Well, having been in the auto detailing sector as a young man and then expanding the business to include mobile car washing, truck washing, boat detailing, and aircraft cleaning I can tell you that there is always plenty of business for those who work hard, give great service, have a fair price, hustle, and do a quality job. There is just so much business. Of course, that means you have to go from being a little company to becoming a real business. Now then, let’s talk about how to expand a mobile car ceramic pro detailing business and turn it into an automotive detail shop.
Just the other day someone contacted me because they live in a small town where the weather is not always cooperative for their auto detailing business, their operations now are primarily mobile. They have plenty of business and cannot get all the work done, sound familiar? It should, because if you are in this sector and doing everything right, that’s a space you know all too well. In any case, he knows he has to keep his employees busy, gainfully employed making money, or they will quit and find more consistent work. Right, so he needs to get his business out of the elements and into a shop.
Only one problem with all this, the costs for renting a building where he’s at are a little high, and he only really needs a shop certain times of the year. Second, he doesn’t want to sign a 5 or 10-year lease right now, because he also has other business ventures too. Okay so, one solution might be to get set up with a nice portable building system; what you ask? Yes, a portable expandable enclosure. There are several companies that make these.It pumps up like one of those “jumping party enclosures” for kids. Then you can drive the car right inside, and it’s durable for I suppose anything, painting cars, doing auto motive repairs, or what have you, and I’d say just the ticket for auto detailing. I was in one not too long ago, it was okay, good ventilation and it was dry inside but raining outside.
Anyway, I discussed this potential option with the young entrepreneur trying to overcome the weather obstacle, as this might be one option for him. The other was a trailer enclosure to drive to the job site where the trailer sides expand. There are two companies I know about who make these especially for mobile auto detailers; one is in CA and the other in FL. Or you could get a Featherlite racing trailer and use that, but I suppose that would be pretty expensive. When there is a will there is a way in the auto detailing business, I always say. Please consider all this and think on it.