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Check Out These Tips To Fine Tune & Grow Your Auto Detailing Business in 2017!

1. Update and revise your business plan for 2017 – You have one right?
2. Create quarterly revenue sales goals and the amount of cars you need to service to achieve those goals
3. Create a methods and procedures guide for all components of your business
4. Follow-up with customers that includes a phone call and a survey sent via email
5. Develop a subscriber based email database and send monthly or bi weekly emails
6. Update your web site content and images, fresh images show the growth of your biz
7. Audit your website for good SEO and keyword content, check your back-end tags
8. Publish or update your Google Places listing
9. Create a Google PPC account and target potential customers
10. Reward your customers for referrals and repeat business
11. Negotiate with your vendors for better pricing
12. Trademark your business name and logo before someone else does
13. Join your local Chamber Of Commerce or networking club like BNI
14. Pursue 10 new commercial accounts you want to “close” this year
15. Create a LinkedIn account and use it to target new commercial customers
16. Spruce up or update your show room, waiting area or mobile rig
17. Surround yourself with people you can learn from, lose the drama “queens”
18. Contact your local newspaper to write a story about your business
19. Use an accounting software system like Quick Books for small business
20. Audit your competitor’s web sites and make your web site stands out!
21. Make your web site 100% Mobile Responsive
22. Enroll in a social media marketing class at the local community college
23. Check your employees drivers licenses to make sure they are not suspended
24. Shop and compare your current insurance company premium and coverages
25. Create a Snap Chat account for your business
26. Take before and after pics of the cars you have detailed and publish them on Facebook and Instagram, then have your customers tag those pics!
27. Have uniforms for you and your staff, your team must look professional
28. Interview future employees to help grow the business in 2017
29. Become a Detail King Authorized Licensee & separate your business from competitors
30. Put a fresh coat of paint inside your shop bays, clean up your parking lot
31. Be sure your detail shop has good curb appeal and noticeable signage
32. Pursue boats, motorcycles and RV customers – great profit makers!
33. Sponsor a local youth sports team or donate detail services to a local charity
34. Hire a college student to create short videos and manage your social media channels
35. Create videos of the services you offer and publish on your web site and social media
36. Expand your service offerings by adding profitable ceramic coatings, vinyl and leather repair, headlight restoration, odor removal and glass repair
37. Seek out new profitable services and products to offer your customers
38. Choose a mentor to help you reach your goals in 2017 & Contact your local SCORE chapter of retired business owners and executives.
39. Develop a fresh and clean Service Menu for your business
40. Offer mobile coupons especially if you operate a mobile detailing business
41. Offer Gift Cards or Gift Certificates especially around the holidays
42. Enroll in Detail King’s Classes to take your business to the next level!
43. Develop monthly seasonal specials that can be printed or emailed to your customers
44. Spend at least one day a week prospecting for new business, make new contacts at other automotive type businesses
45. Set up a performance review process for your employees
46. Be quick to fire and slow to hire, check references!
47. Get to the gym to help stay fit, cardio is important
48. Save 10% of your earnings every month, no matter how tight things get
49. Watch Detail King’s bi weekly live videos on facebook for great business tips and tricks
50. Plan a long weekend vacation every quarter to rejuvenate and regroup!

Does your auto detailing business need a Tune Up for 2016? All small businesses do! Check out these 50 Tune Up Tips. Determine which ones are most important for your business and plan out how to execute them. By no means are these all of them but if you own an auto detailing business these may very well pertain to you. Good Luck in 2016! Have a Great Year!

blog_strip_2016_ideas_1 1. Update and revise your business plan for 2016 – You have one right?
2. Make an Expense and Sales budget – increase sales – maintain or cut costs
3. Create a methods and procedures guide for all components of your business
4. Have a follow-up procedure for customers that includes a phone call and a performance survey sent via email.
5. Develop a subscriber based email database and send monthly or bi weekly emails
6. Update your web site content and images
7. Audit your website for good SEO and keyword content, check your back-end tags
8. Publish or update your google places listing
9. Create a Google Adwords account and target potential customers and new niches
10. Reward your customers for referrals and repeat business
11. Negotiate with your venders for better pricing
12. Trademark your business name and logo before someone else does
13. Join your local chamber of commerce
14. List 10 new accounts you want to pursue this year
15. Create a Linkedin account and use it to target new potential commercial customers
16. Spruce up your show room and or waiting area
17. Surround yourself with more winners and lose the losers
18. Contact your local newspaper to write a story about your business
19. Use an accounting software system like quick books for small business
20. Review your competitors web sites and make yours better
21. Make your web site 100% Mobile Responsive
22. Enroll in a marketing class at the local community college
23. Check your employees drivers licenses to make sure they are not suspended
24. Shop your current insurance company premiums and policy coverage
25. Update your current business card, a fresh look possibly

blog_strip_2016_ideas_2 26. Take before and after pics of the cars you have detailed and publish them on Facebook and Instagram, then have your customers tag those pics!
27. Get uniforms for you and your staff, you and your staff must look professional and awesome always
28. Interview future possible employees to help grow the business in 2016
29. Become an authorized licensee of Detail King and reap the benefits
30. Put a fresh coat of paint inside your shop bays, clean up your parking lot too
31. Be sure your detail shop has good curb appeal and noticeable signage
32. Pursue boats, motorcycles and RV customers – great profit makers!
33. Join a networking club to share leads with other local businesses
34. Hire a college kid that can help you manage your social media channels and make videos
35. Create videos of the services you offer and publish on your web site and social media
36. Expand your service offers by adding ceramic coatings, vinyl and leather repair, etc.
37. Seek out new profitable services and products to offer your customers
38. Choose a mentor to help you reach your goals in 2016
39. Develop a Service Menu for your business
40. Offer mobile coupons especially if you are a mobile business
41. Create a style-guide for your business marketing and advertising mediums
42. Send your employees to Detail King for hands on training
43. Develop monthly seasonal special that can be printed or emailed to your customers
44. Spend one day a week prospecting for new business, make new contacts
45. Set up a performance review process for your employees
46. Be quick to fire and slow to hire, check references!
47. Get to the gym to help stay fit, cardio is important
48. Loose 10-15 lbs. if you think you are too fat, gain 10-15 lbs. if you think you are too skinny
49. Save 10% of your earnings every month, no matter how tight things get
50. Plan a long weekend vacation every quarter to rejuvenate and regroup

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Winter is here and the likes of it will be staying around for at least 6 more weeks according to Punxsutawney Phil. If you operate your auto detailing business in parts of the country that are experiencing snow and other nasty weather conditions you should be making the best of your time by preparing for the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons. Shown below is what your To-Do list should look like:

• Develop an email for my past customers offering my auto detailing “Spring” Clean-Up services. Schedule this email to be sent out to all of my segmented lists the last week of February.

• Prepare a flyer to be included with my chamber of commerce’s monthly email or snail mailer that will be sent out to all chamber members. Offer them an exclusive winter clean-up package for all of their employees. Be sure to list my other car detailing services too.

• Schedule face to face appointments with business principles and office building managers where there are multiple vehicles parked all day. I will use my LinkedIn account and Chambers membership roster to determine who the decision makers are at these businesses.

• Visit all the automotive service oriented businesses in my area to be sure they have my flyers and business cards on their counters for the up-coming seasons. I will go and see express lube centers, tire shops, tune up shops, stereo shops, muffler shops and service repair garages and ask them if they are interested in co promoting.

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• Make a deal with some of the better local tunnel car washes that do not offer auto detailing services. Talk to them about setting up a canopy on Fridays to offer express services. Work them out a commission for every car I detail while I am there.

• Talk to the pro shop manager at the local golf clubs about working out a referral program with him so all the golfers are made aware of my services. Offer to detail the golfer’s cars while they are at the country club golfing.

• Call my past customers that I have not heard from in a long time and see how they are doing and what I need to do to earn their business back. Offer them a free car wash to entice them.

• Meet with my web master and review every page on my web site to be sure they are optimized for my core key words for each page. Update my web site with fresh content and new images. Have my web site optimized for mobile devices.

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• Call the local college’s student placement dept. and ask to speak to a student that knows how to make short videos and hire them to create new short videos of me performing detailing services. I need to post these videos on YouTube, Facebook and my web site.

• Set up an Instagram business account and start posting my before and after detail jobs.

• Look at ads daily on Craigslist for pre-owned vehicles that are for sale and email the sellers with information about my Sell Your Car detail package and how it could help sell their vehicle quicker at top dollar.

• Be sure I am subscribing to Detail King’s blog posts at cardetailingblog.com and getting their e newsletters so I can stay on top of my game all season long and save money with their special offers. I must also meet with my advisors to discuss everything listed in this document and up-date my business plan accordingly.

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Being organized and preparing for the busy season that is quickly approaching is very critical. You will be setting yourself up for success if you do this now. If you do not take the steps to set yourself up for success you will be challenged to succeed. Chances are your competitors are reading this blog too, don’t let them get the edge. You are now in the driver’s seat and know what it will take to boost your revenues in 2015. Get out there and make it happen!

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An untapped, but extremely well accepted market niche would be targeting individuals and businesses that are selling their vehicles and offer them your “Sell Your Car Detailing Package.” Prospect by seeking vehicles that are for sale on craigslist and other on-line vehicle for sale web sites that you would want to detail and offer them a skinny version of a complete detail. If you are looking to increase revenues and fill in some gaps in your weekly schedule this is a way to do it!

We at Detail King actually mention this to our students that attend our auto detailing training seminars in Pittsburgh. We get very positive feedback from our students once they have had a chance to go back and execute this type of prospecting. To see how one of our top Authorized Licensees displays this service on his web site visit Bling Bling Detail KingShown below is a template you can use when emailing these prospects:

Hello,

I see that you have listed your (make & model) for sale on Craigslist. We provide professional mobile auto detailing services and actually offer a reasonably priced detailing package that should help you sell your vehicle quicker and get closer to your asking price!

Our Sell Your Car Package includes:

• Hand wash & chamois dry
• Engine cleaning & dressing
• Machine polish exterior
• Condition tires & trim
• Vacuum interior & shampoo carpets & mats
• Wet dust dash, door panels and console
• Condition interior vinyl trim
• Clean all windows & mirrors
• Apply new car scent
• Address any special requests

We understand that you probably do not need our very best detailing services because you are selling your vehicle so we developed our Sell Your Car Package to give your vehicle the grooming that it needs to make it stand out and be more marketable.

The cost of our Sell Your Car Package is based on the size and condition of your vehicle. Prices range from (publish your price range here) and is normally about half of what we would charge for a complete detailing service if you plan to keep your vehicle.

We also offer New Car Protection Packages if you are planning on purchasing a new vehicle after your current vehicle is sold. Please don’t forget to ask us about this package.

To schedule your appointment or ask any questions please reply back to this email or call us at (phone number). Remember, a shiny and clean car sells faster than a dull and dirty one, that is why car dealers detail their cars for their front line. Car dealers actually increase the trade-in value up to $1200 for a vehicle that looks and smells good!

Thank you,

(your name)
(name of your business)
(tag line)
(phone number)
(web site)

Note: Link your web site pages that host your Sell Car Package and your New Car Protection Package to your email.

 

If you own and operate your own auto detailing or mobile auto detailing business chances are you do not know what it costs to operate your business on a daily basis. You are providing a service which is very labor intense; you actually need to know what your hourly operating cost is. Once you know what it takes to operate your detailing business per hour you will be able to price your detailing jobs better and provide more accurate estimates for over sized vehicles.

Knowing what your hourly break-even cost is will enable you to determine what you want your profit margin to be per job. Detail King has prepared a simple but effective cost/profit model that will enable just about any auto detailing business owner determine what their hourly break-even costs are. You need to know if you are making or losing money on each job especially the super-sized vehicles like super stretch limousines, boats, big rigs, box trucks, etc.

Your expenses can be broken down by what’s known as fixed costs and variable costs.

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Fixed costs are costs that you have to pay every month and usually are the same “fixed” amount every month. Some examples could be rent on your building or your truck or van payment. Other examples of fixed costs could be a monthly loan payment for your start-up costs or your insurance premium for your business or company owned vehicle.

Variable costs are expenses that usually will fluctuate every month. Some typical variable costs would be utilities, auto detailing supplies, office supplies, advertising, marketing, fuel costs, labor, educational expenses, equipment maintenance and repairs, uniforms, trash pick-up, gray water disposal fees, and travel expense. The list will vary depending on the size of the business and the goals of its leader.

The formula to quickly compute your hourly operating cost is really quite easy. If you use an accounting software package like quick books for small businesses then you can easily total both fixed and variable costs. If you do not have use of accounting software you can still figure your over-head out easily.

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First, list all of your monthly fixed cost for a typical month and total them up. Next, list all your variable costs and take a 4 month average of those expenses. The 4 months to include for your tabulation should include 2 of your busiest months, 1 slow month and 1 medium busy month. Add all of the 4 month totals together and then divide by 4, this will give you your average monthly variable cost total.

Now add both totals together. Let’s say your fixed costs to operate your business every month total $2150 and your average monthly variable costs total $1075. Your total monthly overhead is $3225.

Now take the amount of days you work per month, let’s say 26 days per month. Divide $3225 by 26 and your average per day cost is: $124.03. Now take the average amount of hours you work per day, let’s say its 8 hours – then divide $124.03 by 8. Your hourly break-even cost is $15.50.

Now you need to determine what your hourly rate should be. Deciding what you actually want to make per hour will help you develop what you should charge for your standard detailing services and how much to estimate for over-sized vehicles. You should at least triple the value of your hourly break-even cost. So if your hourly break-even is $15.50 your “hourly service rate” would be $46.50. So you will me “making” $31.00 per hour! That beats flipping burgers for $7.75 per hour doesn’t it?

When developing a service menu and listing your services and their price ranges the prices should be based on the amount of time you think it will take you for each service times your hourly rate. So let’s say you provide a wash, clay, buff and wax service for regular size vehicles and you determine that it should take you about 2.5 – 3.0 hours. Your advertised price range for that vehicle would be $116.50. For rounding purposes you could advertise that service at $109.00 – $129.00 depending on condition of the vehicle (and or size). You would use this same formula for determining what to charge for all of your services.

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If you get a phone call whereas the customer is asking “how much to detail my RV” after you get all of the particulars including the length, color, surface type, etc. you would then determine how many hours this will take you. Let’s say it is 8 hours, and you know your hourly rate is $46.50 then you would quote your customer $372. For rounding and price range purposes; your quoted over the phone price range may be $375-$425. You cannot firm that up until you actually see the vehicle. But now you know how to price these over-sized vehicles while being fair with the customer and making $31 per hour or at least a $248 profit for a day’s work. Not bad!

Keep in mind if you have to bring along a helper your hourly rate goes up so you must factor his or her hourly wage plus at least 25% for employee taxes. But you should also be able to get the job done quicker; so you can be more productive and get more detail jobs completed per day.

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It is critical to understand that if your overhead is too high and you use the formula for your cost and profit model stated earlier you may price yourself out of the market. Keep your over-head manageable. A good example would be if just starting out as a mobile auto detailer and you need to buy a mobile rig, don’t purchase a Cadillac Escalade as your mobile rig, your monthly bank note payment will be outrageous! A better decision would be to consider purchasing a reliable pre owned work van for $2500 versus paying $50,000 for a pre- owned expensive luxury SUV.

If you work smart, and work hard, you will be able to buy a Caddy Escalade someday as your personal vehicle or whatever motivates you. Keep your over-head down, do great work and keep taking your business to the next level and you will Thrive!