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Pressure Washer and Power Washer Business Tips from Powerclean
GUIDE TO STARTING A PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS  

GETTING STARTED
Now that you have decided that this business is for you it's time to make a plan.  If you have many thousands of dollars, or plan on borrowing money, you will need a detailed business plan.  However, if your budget is limited then make a simple plan.  Whichever way you go, you need a plan!  A plan does not need to be strictly followed but is a guide to success.  Here are some basic point to consider for your plan:

  • How much can I afford to spend to get started?
    It's important to have a starting budget.  As I said in the lead you can get started for $1,500.00, or even less.  But, if you have more it might make sense to spend it on your start-up.
  • How many hours per day can I work to achieve the results I want?
    The old saying proves true here "Don't quit your day job!"  Most people get started while they are still working another job.  If this is the case for you then it's important to decide how much time you can, or want, to spend on your new business.  Obviously, the more time you have the faster the start-up.  Don't forget to include non-paying time in your calculations.  While bookkeeping, door knocking and equipment maintenance are necessary, it's time that does not pay the bills.
  • What kind of work do I want to do?
    With a limited budget you can't buy everything your going to need for a full fledged pressure washing business. For example, if your going to concentrate on driveways, patios and parking lots you might consider a flat surface cleaner and not need the ladders and long wands if you chose store fronts and buildings.  If you choose homes then the list might include window brushes.  Choosing a specialty in the beginning will help you concentrate your equipment and marketing funds.  Of course you will always run into jobs requiring more equipment that what you have.  Rather than turning these jobs down look to rental shops to help you out.  You will soon find which items you need and save for them.   It's always a good idea to put a percentage of you earnings away for future purchases. 
  • Where are the best areas to get this work?
    Look around!  Although it's a competitive business, there's potential work everywhere.  It's a dirty world - clean it up.  If you decide that flat surface cleaning is beginning specialty then look around you own neighborhood.  See a dirty parking lot, fast food drive-through, driveway or wall?  Go ask the owner/manager if you can clean it.  All they can say is no!  If they say no make a record and plan on visiting them in the future.  It's a matter of being in the right place at the right time. 
  • What advertising can I afford?
    You will need to do some advertising to get your word out.  It can be a simple as a few hundred business cards you can make on your home computer or an elaborate color brochure.  Web pages are cheap.  For fifteen or twenty dollars you can register your name and have it hosted for less than $10 a month.  The cheapest form of advertising is your shoes.  Put 'em on a go knocking on doors.
  • What equipment do I need to get started?
    It's important to get the right equipment for the job.  As stated earlier, a limited budget will limit the equipment you start with, which limits the kind of jobs you can take on.  With that in mind look at the essentials, then expand as needed or as budget permits.
  • Do you know what you are doing?
    Pressure Washing isn't rocket science.  Most homeowners have pressure washed at one time or another, whether it be a rental unit or a plug-in residential unit from a big box store.  You need to be aware that pressure washers can be very powerful.  Even a little homeowner unit can do damage to soft surfaces, such as wood decks and fences.  Speaking of soft surfaces, your feet, even in shoes, and hands, even in gloves are a soft surface.  More than a few hundred PSI can cause serious injury so follow all the safety instructions that comes with your equipment.  It's there for a reason.  If you not interested in following basic safety then find another business because it's not worth going blind or dying for.  Don't believe it?  Look here!

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