What Do You Need To Start A Pressure Washing Business
Pressure Washing Expenditures (Fixed & Variable Costs)
- Equipment (Pressure Washer or Trailer Rig)
- Accessories (Surface Cleaner, Undercarriage Cleaner, Nozzles, Brushes, Hose, Hose Reel, Trigger Gun, Lance, Foam Cannon or Tank Foamer, Swivel, Recycle System, Tank, etc.)
- Safety Gear (Gloves, Googles, Boots, etc.)
- Chemicals (Detergent)
- Business Permit
- Licenses (Contractor License)
- Marketing (Paid Ads, Website, Flyers, Business Cards, Brochures, Pamphlets, etc.)
- Transportation (Gas, Vehicle, etc.)
- Equipment Repairs/Maintenance
- Replacement Parts
- Safety Equipment
After assessing all your costs, you’ll want to determine what you're going to charge your customers. You want to find a price that will cover your expenses while staying competitive with your competition's pricing and not bankrupt your customers if you want repeat customers or gain referrals.
Another thing to think about when creating your business plan is how are you going to organize your business. Are you going to have a Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, LLC, C-Corporation or S-Corp?
You will also want to have a business name in mind. This will be important later on.
Something to consider when creating your business plan is that it can be seasonal. You may only be able to work from March to November. To give you an idea, someone doing this as a side hustle could earn around $54,000 / year. So, if you commit to it full-time for 9-months you could earn six figures and not worry about the 3-month off-season depending on your personal expenses and lifestyle.
Learn to Pressure Wash
Here are some helpful videos on how to use a pressure washer:
Pressure Washing Wood
Pressure Washing Other Items
So, what’s next on the list to start a pressure washing business? Minimize any liabilities.
Paperwork: License, Permits, Insurance, Registration
If you commit to starting a pressure washing business, you need to obtain the proper licenses, permits, insurance, and registration. This way you stay out of jail if you damage property, injure someone, and stay on the right side of the law.
- Business License (Register your company with the state)
- Occupational Business License
- Bond (May need to pay a bond before you get a license)
- Contractor’s License
- Pressure Washing License (Required in select states)
This can vary depending on the state. Contact your city licensing office or county clerk’s office to ensure you file all the required paperwork.
- Liability Insurance
- Workers Compensation
- Equipment Insurance
- Property Insurance
- Contractor’s Bond
- Income Protection
- Commercial Auto
You may want insurance for all of the following or just a few. It depends on how you are going to operate your business.
For instance, you may decide you don’t want property insurance if you're operating out of your home. If you're renting a facility/space, then you’ll most likely opt for property insurance. Deciding on income protection is the difference between having coverage on the job (workers comp) and coverage outside the workplace (income protection).
- Wastewater Discharge Permit
- Contractor Permit
- Environmental Permit
Requirements vary from state to state, you may only need a single permit or multiple depending on the type of jobs you are going to be doing.
The best way to ensure you have all the proper permits is to visit the government website for your city for failure to comply can result in fines against you and your business.
Repair & Maintenance
Now you have everything you need, a business plan, proper documentation, equipment, and plenty of experience using that equipment, the last thing is building your clientele.
You want to build your online presence. What does that mean? Social media (Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, YouTube, etc.), a website, Google and Bing Business Profile, business professional email, etc.
Door-to-door. To get your first few customers, you may want to knock on some doors in your neighborhood to see if anyone would be interested in your service. Once you get some customers the word will start to get out. This is where reputation comes into play. The more satisfied your customers are with your service, the more likely they are to share with their friends and then you have the snowball effect.
Social media will be important. Posting frequently and sharing your work online will help others to discover your business and lets customers know what quality of work to expect. The power of social media will become your biggest asset in growing your business and establishing a strong reputable name for yourself.
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