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How hard and how much do you think it would take to start a valeting business, im really considering it because of being redundent for soo long and the lack of jobs in my area.
 

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Well you want to start small in case it all goes tits up. So buy some kit, advertise a bit and see what happens. You can get free advice on starting up a small business. Think you have to VAT register and all that, but in the very beginning you could just get on with it.
 

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Cheers tom for the advice, ill go down the citizans advice and see if they can help aswell.

I hate that word VAT:(
 

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Yep, get the info. Do you know enough people who you could do work for? For cash. Word of mouth and all that until things pick up. I guess that there are tax breaks for small companies. Try a google search for "staring small business".
 

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you dont need to vat register until you have revenue above and beyond approx 50-55k per annum

other than that keep records etc and make sure you dont go mamaries skywards
 

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Try contacting business link, they offered me lots of advice when starting my business and don't bother with all the crap the banks offer cause I listened to what they said and tbh it did not help matters especially when I was starting out.

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Like others have said start out small and get the feel of the market and make sure you do loads of research into competitors and how they work and what made them successful etc.

Anything can be made to work but as with all small businesses you get from it what you put in.
 

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Up here we have the Small Business Gateway I'm sure there will be a similar programme wherever you stay. There is lots of useful stuff on there site too

You dont need to VAT register if your Revenue is less than £54k

If you need any help on any specific topics mate post on here or send us an email, got loads of advice I could offer ya. I'm in the final year of a Business degree @ Uni and I worked as a Valeter for 2.5 years. The company eventually went bust and some of me old mates started up themselves with varying degrees of success
 

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I am in a similar situation.

Although I am trying to set up a garage of some form, a renault specialist seems like a good idea to me. Don't worry I may degrade myself and work on Vauxhalls! Only kidding :)

At the moment I get an occasional phone call to lower a torsion bar or fix something wrong with a motor I would get a lot more if I had proper premises which would allow me to get more tools.

The SBG site that Scotty posted a link to is quite good. Thats who I have to go and see. I am hoping the princes trust is gonna feel sorry for me and gimme a helping hand, otherwise I have no chance (4 quid over 2 bank accounts! lol).

Becoming a mobile valet ain't hard. Get a van, write along the side 'stereo rob mobile valeting' (or whatever) and drive about people will notice and you can get annoying and print off ads on the pc and stick them under window wipers. I know people who have done this sort of thing and some have become pretty successful.

Main costs are the materials to start up, the mobile petrol power washers for example with their own tank start around 500 quid, then theres yer sponges, chamis, polishes and degreasers and stuff.

A good place to get business is industrial estates etc. You can offer the full works or just a quick wash, theres a guy at the local Tesco who does a quick wash, has done for years, even in the pissing rains hes there and theres always a Q of cars waiting for a wash.

Good luck and sorry for the long post!

Chris
 

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Your Local Careers advice centre will have the names of all the places you can get cash for nothing from - Like the PRINCES TRUST.

Small Businesses get :
Grants,
Free Internet Access,
Free Advice.
Free Short "Courses" on: how to advertise for nothing. how to claim your car and a room in your house as a business expence. etc.
Also some advice about who to sell to

Car Dealers Nope - They know the cost.
General Manager of a Dentist Supply Company who has a Porche, but can't be bothered to wait in line at the jet wash. YES !

A bloke comes to where I work and cleans all the company cars once every 3 weeks. God knows he does a good job. But they pay him well !

Ps not to be confused with job centre - they hate each other !
 

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Like I said I worked as a static and mobile valeter for 2.5 years, if you need any advice or have any questions needing answering feel free to ask:)
 

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Like I said I worked as a static and mobile valeter for 2.5 years, if you need any advice or have any questions needing answering feel free to ask
Is it a daft line of work to be in?
 

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Daft? In what way?

Its hard graft and can be physically demanding but I enjoyed it, getting to work on all sorts of cars, seeing Porches, BMW's, Mercs, Jags etc clean was very rewarding

Have you had any experience of working as a valeter before?
 
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