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    Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    Why do some (potential customers) frown upon the guy that works from home, as if you are not PROFESSIONAL or that you should should work for cheap.

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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    Perhaps it's the general mentality that people have toward "professionals" that work from home? They just don't feel they're good. Maybe not trustworthy?

    Would you see a dentist/doctor that practiced out of his home?
    Would you take a dog to a hom-based vet?
    Accountant? Lawyer?

    My tax guy works from a small "office" in his driveway.
    Until she needed surgery, the family dog was treated by a home based vet (she was mobile as well)
    My most trusted mechanic works out of his garage.

    My own detailing is done from home/ mobile.

    While I may not have issues with home/garage based business, I think many people do.

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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    Apple was started in a garage, Underarmor in the founder’s grandmother’s basement...
    Anything in life worth doing is worth over doing, moderation is for cowards

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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    I've never had a customer walk away because I'm home-based. Then most all of my work is word of mouth and referral so they know ahead of time. The only reason I've had some quotes not come through is they were expecting me to quote them super low pricing for my work.

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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    Great question. I detail from home part-time(seasonal here in the upper Midwest). Just a couple of things I focus on...

    1) I keep my personal vehicle clean and swirl-free so I can show the customer when they arrive "...take a look at my old(2003) daily driver" and they go "that looks good."

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    2) Keep your garage neat and organized as it gives the appearance that you are truly 'detail' oriented. I don't know anyone who'd bring their vehicle somewhere to get detailed and the place is a mess.

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    3) Spend some money on good lighting and a banner or two with your logo on it. You'll spend a little money but you'll make money in the long run.

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    I believe you can look like a pro even if you're working from home. If you do quality work, so much the better.

    David
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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    Quote Originally Posted by JustJesus View Post
    Perhaps it's the general mentality that people have toward "professionals" that work from home? They just don't feel they're good. Maybe not trustworthy?

    Would you see a dentist/doctor that practiced out of his home?
    Would you take a dog to a hom-based vet?
    Accountant? Lawyer?

    My tax guy works from a small "office" in his driveway.
    Until she needed surgery, the family dog was treated by a home based vet (she was mobile as well)
    My most trusted mechanic works out of his garage.

    My own detailing is done from home/ mobile.

    While I may not have issues with home/garage based business, I think many people do.
    My best friend in high school, his dad was a dentist with his office attached to his house. I was at boarding school and over his house for the weekend. I got a 104 temp and was sick as heck and it turned out to be a tooth issue, he performed a root canal, gave me antibiotics and I was fine in a couple days. Thankfully he had a home based business.

    Another friend of mines dad made over $200,000k a year as an accountant, his office was at home.
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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    I personally don’t really care where someone operates out of, as long as they are professional and do good work.

    I mean, what is really the difference between a shop location and a garage attached to your house? Other than maybe size, it’s the exact same thing. If you had a reasonably sized detached garage on your property that you utilized as a shop.. is that not professional?

    Where exactly would you even “draw the line” is what I wonder in regards to this.

    Maybe the atmosphere of being in a shopping center or industrial type area gives the impression of “oh wow, look at all these big businesses around here - clearly this guy is a hot shot.”

    I figure Mike Phillips is probably a solid example of how it could play out in someone’s head. All things being equal; if you were to pull up to the AG garage to have him work on your car or brought it to him at home.. I’d say it’s not unreasonable to assume most would feel the AG garage puts off a lot more of a professional vibe no matter how nice his set up at home would be.


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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    It's all in your marketing pitch: "We work from home to keep our overhead costs low, so we can pass the savings onto you!"

    You guy's / gal's can feel free to use that anytime.

    Paul_G www.lsnautodetail.com IDA CD-SV

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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    Quote Originally Posted by 215Detailing View Post
    as if you are not PROFESSIONAL or that you should should work for cheap.
    I don’t really think to much about the working from home thing... If anything, I tend to think more about not having a foam cannon/power washer and your own water supply making a big impact on how “professional” you appear to potential customers. I’ve had times where I’ve been on the phone with potential customers and they ask if I have my own water tank and it’s not a great feeling having to say no..

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    Re: Working from home (garage/driveway) detailing & paint correction

    Never had an issue.

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