I've been doing this part time since 1995. The extra bucks are too good to pass up. I've been teetering on the brink of wanting to go full time, but then, I've got a good, steady job in the computer biz, which has adequately paid the bills for sixteen years.
My thoughts have been that alot of powerwashing work could disappear if the economy in this country goes further south. Some things could probably wait to be cleaned, at least in the minds of wary consumers.
I've been at near capacity of what myself and three part-time helpers can handle. The next step is to invest in another trailer rig, and get it out full time. It is a big expenditure, and there is no turning back. So for now, I'll keep at it part time, and at least have an ace-in-the-hole.
Have been at it full time for over 10 years now. You really have to be dedicated to working hard all summer and banking money for the cold that winter inevitably brings- we still stay busy with our fleet washing but there are times when it just can't be done.
My question here would be what determines if your fulltime or part time? Is it the amount of hours you put in on average per week? Does it mean if this is your only source of income then it makes it fulltime? Can you you have another job and still consider this Fulltime if you are doing it 5+days a week?
I don't know how I could answer this because I do have another Job and I still put in 4-7 days a week doing this. I guess I have two fulltime jobs. What a bummer. Or is it?
I do this part time as for insurance benifits that I have talked about before. Would some of you full time people elaberate on what your main source of income is from. PPPPPPllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaassssssssseeeeeeee.
I started part time last year and business picked up so much early this past spring so I jumped full time. Not a smart move, about 6 weeks ago I finished my last job and have not had a call since. Advertising has just about left nothing in my pockets. I sent out flyers and got 1 response for cleaning a store front every other month. Things just haven't went well so I had to get another job installing satalite dishes. I'm still trying to get jobs but they aren't coming in like they did last year.
As a matter of fact,My 6th year anniversary comes up on sept.20 I did my first deck on this date in 1995 but I did research for at least a year before this and started advertising probably in august 1995 .I actually did not go full time until may 1996,but I can tell you I will never work for anyone else for as long as I live!!!!
With the experience I have gained I could start a business in any field I feel comfortable in and probably be successful.
Been it the business for 7 years 5 years full time. When people start out on a business adventure, I feel they should do it part-time first. Make some mistakes and see if you can handle the pressure of running a business. I live in Wisconsin I have seven months of making enough money to carry me the whole year. It was rough the first couple of years when i went full time. With a wonderfull wife and children (God Bless Them) we have seen an increase in business every year. My secret is the only competion is myself I determine if I will succeed or fail.
Jumped in full-time head first and have not looked back since!
But I did spend many months studying, talking and learning about things.
I had worked with wood quite a bit, so was o.k. with the do's and dont's of decks and fences.
Grabbed my first washer and learned how to clean vinyl at home.
And pretty much have picked up roofs, driveways, etc. along the way...no regrets yet!
(actually there is one...I sold my first truck a couple of moths ago, and really miss it due to sentimental reasons)
This is a part time job ,joined in a partnership 2 years ago with my Sgt. and have bought out his business when he retired.the money is good in warmer months havent had a call in 6 weeks .but i plan on marketing heavily in the spring cleaning roofs as i have not seen anyone else doing so .So for the winter ill just be content dealing with my full time job. A quick thanks to the people on this site ,ive learned a ton of info!
I PUT MYSELF THROUGH FIRE SCHOOL IN 93-94 WASHING FULL TIME. I GOT A FULL TIME POSTION IN 96 AND HAVE BEEN WASHING HOUSES ON MY DAYS OFF EVER SINCE. I GENERALLY WORK 3 TO 4 FULL DAYS DURING THE WEEK, DEPENDING ON BUSINESS. I CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH IS MY FULL TIME JOB ANYMORE. THIS YEAR I MADE MORE WASHING THAN FIGHTING FIRE, BUT I WOULDN'T QUIT THE FIRE DEPT FOR A MILLION $$$. :burn: http://www.softwashing.com