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Postby Handy Valet » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:58 am

Hi and hello to you guys

I come from an automotive background and after being recently part of a network review find myself looking for a new carrer and a chance to be my own boss and in control of my future for once.I have always had a passion for keeping my vehicles and my wifes vehicle clean and highly detailed so im taking a close look at the valeting opportunities for me.I have been looking at the franchise opportunities to start my business and just wondered what your thoughts were about going down that route to start a business.Anybody here experianced any valet franchise business or do i just go it alone, a bit scary after being employed for so long and having a regular income each month.Any advice or encouragement would be very welcome as i guess a lot of you have been at this crossroads before.

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Postby Admin » Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:43 pm

Welcome along Andy, for me you would be better setting up yourself, the money these companys want up front and then monthly is imo #crazy you could setup yourself for far less, nice cheap van, water tank, genny and you can pick your own chemicals, not the s*** they supply you with.

Iam sure a few of the members will point you in the right direction where to go for your insurance, chemicals and all the gear you need to setup.

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Postby G3valeting » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:00 pm

Hi mate welcome aboard , i agree with the above post tbh not done the franchise thing but i think you'd be better served starting your own valeting business ..
I wont lie and say its easy but my advice fwiw is
no1) check the local competition phone em up an see how busy they are, a good indicator of how much work is out there in your area and price competitively but not too cheap your running round like a loony for £50 a day , decide how you want to market your business ie high end if availiable in your area again do your homework or plenty of cars cheap price know what you want to do and do not change .. Be flexible if you start cheap its a hard tag to shake off...
No2 if you can afford to buy a van ,get it signwritten or magnets at first .
No3 get some chemicals , and get round business parks etc flyers imo are a waste of money
No4 possibly should be no2 get a website and get it seo'd and get plenty of pics of your work an add to webby ..
No5 keep high standards at all times wom is your biggest friend ..
Get insured ring lloyd at coversure and get a quote do not want to screw up an aston without insurance public liability and items worked upon .. Could go on but i'll let others have a go ...hth
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Postby Car_clean » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:07 pm

Hi and welcome to the #best #forum

I too would advise to steer clear of a franchise, you can easily set up yourself at a quarter of the cost.
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Postby DMD Detailing » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:00 am

Hi mate, as above really, excluding van, genny and water tank all the things you need to setup can be sourced from on here.

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Re: Hi and Hello

Postby Handy Valet » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:38 am

Hi again guys

Thanks for your replies.Going to spend today checking out the areas around where i live see who is already offering a valeting service to see if there are any gaps or opportunities for me to start a business. I can cover the EX & TQ postcodes so a vast area even if there are other valeting companies on this patch.Think i will book a valet myself so i can see the operation, how it works etc. First steps but i need the intel before i start any real planning.
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Postby G3valeting » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:50 am

Hi mate thinking with those postcodes you should do alright tbh plenty of nice motors in that neck of the woods tbh , think if you do your homework well you should make a decent living tbh .. Never be rich but comfortable .. Hard going though .. Need advice just shout always someone willing to help..
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