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How to Start a Pressure/Power Washing Business 1-2-3

Pressure washing businesses make money doing jobs for both homeowners and businesses. People typically hire pressure washers to clean driveways, fences, decks, vinyl siding, boats, patios, parking lots, drive-thrus, sidewalks, gas stations and more. Not only are there lots of ways to make money, one cleaning job can turn into a repeat customer.

Starting a Power/Pressure Washing Business:

1. Apply for a business license at your city hall. Some cities will also require a pressure cleaning business to obtain environmental licensing or permits as well as be bonded. Requirements vary by location, so you want to check with your city. You may also be required to have liability insurance. You can get free business insurance quotes and information online.

2. Register your business name with your county clerk.

Power Washing Business Plan3. Put together your business plan. Downloadable software makes this task easy. This workbook guides you step-by-step through the planning process, including:

  1. Cover Sheet
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Company Description
  4. Products & Services
  5. Start-Up Cost
  6. Marketing Plan
  7. Sales Forecast
  8. Operational Plan
  9. Management and Organization
  10. Financial Plan (with profit-loss statement, projected cash flow, balance sheet and breakeven analysis)

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4. Set up a business bank account to keep personal and business finances separate. Invest in inexpensive accounting software to keep your income and expenses in order. You can also use simple invoice software to professionally bill clients, track payments and keep records of all past transactions.

5. Power washing equipment and supplies you'll need:

  • Pressure washer
  • Water hoses and high pressure hoses
  • Tips, turbo nozzle and surface cleaner
  • Truck or van

6. Get a business phone line. This is often the first impression you make on customers, and you don't want them calling your home phone line. You may be surprised to find out how cheap it can be to set up a toll-free phone number, a multi-line phone system, VoIP or add an additional phone number to your existing service.

7. Order business cards. Professionalize your image and advertise your business at the same time. Include information on your cards about benefits you provide to your customers. Design Your Own Business Cards. Need a logo? Save money by using logo design tools that help you design a professional logo yourself.

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Finding Customers for Your Pressure Washing Business

Start by networking with people in your area. Join business organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and participate in local community events. When people first meet, they generally ask what the other person does for work. This is a great way to get the word out, and if people see you as a friend rather than a pushy saleperson, they are more likely to either use your services or refer you to others when they need  pressure cleaning services.

Use a custom car door magnet to advertise your business.

Set up a simple website for under $50/year to advertise your pressure washing services. Help people find you in the search engines: get listed in 20 search engines for free or in 300 search engines for $4.

Local Search is becoming more and more popular. People are many times using online search instead of the traditional yellow pages to find local businesses. Local Search sources that are affordable and receive substantial traffic include: Google Local, Yelp, Super Pages and Insider Pages.

Offer coupons in neighborhood mailers or local newspapers to locate new customers. Mailing services can design coupons for you, or you can design your own with online coupon creators.

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