Shiny wheels, the perfectly clear windows and not a streak in sight. And so we pop off to the local car wash to have it done and ticked off the list so that we can move on to other things. The first decision that needs to be made involves deciding between a franchise and an independent business model. Both of these come with their own set of risks and rewards — all of which have been set out in the table below. The decision between an independent venture and a franchise opportunity must be a personal choice based on your personality. In general — if you are someone who likes to blaze your own trail and like to have complete and utter control over every aspect of your business, then starting a car wash, or any business, as an independent is the way to go for you. If however, you are better at working within the guidelines and like the freedom of someone else, in this case the parent company, making the decisions for you — then starting a franchise is the way forward.
Consequently, they have nice cars and want them to look nice. There are five different car dealerships within a three-mile radius which will require car washing services for the various fleets. Lastly, there are many different local businesses that have company cars and that require clean appearances. All of these potential customers need a car wash that fits their needs and their budget. We will happily fill that need.
There are many steps in the process and each need to be implemented correctly or your business will not be all it can be. In the business plan, we will outline the process that needs to be taken and the sequence in which they should be undertaken. This should not be seen as a race and haste will lead to mistakes.