If you want to find a way to start your own company, the pressure washing industry may be a good route to take. After all, this field is worth $1.8 billion globally and is expected to grow by about 3.4% in the next few years. If you decide to start this type of business, there are a few steps you should take first to give yourself the best chance of success.
Make Sure You Have the Right Skills for the Job
First, you should feel very comfortable pressure washing a variety of surfaces. This isn’t a job you should wait to learn once you’ve started the company, as you’ll need to make sure you have the skills to do it right before you start charging customers for your services. So if you’re still new to pressure washing, you can watch videos and read articles for tutorials on how to successfully clean with pressure washing equipment.
Once you know the basics, you can get experience by using this method to clean different parts of your property, such as your driveway, patio, and the exterior of your house. As you do this, think about whether you’ll specialize in cleaning certain surfaces—like concrete, cars, boats, house siding, etc.—or if you’ll do it all. Just make sure you have experience cleaning all the surfaces without damaging them before you offer your services to customers. And think about offering your services free or cheap while you get more experience with pressure washing.
Buy the Equipment You’ll Need
If you don’t already own pressure washing equipment, you’ll need to buy it. Borrowing or renting it at first is fine as you learn how to use it, but it’s more cost-effective long term to own your own equipment. Look for commercial pressure washers that get great reviews, and be sure to take into account details like PSI, flow rate, and engine power.
Once you buy a pressure washer, it’s time to think about how you’ll transport it to jobsites. You might need a company truck or van that will comfortably fit the equipment you use, though you can also attach a trailer to the back of your vehicle to transport it if you’re not ready to buy a truck yet. You should also think about other items you’ll need to buy, such as nozzles and chemicals you might use.
Get Pressure Washer Liability Insurance
Another necessity to look into before you start your business is insurance. More specifically, you’ll need pressure washer liability insurance to protect your business. After all, there’s a chance you’ll accidentally damage someone’s property while cleaning it with a pressure washer, especially if you’re still getting used to the equipment. If you don’t have pressure washer liability insurance, you’ll have to pay for that damage out of pocket.
But if you do have insurance, you’ll have coverage for any damage you cause on the job. Your policy will also pay for the medical expenses of anyone who gets hurt as a result of your services. So if a customer trips over the equipment while you’re cleaning the property, your pressure washer liability insurance can pay for any hospital or doctor bills. You can add as much coverage as you want to your insurance policy, too, making sure your employees are protected from any risks this job might bring.
Get an Idea of All the Expenses
Now that you’re thinking about what equipment to buy and which pressure washer liability insurance policy to purchase, you may be considering the expenses involved in starting a business. Fortunately, these tend to be the main ones, as it’s not very expensive to start a pressure washing business. Just check with your state to find out about any other requirements that may cost money, such as a business license, bond, permits, and sales tax registration.
There are other expenses that may come up over time, but they’re not all required for you to get started. For example, while a simple website should be free or inexpensive, you’ll pay more if you want a custom website. The same goes for advertising materials. You can start out relying on word-of-mouth marketing or social media posts as you get experience. But as you make more money in this business, you might want to invest in more options, such as paid ads and brochures you can hand out.
If you want to get a better idea of what to do and what expenses to expect when opening a pressure washing business, check with the Small Business Administration to find out about taxes, licenses, permits, etc. Then reach out to an insurance company you can trust to get a quote for pressure washer liability insurance.