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Franchise Help Interviews the First Ever Eco-Friendly Car Wash Franchise

DetailXperts Franchise

FranchiseHelp speaks with Angela Williams, founder of DetailXPerts, the first eco-friendly steam cleaning car wash franchises in the world. In addition to its guarantee towards eco-friendly resources, the DetailXPerts franchise is known to specialize in professionaldetailing and quality services.In this one-on-one interview, Williams reveals to readers how her innovative automotive franchises are racing on the track towards success.

How do you see franchise opportunities as an advantage when compared to starting a business from scratch?

80% of business owners fail because they don’t have the skill set, education, orexperience to run a successful business. DetailXPerts provides franchisees with thetraining, support, and marketing that they need to start and run a successful business. As the first franchise to implement this type of car wash concept, we’ve spent a greatdeal of money and time developing this system and are confident that our efforts will lead to further growth in our franchise.

How much overhead and capital is needed to start a mobile detailing service with the technology that you have?

The net worth requirement for starting a mobile detailing service is $60,000 for a single unit and $150,000 for multi-unit. The liquid capital requirement is $20,000 for a single unit and $100,000 for multi-unit.A prospective franchisee should either have approximately six months worth of expenses saved up or a second income to pay for these expenses while business is ramping up.

How does someone with no prior experience become educated enough to run this business? Are they at higher risk than someone who has worked in this business for a long time?

Our robust training program is designed to help new entrepreneurs succeed. We provide them with training sales and marketing as well as business management. In addition, contrary to popular belief, people with no prior experience are often a better match for our franchisesystem because they are generally more teachable and open to new ideas.

Car washes are often cash businesses. As a franchisee, how do you protect yourself from tax implications that might occur if franchisees do not report all of their earnings?

Each franchisee is responsible for their own taxes. Franchisees are recommended to consult with a CPA (Certified public accountant) before entering the DetailXPerts franchise. Right now, we are also looking to implement additional management tools to help franchisees maintain better financial control.

DetailXPerts is a very innovative car wash. Is it more expensive to operate and setup than a normal car wash franchise?

Operating a DetailXPerts franchise actually less expensive than operating a typical car wash franchise. Most car wash franchises cost $250,000 to$1,000,000 (including stationary structure).

How do you educate the consumer about your commitment to the environment?

We educate consumers about our environmental commitment each time we perform detailing services. Seminars, Webinars, emails and publications are also offered for employees and community organizations.

Are any of your competitors worried about the "triple bottom line", people, planet and profit?

Yes, our competitors are constantly looking for ways to compete with our business.

Care to share a success story from an owner of one of your franchises?

Alicia Trotter is a 20 year old woman that was awarded a DetailXPert franchise 12 months ago. Both her father and mother had been recently laid off. But with the help of our franchise, she was able to open up her own eco-friendly auto detail shop. Now, she has her own business, and her parents are financially stable.

Franchise Financing Options

Recently I've received a few questions from our users about what their options are when it comes to financing their franchise. So I figured it might be a good idea to put together a quick post outlining some of the options out there for financing your new franchise.

Complying with the FTC Franchise Rule for the FDD - What You Need to Know

Jesse: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the FranchiseHelp, Inc. Understanding the FDD for Franchisors Conference Call. During the participation, all participants will be in a listen only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a question and answer session. If you have a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. Your line will be briefly accessed from the conference to obtain the information. If at any time during the conference you need to reach an operator, please press star zero. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Wednesday, May 7th, 2008.

The Top 10 Most Famous Franchise Founders of All Time

Fearing the debate would never end (and with our coffee running out), the staff finally settled on the following (admittedly unscientific) criteria: size and longevity of operation, visibility of brand, and -- quite honestly -- how compelling we found the founder's success story. If our internal discussion about this list serves as any indication, many readers will feel we snubbed their favorite franchise founder (and someone on our staff will probably agree). So, if you think we missed someone, leave a comment below, and let the debate begin!