Career. Not only have I heard this many times, but I’ve experienced it myself. Car detailing companies is also affected by pandemic but they are slowly getting back.
Although there are variations to the story, most detailers experience a very similar scenario.
The personality traits that many detailers share are usually formed at an early age. We were the rare kids on the block that had the cleanest and shiniest BMX bikes. We would rather play with other peoples’ toys because we didn’t want ours to get beat up. Our action figures stayed in their protective cases to keep them looking new. And our baseballs didn’t get played with much because of the fear of scuffs.
As we got closer to driving age we started to take care of Mom and Dad’s cars because it felt good to make them shiny and clean. Sure we didn’t know a single thing about proper washing and drying techniques, and our detailing arsenal was limited to a bucket, an old towel, a container of dishwashing liquid, and a bottle of Armor All at best…but our vehicles still looked better than everybody else’s.
Now fast forward to high school when many of us got our own cars! Now that’s when OCD issues really started to settle in nicely. Regardless of what we drove, we knew we had the cleanest vehicles in the lot or at the local hangout. We wouldn’t allow people to lean against or eat in our cars, and we got true enjoyment out of washing and waxing them whereas others found it to be a laborious chore.
At this point we started to get the attention of friends and relatives as they recognized our mad skills for “detailing” vehicles. We started to make a few extra bucks off of friends and family, and for many of us a light went off when we realized we could actually make some extra money while doing something that we enjoy, and what we are good at.
Many people at this point go on with their lives, get an education, and start their careers and limit their skills and desires to detail vehicles to the ones in their own garage (you know the guy…he probably lives a few doors down from you). For others however, they continue forward with their skills in a quest to be even better. This is when it gets interesting! The first part usually involves the mastery of doing everything by hand. This is all going well until they stumble on information about the Porter Cable random orbital polisher (thanks to the internet usually). Once they see the level of paint correction that can be done by this amazing invention in detailing technology, then they realize it’s “game-on”.
Investment in equipment and supplies now lies ahead of us, but how do we afford it? A buffer, pads, polishes, towels, sealants…that’s a lot of money just to keep your car looking better than everybody elses. “I know… I’ll start doing more detailing for money to pay for my own supplies and equipment” (you’re laughing right now because this happened to YOU!).
Once you start doing a few more jobs on the side to pay for your own supplies and tools, you find yourself getting better and better, and you also find that people are knocking on your door to inquire about detailing services that you offer. You quickly discover that you have a potential business here that you can make some decent income off of.
After your business starts to grow, you start marketing some of your work and services on local forums, you realize that you need to be covered by insurance, and you also find that you can raise your prices to cover any marketing efforts and insurance. Your work is good, people are learning about you, and you’re discovering the true value of what you have to offer to people.
Now is the point where detailers either stall, or go big. For some, they either don’t know how to take it to the next level, or they are apprehensive about quitting their regular full-time job to make their now part-time job a regular career. For others, they come up with a business plan and go out on their own to make it big (the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit).
So which are you? If you do exceptional work, if you have a strong following, if you’re good with people…then what are you waiting for? Are you afraid to cut the strings that are holding you to that day job? Let me tell you a bit about my story and hopefully it will motivate you to make that tough decision.
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