Can I Start a Mobile Detailing Or Mobile Oil Change Business Part-Time?

Due to the recession many people many folks have been laid off and have been forced to take jobs under their skill levels and previous pay. We call these individuals “under-employed” and it is amazing how many people are in this category. One recent survey by the Pew Institute claimed it was one in five people in our current working force, this on top of the one in six, seven, or eight that is unemployed in your area. Think about that for a second.

It is for this reason that many folks have decided to start small companies, very small, on the side. Not long ago, we got a call in asking if we thought that someone could start Mobile Detailing or Mobile Oil Change Business Part-time? So, let’s talk about this shall we?

1.) Can I start doing the auto detailing and oil changing part time without any business set up?

Yes, some people do, although buying a van for mobile oil changing is expensive and so, I wouldn’t advise it. But I wouldn’t advise quitting your job until the business gets going either. So, that’s kind of a catch-22, it’s a hard business to get going because your customers only need you every 3-months as oil intervals are high. Fleet oil changing is a better business model, but you ought to check the areas competition first. For mobile detailing it would be easier to set this up part time doing services for friends and clients. In either case you’ll need to get a business license most likely, I wouldn’t go around breaking the business licensing rules.

2.) For example, like just doing it on the side to start to make sure I want to do this?

Right, so, I can totally appreciate your smart thinking here. Why invest if you don’t like the business? Well, if you are a “motor head” type and like people, you will like the business. You could go work for Wal-Mart in one of their service bays for a while for the oil changing, or Jiffy Lube. For Auto detailing, well just start doing your own car, which you probably already do, and friend’s cars and see if you like it.

Most likely you will, it’s a fun thing to do. Since, you already have experience none of this may be necessary, mostly it appears you are a little scared of biting the bullet and going for it in your own business. Actually, you should be scared, it will keep you from making foolish mistakes, so it’s all good. Having experience and running a business are two-different things of course.

Indeed, I’ve had similar questions and discussions with many franchise buyers before I retired, it’s a choice you are going to have to make a some point, and that choice will have to be yours after a bit of soul searching. These are both good questions, things you must answer for yourself if you are going to start a business of your own.

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