Inventive youths and kids are forever looking for methods to make some additional money for that next CD or tank of gas for their car. Owning a car washing business and detailing cars could bring in significant cash if they are willing to put in the work.
Folks are busy nowadays and never in our history have we been busier. The end result to all of this running around is that many chores either don't get done or we look for others to do some of those chores for us. Whether or not it is house cleaning, gardening or washing and detailing cars, this leaves a wide open market for the neighborhood kids. With these options available to them, a busy automobile owner is often ecstatic to find a ready teenager to clean their car for them.
To get your kid started to making their own money, they will first need to decide what services they'd like to offer. Washing cars is easy and doesn't cost much, but if they are looking to make some really good money, encourage them to offer extras services to their clients. They could offer to wax the cars, polish the wheels, vacuum carpets and clean the vinyl or leather inside. Make sure your child knows how to clean these things correctly (you may have to show them initally) and how to select the best equipment and products to get the job done. Advise them to call around to the varied car detailing businesses to find out what they bill for their services, then have your child offer a cheaper price. Be sure to take into consideration the cost of their supplies, travel costs, and the amount of labor they may put into a job when they are working out their prices.
When they've determined their services and costs, the next step is to advertise, and the only way to do this is with fliers and business cards - a great introduction to marketing! Have them hang their fliers on circular boards where ever you see them, many hardware stores, automotive stores, and most grocery stores have them.
They can also take their fliers door to door, and put them on each dirty car they see. Hand out business cards to the new and used car lots, times are tough right now and if they can not afford pro detailing services they could be prepared to let your child wash their automobiles for them.
Automobile detailing has the potential to be a particularly profitable business for a teenager and it can be done with little expenses and apparatus, making it the ultimate way to fill your empty wallet. Good luck!
by: Nicole Clemow
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