Hi hope you are having a great weekend wherever you are, I’m going to write about Car Washing Business today, you can also read my previous posts CATERING SERVICES, POULTRY FARMING, FOOTBALL VIEWING CENTRE and Small Businesses That Require Little Or No Start Up Capital.

Starting and setting up a car wash business could be a fun and profitable especially if you love cars. With the right location, v.i.p service and good marketing, you can attract large customers who love class to have their cars washed, for a reasonable and affordable price. Most Nigerians love class and they do cherish their cars so if you provide services that makes it look like you will wash and take care of their cars with tender loving care, I’m sure you will be getting a lot of customers, if you can just upgrade your services a little bit different from the next car wash at the corner it will go a long way.

Starting up a car wash business also needs a reasonable amount of capital, and good planning so you can’t just wake up one morning and decide to start a car washing business, you really need to plan it out well.

 Car washing business can be profitable because there’s an increase in the number of car owners every day in Nigeria and most of these people are busy and do not have the time to wash their cars themselves. The potential of this business increases in areas where we have bad roads and dusty climates as these makes the cars dirty easily and thereby needing to be washed.

The way you set up your car washing business depends on the capital you have at hand if you don’t have enough capital to start, you can start by doing what is known as mobile car washing business this is a method in which you go to people’s houses to wash their cars for them, for this to be successful you will have to go to their homes very early in the morning so as to do the washing before they are ready to take the car out for the day,  you can be doing this until you are able to raise enough money to get a location and set up the business fully.

Another way you can  raise capital for your business is by writing a business plan and present to private investors and show them your ideas. 

Now before you start this business there’s a need for you to do  feasibility studies, for every business i always suggest you do a feasibility study so you know your competitors and what you are up against, know the best way to run it and also to know the latest trends and technologies in the business.

When starting a car wash business you need to think out where you intend to locate your business, regions varies depending on your capital, if you go to high brow areas then off course you know your car wash must be of standard and modern

Tips on location

Make sure that your car wash venue is close to a residential neighborhood and at a place where your sign is visible to drivers . Ideally traffic should move past at more than 40 miles per hour (i.e. 64km/hr) so drivers should have time to see your notice and make a fast decision to get their cars washed.

Select a place large enough to accommodate the pump rooms, the bays, vacuum, drying areas and office.

Your city’s zoning regulations should be checked in order to be sure that you are permitted to open up a car wash at your selected site. If you are in need of a special permit, obtain it before you purchase or  lease your venue.

Make sure you get the necessary equipments for your car wash business.

The equipment you need to get started will depend on how automated you want your car wash business to be, and the type of services you render. If you have little idea as to which items are commonly used in-car wash businesses, never hesitate to ask someone who is knowledgeable in the trade. Buy the right cleaning agents from trusted suppliers and you will have no problems when it comes to dealing with the dirtiest car surfaces.

Note that a lots of your customers will be local, so concentrate your marketing campaigns on your immediate area. Always organize regular specials during off-peak periods to keep your customers coming back.

You can hire hands to handle the job  for you if you can’t do it yourself but I see no reason why you can’t handle it yourself  if you are an unemployed person, you can hire one or two hands to help you out.

Never forget to acquire insurance while you’re at it. The life of an entrepreneur is highly unpredictable and you’ll never know if a problem would arise. Having an insurance ready is a surefire way for you to avoid bankruptcy.

You can market your business by making fliers, word of mouth or advertising in newspapers if you can afford it.

For this business to succeed you need to gain the trust of your customers, earn this by washing their cars well and take care of the cars they leave with you.

I hope  this post  has been helpful, if you have comments, suggestions or questions please drop  them in the comment box below and please remember to share with others( Facebook, Twitter)


Small Businesses That Require Little Or No Start Up Capital

Since this blog is all about being self employed i’m  going to talk about small business one can begin  with a little start up capital in Nigeria, let me make a list of small businesses that require a little or none start up capital

Laundry Services– You can start a laundry service from the scrap if you have no money to rent a shop and buy the tools needed, all you need do is market yourself to a few homes or families arrange with them to collect their laundry weekly and take to your home wash , iron and return them to the owners and they pay you for your services. Another option is for you to do the laundry there in the homes of your clients but most people will rather you go away with the laundry and bring them back when they are done.

Cleaning Services– Owning a cleaning service does not mean you have to have an office all you need to do here is produce complimentary cards to introduce you to people, offices  etc You can clean homes and offices and you don’t need to do the cleaning yourself, you can hire people to do the actual job all you need to do is to get the contract either from the homes or offices and send your staffs there to do the work and when you are paid which in most cases for offices could be monthly, you can now pay your workers as for the home cleaning you collect your pay as soon as the job is done or depending on your arrangement with your customer.

Day Care Center– In these modern days you find out that in most homes both parents work so the need for a day care where to drop their kids till after work arises. For a day care all you need is your house, you can set up your sitting room or if you have a spare room in your house you could use that, get a collection of toys for the kids ranging from their ages, then you can employ one or two staffs to help you out but bear in mind when setting up a day care center that it is mostly a ladies business as most people will be more comfortable leaving their kids with ladies and you should be someone that love kids if not you won’t be able to tolerate them.

Photography– All you need here is a camera and possibly a video camera and once you hear of an occasion somewhere just head out there and take pictures which you can sell to the owners as for the videotaping you have to get the contract to do the videotaping before you can do this or else you will just videotape without being paid, this can be a very lucrative business as there always weddings almost every weekends

These are a few businesses that require little or no start up capital, i should continue from here tomorrow

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Raw Foodstuffs– you can sell raw food stuffs like beans, garri, grounded pepper etc let me pick beans first you can buy the beans with whatever amount you can start with, spread it on a tray or mat and remove the dirt and stones from it, after than sun dry it then package them as you will want to package them either 500g or 1 kg and sell them to stores i’m sure a lot of people will like to buy clean packed beans instead of buying from the market and coming to clean them before using they will be glad to be relieved of such task you will be surprised at how your business will grow doing this, another example is the grounded  or  powdered dry pepper, you will buy the dry pepper from the market clean it by removing all the dirt, you can use this method of cleaning them. Spread them on a table place an electric fan close to it, turn on the fan and before you know it the fan will blow away all the dirty particles except of course stones which you will have to search for yourself and pick, then you can take them to the milling station mill them, air them and package them in small packages according to the sizes you want to sell and distribute to stores.

You can do this for various other foodstuffs that can be package and sell. So these for now are some of the small businesses that require little or no start up capital.

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