Starting a Pressure Washing Business

Owning a pressure washing service is an excellent business opportunity and is no doubt a proven money-maker. Compensation ranges anywhere from $50-$150 dollars an hour depending on a variety of different factors. For example, the type of work (residential or commercial), your competition, market demand, seasonal changes etc.
 
Let's take a look at the benefits associated with the pressure washing business field:
 
1. Low startup costs and overhead - Compared to other brick and mortar type business's, starting a pressure washing business has a low cost of entry. Equipment maintenance and business insurance fees are the main monthly costs, which are typically inexpensive.  On average business insurance costs are about $100-$150 dollars a month. Insurance costs may be higher if more than one vehicle is covered under the policy, and you are doing commercial work more than three stories high.
 
2. Low training costs - No special education is required to operate a pressure washer. If you make the decision to scale your business later on and hire employees the require training time and costs will be low. You should be able to train a new employee how to use a pressure washer and clean surfaces properly within two weeks, leaving you time to focus on the more important aspects of your business such as marketing.
 
3. Sense of fulfillment - Since your offering a service, there is a greater sense of fulfillment because you're helping people. The ability to gain new customers by word of mouth advertising will become a reality depending on how professional a job you do.
 
4. Great income potential - There will always be a need for pressure washing services.  While the level of demand will vary in every area, there will always be a need for both residential and commercial work.
 
5. Repeat customers - Residential and commercial buildings will always need to be re-cleaned over time, which means you have the advantage of building a list of repeat customers and saving on marketing costs.
 
6. Additional Services - What many people don't realize is the pressure washing business involves much more than simply pressure washing surfaces. You can make more money by offering additional services such as wood restoration, gutter cap installations, gutter cleaning, and roof treatments.

If you're considering starting your own pressure washing business you should start by creating a solid business plan. This is a step most often overlooked by new business owners. A business plan will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises and help you understand what you'll need to get started.

 

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