It should go without saying, that if you are thinking of, or running a mobile auto detailing business, you’re going to need insurance. Having insurance is the only way that you are going to be able to protect your business and personal assets. Speaking of personal assets, you can protect them by making your company an LLC. However, an LLC should not be an instead of insurance venture. You will still need insurance. Fortunately, the type of insurance you will need is really not that expensive. When you compare the cost of insurance against the cost of being sued, you will discover that the monthly payment for the insurance is quite all right. I really hate to mention this, but there a lot of people in this world looking to make a quick buck. The very ones you would never see as suspect in this are the very ones that will do it. The reason they sue you could be anything. Think about it, if Mc Donald’s can be sued for hot coffee, and lose, then your chances of being sued are hugely probable.
The type of insurance that you will need is called “Garage Keeper’s Liability”. This type of insurance covers you for both owning a garage for your work and mobile only work. You need to be covered while working on the customer’s vehicle and if you should have to move the vehicle, say from the owner’s garage to the driveway. Even if you never move the vehicle, you’re working on it and need coverage for that. Be sure that when you get your quote, that you ask to be covered for working on a vehicle, moving it, picking it up, and delivering it.
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Starting perhaps in this post, I should really get down to sharing some of the course with you. These will be just a few but will hopefully peak your interest enough to get involved. Let me start by saying that these Events are sponsored by several different wholesalers and at least one other school that I know of. The school information should be of no concern to you since you have already graduated. So, let’s get started; one of the courses that I found quite interesting was; Additional Profit Center: Adding new business to your to business with glass repair. In this workshop you will learn how to add Glass Repair to your already existing PDR line up. If you have not taken this course in your original courses then perhaps this will encourage you to consider it.
You will learn how to add glass revenue to your business without distracting them from your core competency. If you have already taken a glass repair course with us, then this may be the perfect opportunity for you to learn how to introduce this into your normal flow of business. Most new graduates, especially if they have taken the entire ‘Total Recon’ course, are sometimes afraid of launching all of what they have taken in the beginning. This workshop will help you to add your additional courses without causing too much stress or pressure.
Eventually, you will feel more comfortable adding more of your line up of studied courses. You do need to add them though. Otherwise, you will not only lose the ability to perform the skill, but you will also never realize the full potential of the education that you have received.
Once you have graduated, it is important that you align yourself with other PDR Technician’s, not only will it serve to provide you additional work (we will get into that later), but the most important reason is insight into your chosen industry. As with anywhere or anyone in life, you must try to watch out for those that would cast disparagingly upon Paintless Dent Repair. Those that have been unsuccessful at their business will join the ranks of the naysayers when in fact it is not the industry’s fault that the Technician does not know how to build his or her business. The business development side of your business cannot be forgotten and must be tended to the same way a garden or anything else that needs tending to. This part of the business is most difficult for someone who has never done that before. For example, if you have worked for someone else your entire working career, then you may not have ever had the appreciation or understanding of what goes into a company to be successful.
This, perhaps is the most important of your duties as an entrepreneur. In addition to that responsibility, to get back to where we should be, is to take on any type of industry updates and newly added methods of how to perform your duties. Your learning experience should extend far beyond your graduation and I am going to share just some of those possibilities with you.
When all is said and done, PDR Technicians do and should join forces to claim the nation. Your duty, as an entrepreneur, is to make safe your investment and your industry. There are those that are casting a dark shadow on this newly blooming industry and giving it a bad name. This happens in almost every industry that stands to gain from a natural disaster such as a hailstorm. There are those that will do sub-par work and undercut your prices to get the job. These are what you must fight against and separate yourself from. If you join forces with this type, then you are contributing to the demise of this industry. Think about it.
I know I don’t have to tell you, if you are already a PDR Technician, that while it’s incredibly exciting to have graduated, there is also a sense of loneliness and even abandonment. While in classes you had a group of people around you offering suggestions, asking questions you were too afraid to ask, getting answers that you knew would settle your curiosity. Up until now, the information comes at you so fast, you feel as though you are in a whirlwind. You were quite busy in your classes, but now you are at home and the whirlwind of yesterday has now slowed to the slow drumming of rainfall outside your window. I know, that sounds a bit dramatic, but you know it’s true.
So what can you do? There are a number of things that you could be doing to build your business but for now, I want to address learning and sharing opportunities outside of your typical day of business development. There are organizations that you could be a part of that work diligently to stand by PDR Technician’s and offer up suggestions and further training that you could be the happy recipient of.
Annually, there is an event that has been running for 14 years called the “Mobile Tech Expo”. It is already past for the year 2014 as it was held in January. So now is the perfect time to plan for the year 2015. You can register online and gather more information but for now I would like share what types of things you will find at these Expo’s.
Thursday is traditionally meant to be a full day of training. The day is chock full of informational type classes and it is up to you to choose which ones are the most important to your particular needs. I will share those courses with you in the next few posts so that you can get an idea of what the 2015 Mobile Tech Expo will look like.
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There are not many training institutions that offer you the extra help needed to get your business up and running. You may have gone to college to be a great artist, but do you know how to market those skills? Have you any idea of how to create a website for your business? What about designing a Logo? Do you know how to do that? If this is your first time being in business for yourself, then there is so much that needs to be learned and implemented before you can kick off your business successfully.
Our Business Development course helps you to:
- Establish a business plan-Building a business plan immediately is fundamental to building a profitable business. Here you will lay out the very reason for being in business, what you stand for, what your one year, three year, and five year goals are. A business plan is a necessity for any banking institute if you should want to secure a loan
- Advice on Financing your new business
- Training and equipment Best suited for individual goals
- How to give estimates and understand the accounting needed-If you have never personally given an estimate, while it sounds simple, there is a process that you have got to use to get to the amount that you are asking for your services. If you have a clear understanding of who you are and what you can offer, then the estimates that you give will represent that. This is the time that many PDR Technicians will under bid themselves and their services. It’s hard to ask for money.
- Custom designed stationary and business forms
- Marketing, advertising and website design-This is perhaps the single most important thing past the business plan and estimates. You have got to market your business. This is where you establish and develop your brand.
- New account development
- Field training
- Retail and business referrals
- Door ding and dent service warranty
We will cover these in greater detail one offer at a time in future posts.
Questions? We have the answers. Ding King.
Dent Glue Pullers is yet another way to remove dents and compliments the entire Paintless Dent Removal Package. There are three different types of Pullers; the Bridge, the Side Hammer, and the Hand Lifter. These would be used for the more difficult to access areas and prove to be an excellent choice for hail dents. When adding this package onto your normal Paintless Dent Repair package, they provide greater versatility for removing big and small damage.
This package is extremely useful when you find yourself stuck and at a loss for what to do next. No one wants to walk away from a job not completely finished because you just couldn’t maneuver the tools correctly. Plus, if you are ever going to be able to confidently pitch an estimate for a job that may usually be out of the scope of size, this is the way to do that.
In other posts we talk about how much to charge for services and as you may already know, the normal PDR method costs you $0 in supplies. This will be much like that except for the cost of the glue that you will need to buy. Even then, it’s only a fraction of that cost for each use. So let’s say for arguments sake that it costs you a dollar. Surely you can see that this is still an unbelievable profit base for you.
PDR services are generally $125 for retail clients and $50 for wholesale clients. If you have nothing to pay out of pocket except for the nominal amount of glue you may use, you’re still taking home a very large amount of money in an hours time. The average car should take you anywhere between 10-30 minutes so worse case scenario, you would be able to do two cars in an hour. That means you take home $250 for one hours worth of work. Hopefully, you can see the benefits, this is huge!
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Car salesmen have gotten a bad wrap for BSing their customer’s. They are credited in movies everywhere in the world for telling lies to make a sale. This is not the image you want your business to be known for, not even for a minute. Anyone who is over the age of 16 knows when they are being lied to. They know when you’re telling a ‘Big Fish’ story. There’s just no point in even trying. It’s insulting to them and at the very least laughable.
Skip the whole ‘Pie in the sky’ speech and go straight for honesty. As a PDR Technician, there are just some jobs that you cannot do. It’s always good to stretch your skills to see just how far you can go, but not at the expense of your customer. There are dents that simply cannot be done with PDR Technology. It’s just not possible. So suggesting that you can is not just dishonest but it sets you up for failure.
You don’t have to charm your way to gain new customers, although a little charm would help. You’re not selling snake oil, you’re selling a truly valuable service that you should take great pride in. You don’t need to pour any special sauce, you just need to know your business and know your limitations. Give estimates that speak of the value your service offers. Don’t underbid yourself as customers will see that as a sign of someone who doesn’t value their trade. This creates suspicion. Don’t overbid your services because this just comes off as being full of yourself and your services. Only you can find the middle ground.
Investigate what your competitors are charging for the same services, understand your limitations, and always deal honestly being completely transparent so that your potential customers always know exactly what their getting for their money.
Any questions? Contact us at “Ding King”. We’re here to help.
One of the first questions that a new student or graduated student will want answered is: How much can I make? This is a great question and one that deserves to be answered. This will be the first of several posts that will cover this question and more as it pertains to your goals and how to position yourself for success. First, may I say Congratulations! if you have just graduated. Welcome if you are thinking about signing up for school or are currently taking classes.
It makes no difference really, where you are in your career as long as you doing something positive and taking control of your life by learning a trade that is only just coming into itself. You are on the cutting edge of something so fantastic. In this day and age, there are very few trades that are still at the beginning of its time. You have so many options available to you because of your forward thinking decision.
If you are proactive then you are currently taking classes and may be wondering how soon after graduation you can set up shop. Why wait until you graduate? It is never too soon to get your feet wet. The first thing you will want to get going on is setting up your website. There is absolutely no excuse, in this day and age, for not having a website. As it is now, if you don’t have one, then you can’t be trusted as a true business. During your training with “Ding King”, you will have the benefit of getting ‘Business Development’ training that will go into your website and its necessity further.
Now you need to think of what your Logo will look like, where you will get business cards to hand out and what they should say. Your business cards will probably be the most costly in the beginning but there are many sites that offer these for practically free. We will cover more in following posts. Stick around for more advice.