Kickstart Your Pressure Washing Business with These Expert Tips

What is up, everybody! My name is Justin, and this is Forever Self-Employed. In today's video, we're diving into a new series where I review some of my older jobs and answer your questions. Specifically, we'll talk about how to get your first pressure washing job. But before we jump in, I want to mention a fantastic resource: the SESW Softwash 101 Class. If you're serious about starting your pressure washing business or taking it to the next level, this class is a must. Now, let's get into it!

How to Get Your First Pressure Washing Job

I got a comment from Miguel saying, "I really want to start this, but I can't muster up the courage to get out there and do work for someone. I'm worried about doing a bad job. Any tips?"

Step 1: Leverage Friends and Family

The first step is to leverage your inner circle. Reach out to friends and family who might need pressure washing services. This approach helps in several ways:

  • Practice: Test your equipment and chemicals (e.g., SH, surfactant, rust remover).
  • Experience: Get comfortable with the processes and timing of jobs.
  • Portfolio: Collect before and after pictures to showcase your work.

Step 2: Build Confidence and Skills

By starting with friends and family, you can take your time and reduce the pressure. You’re learning, so it’s okay to make mistakes. Use this phase to:

  • Test different chemicals and techniques.
  • Understand how much time each job takes.
  • Develop a pricing strategy based on your efficiency.

Step 3: Offer Services for Free

Initially, consider doing some jobs for free or let the customer name their price. This helps you gain experience and build trust in your skills without the pressure of a paid job.

Step 4: Establish a Minimum Charge

Once you gain confidence, set a minimum charge for your services. For example, a $150 or $200 minimum ensures you’re compensated fairly for your time and effort.

Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Let's discuss some mistakes I made on a job to help you avoid them:

Mistake 1: Not Using a Surface Cleaner

In my early days, I was still wand washing. Investing in a surface cleaner can make jobs quicker and more efficient.

Mistake 2: Not Charging a Minimum Fee

I took on a small sidewalk job without a minimum fee, resulting in more work for less pay. Always set a minimum charge to avoid this issue.

Mistake 3: Poor Marketing Follow-Up

I passed out flyers but didn’t follow up effectively. Ensure your marketing materials reach potential customers and consider multiple touches in the same neighborhood.

Learn from the Pros: SESW Softwash 101 Class

To take your pressure washing skills to the next level, check out the SESW Softwash 101 Class. This course offers professional insights and techniques that can significantly enhance your business operations. Whether you're a beginner or looking to refine your skills, this class provides valuable knowledge to help you succeed.

Final Thoughts

Starting your pressure washing business can be daunting, but by leveraging your network and learning from early mistakes, you can build confidence and expertise. Remember, practice makes perfect, and every job is an opportunity to improve.

If you found this video helpful, leave a like, and if you have any questions, drop them in the comments below. I’ll be answering your questions in this series. And don’t forget, the word of the day is "take action." If this is something you really want to do, take that first step today.

Check out the first link in the comment section and the description for more resources, including essential equipment, CRM tools, and insurance options. And most importantly, consider enrolling in the SESW Softwash 101 Class to give your business a professional edge.

Until next time, keep hustling and get that money, baby. Peace!

By following these steps and utilizing professional resources like the SESW Softwash 101 Class, you can confidently launch and grow your pressure washing business. Happy washing!

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