a mobile detail shop as your business van to allow on-site work, saving you and your customers valuable time. Your work is different everyday, so what’s not to like?

 Where to Begin

 
 

Resources

Books/Magazines/Periodicals

 
 

 Education/Courses/Training/Videos

 
 

Social Media

Blogs/Forums

Facebook

 Twitter

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