Have you ever wondered if you should start your own detailing business? Here are nine signs that point towards a career in detailing.
1. You have a passion for cars
There is something about cars or the car scene that gets you excited. Maybe cars are in your blood. Maybe it’s the rush of being in control of a sport-tuned vehicle. Maybe its the marvel in the engineering or the artistic beauty and character each vehicle possesses. You might not be able to put your finger on it, but there is something about being around cars that gives you energy. This is a good characteristic to have, and may even be necessary to consider a long-term career in detailing.
2. People already are asking you to detail their cars
Most detailers start off in the same way. They have a car they enjoy taking care of and people notice. It’s usually their friends, family, or neighbors who are the first. They offer to pay you to detail their vehicle just like yours. You agree and they are thrilled with the work that you did and kindly pay you. The first time this happens, you ask yourself, I wonder if I should do more of this…
3. You want to be in control of your income
Detailing can be very lucrative if you are smart about how you build your business. Many detailers get stuck at when they don’t know how to grow beyond themselves. If you can crack the code between your product and service offerings, hiring the right people, streamlined business processes, establishing yourself as a reputable brand, and knowing how to scale, the sky is the limit. This is where we bring the most value when we work with detailers.
4. You are a people person
One of the biggest things that separates a detailer who is doing well and one who is doing very well is their people skills. More than half the battle of selling your services is establishing trust, especially when you begin working on expensive cars and dealing with high profiled individuals. No one in their right mind is going to hand the keys to a half-million dollar car to someone they don’t trust. Having stellar people skills also helps with getting referrals, positive reviews, and repeat business, all of which are very important to any detailing business.
5. Detailing helps you clear your head
I have often told people that detailing is meditative to me, and many quickly agree. Some of my best business ideas have come to me standing behind a buffer for hours on end. Once you get into a rhythm with what you are doing, you don’t have to think about it anymore, you just perform. And when you don’t have to think about what you are doing, you can think on a new level. You solve problems, you plan, you organize your thoughts, you strategize, you dream. You may experience a similar effect when you are mowing your lawn or doing other repetitive tasks.
6. You want to be in control of your schedule
The idea of a 9-5 job makes you cringe. You want to be in control of your own destiny. Set your own hours. Dictate what days you take off or go on vacation and what days you work. Maybe you want more family time, or the flexibility to do something mid-day. One of the beautiful things about detailing is you get to control all of this. Setting your dreams and what you want to get out of running your own business is important early on so that you can make decisions that ultimately support those aspirations.
7. You find tremendous joy in the transformation
There is something very rewarding to see the fruits of your labor, especially when it can be immediate. In detailing, you can literally transform a surface right before your very eyes. The before and after effect is addicting. You are taking something ugly, neglected, unclean, and unappreciated and turning it into something beautiful, clean, appreciated or like new once again. You are adding value to this vehicle. And the best part is, the better you become at this, the more valuable your services are to someone.
8. You enjoy being around the affluent
Detailing is a luxury, a nice to have. And more often than not, people who are seeking professional detailing services are often wealthy and have disposable income. It can be a rush working with people who have exotic sports cars and live a lifestyle of the rich and famous. There are some great networking opportunities when you begin to climb the ladder as a successful detailer. This is one of the desired perks of getting into detailing.
9. You are organized
Successful detailers are usually very organized individuals. Everything from their shop and workspace, to their living space, to staying on track with to-do lists and calendars, to being organized with their finances. They like structure and order. They are detail oriented, pun intended. But in all seriousness, being organized is one of the key components to being a successful business owner, whether that is detailing or any other industry.
Sound like you?
These are just some of the indicators that you might have a bright future as a detailer. It can be scary to consider a career in detailing, especially when you feel like your friends and family will question your decision. We are here to help. Whether that is walking with you step-by-step or answering any questions you may have. Feel free to shoot us a message or start a chat, we would love to hear from you and help you pursue your passion.