How to Start Your Own Pressure Washing Business

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jul 24, 2018

Jul 24, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

These days, operating a pressure washing business is a shrewd business move.

As with any other small business, you'll have control over your schedule and your income. However, a pressure washing business also has a lot of growth potential. In due time, you should be able to expand into other niches and regions.

That said, starting a pressure washing business isn't all about buying your own pressure washer and getting to work. If you want to make a profit, you'll have to consider all kinds of important factors.

Not sure where to start? This short guide should make your task a bit easier.

1. Skills

First of all, you should ensure you have all the necessary skills.

For example, cleaning delicate or hard-to-reach areas is practically a science in itself. Knowing how do avoid damaging the surrounding plants and surfaces is quite important.

There are two ways you can get acquainted with the workings of a pressure washer. First, you can rent one and test it on many different surfaces. Second, you can log some time at an established pressure washing business.

2. Equipment

Before starting a power wash business, you'll need the right equipment. Renting it is fine to start with, but you'll want your own equipment sooner or later. If you can afford it, it makes more sense to get it immediately.

What should you get? Other than pressure washing gear -- a pressure washer, chemicals, nozzles -- you'll need a van or truck to haul it around. You'll also need work shirts or uniforms, as well as the decals to put on the side of your van.

3. Setting Up

Once you have the skills and equipment, it's time to set up your business.

First, name your business and purchase a matching domain name. Then, get a business license. While you're at it, buy liability insurance, equipment insurance, and workers compensation.

Finally, don't forget to register the business for tax purposes. Even sole proprietors need to pay taxes, so make sure you know which kinds of taxes you're eligible for. Selling your services before ironing out the red tape is a bad idea.

4. Going Online

As you may know, more and more people are getting interested in pressure washing services. This LaborPanes article explains why it makes sense to hire a professional for this type of job.

The best way to reach that audience is to use the power of the Internet. If you have a domain name and a web host, making a website is easy. Once you have a website, you just need to add a home page, a services page, and a contact page.

5. Booking Jobs

Now, having a website has little to do with advertising your pressure washer business.

So, how do you generate leads? Well, you can start by getting your website listed in the various local listings. That way, it will show up whenever people search for terms like "pressure washing in my area."

There are many other marketing avenues you can explore. Email marketing, SEO, social media ads, Facebook retargeting -- the possibilities are endless. Remember, promoting your business should be a constant time investment.

More on Operating a Pressure Washing Business

These are the main things you should know about starting a pressure washing business. As long as you take this guide seriously, you should have your own business up and running in no time.

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