Category: Shop Employees

How to Grow an Auto Detailing Business

When you are in the detailing business, you need to make sure that all your bases are covered. You have issues flying at you from everywhere. Employee issues, insurance, taxes, equipment breakdowns, growing the business, marketing, sales, etc., etc. Pretty much a standard day in any entrepreneur’s life, but the difference with the detailing business is that most of the heavy lifting is done by you, the owner.

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Mobile Services

When I think back about how I started my detailing businesses, I did it the “old fashioned” way. By old fashioned I mean I opened my own fixed location shop with overhead, employee’s etc. They say hindsight is 20/20, but if I had to do it all over again I would skip the fixed the shop location and go straight to offering mobile services along with detailing to all my customers.

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Auto Detailing Liability Insurance

One of the most important aspects of running any kind of business is having the right business insurance coverage. Auto Detailing Liability Insurance is no less important. With a detail shop, your insurance requirements are more specific than many other businesses. Mainly because you have care, custody, and control of customer vehicles. Which exposes you to greater liability if you damage a vehicle.

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Mobile Detailing Services

When I think back about how I started my own detailing company I can’t imagine not setting up with mobile detailing services first. If I had to do it over again I would do exactly the same thing. No fixed facility shop, low overhead, no utilities, no property/building insurance, etc. There are just so many positives that I can’t figure out why people get the idea to start a detail shop and don’t consider the mobile detailing services as an option.

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5 Reasons Your 1099 Contractor is Actually Your Employee

I’m going to come right out and say it. 1099 contractors are almost always employees. Almost always is probably shooting low because as far as detail shops and similar businesses, you fail the IRS criteria test probably over 90% of the time. I know this may surprise some of you reading this, but if you didn’t think this was the case you probably wouldn’t be here reading this. I wrote 5 reasons your 1099 contractor is actually your employee to highlight this important compliance subject for small businesses.

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Looming IRS Problems for Small Business

Many detail shops have big problems classifying their employees correctly. Why? Mainly because some shop owners try to save a few bucks on the taxes paid for employees. So they think they can pull a fast one and pay their employees cash under the table. Even worse, some shop owners will tell their workers that they are “independent contractors” and just cut them a check each week. Either way, both methods are illegal. This behavior is the reason there are so many looming IRS problems for small business detail shops in this country. What’s worse is you hurt the people working for you. And you make the entire industry look like fly by night operators when you get caught.

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