About Auto Detailing Guide

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So why listen to our advice? To help, we wrote this informative bio about Auto Detail Guide to give you some background on our team.

First, thanks for visiting AutoDetailGuide.com. I want to mention here that this website is a labor of love. This isn’t something that was thrown together by some teenagers that washed a few cars and decided that they were experts at auto detailing. I designed the site to include information that wasn’t available anywhere else when I was starting my own auto detailing business. After 20 years in the detailing industry, I’ve learned many things that I wished I knew back when I started. My goal was to build a place where auto detailers could go to learn, share and improve themselves and their business.

In The Beginning it was Just Me Detailing Cars

I started as a single proprietor detail shop, so in the beginning it was just me detailing cars. I had a great time, but it was hard work. As I grew my business I added employees and a ton of new opportunities opened up. I also found a lot of new headaches to deal with as I increased expenses and the stress of dealing with employees. I made a lot of mistakes, but I learned from each one and it helped me to be a better employer and business owner.

Over Time My Team Grew

My business was growing so fast that it was hard to keep up with the growth. Over time my team grew to keep up with all the new business. There were times when it seemed like I was just adding services to make enough money to pay for the added equipment and employees. That’s when I learned how to cut expenses while making sure I took care of myself and my team. Eventually I added 25 full time detailers and teams handling mobile service rigs, industrial pressure washing, boat detailing and specialty cleaning services.

I Learned How To Build a Solid Business Through Processes

Every business has barriers to entry. Basically this is the cost of starting in that business. Unfortunately auto detailing has a low barrier to entry for many people that can run their businesses out of their garage. If that’s how you want to run a business, so be it. As the saying goes “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. You can work your butt off for an entire year and get wiped out by one “accident”. If you aren’t properly insured, that $60k car in your garage that caught fire will wipe out everything you and your family love. Get water in the engine of a brand new Mercedes and then tell me how good insurance coverage isn’t important. I learned how to build a solid business through processes and systems used by companies many times my size. That’s how I was able to sell my detailing business for such a premium after 20 years of building it.

Design the Business to Run Without You

If you design the business to run without you, then it doesn’t matter if you are there or not. This isn’t just important when you decide to sell the business. It’s a big deal if you want to take a vacation with your family or leave early for your kids soccer game. Without the processes and systems in place to run the business, you are the only thing that keeps everything together. Are you able to take a vacation without shutting your business down? How many customers do you lose during the week or even few days that you shut down to spend time with your family? That’s not a good way to run anything.

Stay Involved in the Industry

I have built a ton of relationships with suppliers, detailers and industry leaders over the past two decades. I write about many of those on the site or in my detailers blog. I included pages on auto detailing equipmentauto detailing suppliesimportant business insurance, training, organization systems and more. The only way you build relationships is to stay in the involved in the industry. Even after selling my detailing shops and mobile rigs to a larger company, I kept my relationships so I could continue helping other detail shop operators in their own businesses.

Techniques That Work For Amateurs

What if you aren’t interested in starting your own auto detailing business?  No problem.  Instead of having you pick-up a high speed buffer, we’ll go another route.  Over the past decade I have developed some great alternatives to many of the “old school” auto detail training methods that detail pro’s use to make cars shine. Essentially I’ve developed techniques that work for amateurs and professionals alike. When I was developing ideas and thinking about Auto Detailing Guide theme’s, I also wanted it to be a place where you could just stop by and get some great tips on detailing your car at home. Check out our Home Auto Detailing Guide Tips and Techniques page and pickup some great new ways to clean faster and better than what you are probably doing now.

Thanks for Stopping By

So thanks again for stopping by and checking out AutoDetailGuide.com. My hope is that you walk away from our site having learned new ways to do things that will increase your profits or efficiency. If you have questions on anything that we haven’t added to the site yet, feel free to send us an email at feedback@autodetailguide.com and we will help out however we can.

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Thanks again for stopping by. We appreciate your interest in Auto Detail Guide and look forward hearing from you soon.

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