Car wash business is one business that many people tend to neglect. People regard it as a dirty business done by street boys and undergraduates, but I want you to change this perception.
Car wash business, if well set up, organized and managed can yield you a lot of revenue and create jobs for others. The market for this business is available. Just think of the number of cars in your city or locality. Think of dirty and dusty roads that vehicles in Nigeria ply daily. Think of the busy schedules of many car owners. All these factors make the services of a car wash expert always needed.
Many people are very busy to wash their cars and even if they do some make-shift cleaning of the cars themselves during week days, many car owners would send their cars to a car wash expert for proper and professional cleaning of the cars.
The cheapest car wash outlets cost about N1000 and even more depending on the locality, just to wash a car’s interior and exterior. If you want extra service like steam washing of your radiator, you would have to pay an extra fee for that.
Let’s use a very low estimate of 10 cars per day. (Remember that this figure will increase on weekends). If you wash about 10 cars at a cost of N1000 each, you would make a monthly gross income of about N300,000.
This is a business you can do, if you are unemployed. You can also do this business is you are employed but looking for a profitable business you can invest in. You can recruit experienced personnel to run the business for you while you also go to the business premises on your days off work or weekends.
If you are looking for a guide on how to start a car wash business in Nigeria, here is a list of 10 steps you would need to take.
1. Get a good piece of land
It is better if this land is located close to the road where vehicles ply as this will increase the number of patronage you would get. You can rent a land if you don’t have the funds to buy a land of your own. In choosing for the right piece of land for your car wash business, ensure to choose a land that has good drainage system. If it doesn’t have, you may have to create one yourself. This is to avoid causing water-logging of the area and roads around the vicinity of the business. This is what several car wash businesses have neglected.
2. Get approvals for establishing the car wash business in the locality
This is applicable in some localities. The reason for this approval is so that the water dispensed to the environment by the business will not cause environmental damage to the roads by causing water-log. If you have fully applied what I said in point 1 above you are much likely to get the necessary approval for this business where such approval is mandatory.
3. Get a reliable source of water.
This can be a bore hole or pipe borne water or even a well. You just need a stable source of water. Whatever the source of water that you have, you should have a storage tank where you would store the water. If it is a well or bore hole you will need a water pump to pump the water to the storage tank.
4. Build a washing bay with a canopy
Try to make the floor of the washing bay area to be concrete so as to prevent making the area messy and water logged. Also, having a canopy above the washing bay area makes washing convenient even when there is sunlight.
5. You will need to erect customer’s waiting bay area.
This is important. Customers need to have a place with a roof or canopy and chairs where they can wait for their cars to get washed. You can put television at this waiting area and employ someone who would be selling drinks and snacks to your customers as they wait. This way you get additional income for the business.
Treat your customers well. Making them comfortable while they await their car to be cleaned and the way you relate with them, will make them to always come back.
6. Get a source of power
You can get a modest power generating set to power your car wash equipment and the lightings, fans, refrigerators and television for the customer waiting area.
7. Get washing Equipment.
The basic equipment you need include hand brushes, sponges, towels, buckets, hoses, vacuum cleaners, polisher etc. You will also need steam and pressure washing machines.
8. You need to stock car wash chemical and detergent
You need to get the right car wash chemicals suitable for cars. Don’t think you can just use any detergent as cash wash. Detergents would have bad effect on the car body colour of your customers and this would not be good for your business. Detergent can only be used for the tyres or to wash the car interior.
9. Get trained or recruit an experienced car wash personnel
I know that car washing is not rocket science, but there is always a need to undergo at least a brief training program under an existing car wash business. This will help you to learn all the needed techniques of the business. You can even train yourself by viewing several YouTube videos on how to wash cars. Another option you can explore would be to hire a competent car wash expert.
10. Advertise the business
This is always important in any business. Erect a good sign board at your cash wash business area letting people know that that such business is going on there. Also explore other modes of advertisement like word of mouth, fliers, radio and Television depending on your budget.
There you have it. With these 10 steps you can start your own car wash business and make money for yourself and even recruit others. Don’t just read and stop there. Apply these steps and create more jobs.
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