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    Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    Well to sum it all up, i quit my stuiped job (at a grocery store) to do detailing. I have one guy thats pretty steady with cars each week. But what are some good stragadies to get a detailing business booming and have a good amount of customers each week? I did craigs list but what else have you guys done?
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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    My dad works in the auto industry and for him and his friends, word of mouth is one of the biggest ways of growing a business. One person will come and buy a car or something and tell all their friends about the lot, and they all show up and do the same...

    I'd recommend taking your time and doing a good job and reminding that one steady person to tell other people about you. And they'll tell some more, and so on.

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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    Provide your current clients with an incentive to refer more business to you. After every detail I place a thank you card on the dash that also has a referal coupon attached. Both the current client and new client get $10 off any of my detail packages (which only equals about a 5-7% discount) I let my clients refer as many as they want, but only one discount per service.

    It was mentioned on a previous thread as well, but a simple website is also a great tool. Then use google adwords to advertise on the cheap.
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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    Ive noticed leaving flyers on car isnt that good of an Idea, for one reason, would you want to leave your car with someone you dont know? Target your friends, and your parents friends. Try to pick out the people who care for their car.

    Dont expect to get customers the next day, it takes a very long time to get some kind of business at all. Hell I gave out papers saying free details and still never got a bite.

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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    Let me congratulate you on quitting. :0) .. now Im gonna share with you a marketing idea Ive been working on...

    Ive made up a flyer explaining my detailing and other services that I provide in my business.. But ive also made a spot on the flyer where i will have an agent code#. Any one bringing in the flyer will recieve 10% off from any of my services.....

    As for the agent c0de#...I will be finding locals who want to earn extra cash by handing out flyers....How they get paid is.''They are assigned a code#...anyone who brings in a flyer to get a service.....also earns the agent 10% of the entire service fee paid by the person returning their flyer with their agent code# on it..

    I came up with this marketing idea because I know that when you offer a discount, people are more likley to come to you and

    when you get people to hand out flyers,,,theyre more likely to hand them out and not toss them, when they know that the flyer has to be redeemed for them to get paid...

    I dont know if this will work as good as I planned but its worth a shot right...


    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann21 View Post
    Well to sum it all up, i quit my stuiped job (at a grocery store) to do detailing. I have one guy thats pretty steady with cars each week. But what are some good stragadies to get a detailing business booming and have a good amount of customers each week? I did craigs list but what else have you guys done?

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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    build aliances, find the following: Body Shop, Window Tinter, PDR/Paint Touch up guy, Carpet Cleaner, Maid Service. Each is an excellent source for refferals. Just make sure the people in your network are total professionals in their field. You pay them $20 for each referal and they pay you the same when you refer someone to them.

    Stay away from the yellow pages, they are very expensive and you will end up working 4-5 days a month to pay for your ad. To jump start your business I would do a 3 month Val-Pac mailer.

    approach anyone selling a car and explain how a $400 extreme detail will increase the sales price by at least $500 plus it will sell much faster.

    There is a TON of business out there, you just have to go get it.

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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    Congrads on starting to take the major jump into entrepreneurship! This could be lots of fun for you should you make the right moves!

    I think a good way to look at starting a detailing business or any business is to first look at your experiences, both skill and business wise.

    An alarming number of detailing businesses fail for several good reasons so to be a success rather then a statistic, make sure to do an honest evaluation of your own abilities and assets!


    1. Do you have experience running a business? While this is not a must...those that have experience or a business education are far more likely be a success! Now this does not mean you need a MBA as real world experience can be of far greater value. The most successful detailer are well versed within the art of business...if you look at the most successful detailers in the country...they are business people first...detailers second!
    2. What level is your skill base at? Can you compete with top level professional detailers?
    3. What kind of start up funds do you have? Enough to sustain you until your business is covering its own expenses along with your bills? If money is tight (and it is for many people these days) maybe keep a part time job to help at paying the bills until your venture takes off.
    4. Make sure to build yourself a business plan. This plan will be your road map...when you get busy at building your business its important to be able to look at that plan to make certain you are making the right decisions that you intended to make! This may be a work in progress as you learn and expand! Business plans can be novels or basic...my current plan includes our mission statement, overview of our services, the services we desire to add, an outline of our ideal client, a marketing plan, a sales plan that outlines our detailing audits and our hourly, weekly, monthly and year end monetary goals!
    5. Mentors - I can not stress the importance of surrounding yourself with the right kind of people! Mentors took me from being a local detailer to doing jobs worldwide. To this day...the right people within my personal and business life is at the center of my successes over challenges we/I face within life and business both!

    The above is just a small sampling of what you need to be thinking about...the marketing, sales and systems within your venture will naturally need to be addressed also but for now....I would take a hard look at the above and then build your venture from that point!
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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    I would work towards the goal of high end work. It is better to detail one car for $600 than 3 or 4 and make the same amount.

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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    I'm about to start doing detailing here soon, just about done getting all my Meg supplies together for interior and exterior detailing. So I'm new here but a very avid young entrepreneur. I admire you quitting so that you can work for yourself rather than someone else!

    I'd have to agree with most on here in that 'word of mouth' is the best advertising. Why not let people advertise for you!? It won't take any of your time or money to do so. When they pull up to their friends/family/car club and their car is insane, they're going to tell them about you. If you've done great quality work, they'll brag and give your contact info to them. The cars you detail will advertise for you.

    Many times I take a step back and put myself in a potential customer's shoes. If I were them, what would I want... ease of contact (phone, email addy, website), catering to special needs/wants. Maybe a thread in a forum of their work done so I can actually see the befores and afters to compare quality? Craigslist is a great idea. I get pissed when people put flyers on my car though. It's a good idea I guess, but I hate them and I'll never respond. lol

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    Re: Best way to get your Detailing business going?

    I started a detailing business recently. For me it's a side gig since I already have an awesome 9-5pm job. I priced my packages after checking around to see what others charged. Also you have to ask yourself, what is "my work" worth? High volume shops rarely do as good of a job as a private detailer does. They spend 15-20min on a Basic wash & wax and I spend 3-4 hrs. Thats why I charge $75 and they can charge $30. They run the car through a machine wash with brushes, dry it off, spray some wax (blue coral NOT Meguiars) on it and buff it. That does NOT even compare to what my customer gets in the 3-4hrs I spend on their car.

    As far as advertising goes. I first came up with a name (which was pretty hard because most of them were taken). Then I made business cards. The secret to my advertisement is talking. I'm what you call a "people person" so I talk to anyone and everyone. For example, next time you're pumping gas and someone pulls up on the opposite side from you. Instead of avoiding eye contact. Make eye contact, compliment his/her car (if it's nice), and ask him/her who takes care of the car (washing, waxing, etc). Bam! You have an opportunity to hand them a business card and tell them about your business. It's that easy. Anywhere and everywhere you go don't be shy to spark a conversation with people and mention what you do.

    Shoot I was getting a haircut last night and the lady cutting my hair told me she was new to the area. I told her about my business to which she responded by saying she had a guy detail their cars where she moved from. I told her about my business, and before I knew it she was asking me for a card and for extra's to give out to customers.

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