Starting an Aircraft Washing Business

So you love airplanes and you want to start an aircraft washing service? I cannot blame you, as I did the same thing. After cleaning Thousands of aircraft over the years, I have paid for my flight school, first aircraft and then started an aircraft washing franchise as a module of another franchising company I had founded. Named the Aircraft Wash Guys we learned early on what it takes to satisfy aircraft owners, FBOs Fixed Based Operators and Chief Pilots. We always specialized in washing and polishing aircraft. We’ve cleaned thousands of private planes, corporate jets, flying clubs, flight schools and helicopters. My Car Wash Guys company was originally founded over twenty years ago and started as an aircraft washing service.

As you know, aviation people are serious about flying and a clean plane makes flying more fun and enjoyable. Corporate Aviators need you to maintain their positive image. When in the aircraft washing business you will not only wash exteriors of planes, you must also have carpet-cleaning capabilities. Many of our crewmembers are also private pilots and it pays to have pilots as part of your employee team. To learn more about aircraft washing, I have put some additional ideas online to assist you.

We have always kept our prices low and gone for volume, you may wish to do this or charge the going rate. Our rates are at the lower end of the spectrum and this will give you a good starting point on pricing.

Single Engines $20.00-45.00 wash, waxing $60.00-140.00, weekly wash $20.00;

Twin Engines $45.00-90.00 wash, waxing $90.00-240.00, weekly wash $40.00; Corporate Jets $90.00-140.00 wash, waxing $180.00-400.00, weekly wash $80.00;

Helicopters $30.00-100.00 wash, waxing $45.00-180.00, weekly wash $30.00. Carpet Shampooing, Bright Work and Aluminum Polishing, etc. generally we will give the customers free estimates.

You will need to perform these services the customer’s schedule and usually accommodate, immediate services, day or night, evenings and weekends. Customizing your services with the customer’s requirements must become your specialty. You will also need the following things:

Two Million in Liability Insurance

Quiet Machines and Professional Crews in Uniform

Monthly Invoice by “N”-Number

Water Reclamation Device Onboard, EPA Compliant

Truck or Trailer Mounted Unit, Fully Self Contained, Painted Safety Yellow

Owning an Aircraft Washing Service small business can be quite rewarding and although hard work, it can be an extension of your flying hobby. Just think getting paid to wash some of the latest and greatest aircraft and hanging out at the airport all day? And yes, they will even pay you very well for doing just that. Think on this.

Starting a Lawn Care Business During a Recession

At a time when jobs are in short supply, starting a lawn care business may seem like an alternative to those who have been laid off or who cannot find work with reasonable compensation.

This article will offer advice to those thinking of starting a lawn care business during an economic slowdown and discuss the statement that lawn care is a recession proof industry.

To say that the lawn care industry is recession proof is partially true because households using the services of lawn care professionals usually have above average, disposable incomes and are therefore not hit so hard during tough economic times.

However the ‘middle class’ market still makes up a sizable component of the overall market for lawn care services and the middle class is known to cut spending considerably during recessions.

It is true that lawns still have to be mowed no matter how bad the economy gets. However it is still common to see some households cutting back on unessential expenses like lawn care and possibly taking care of it themselves or having lawn care contractors mow their lawns less frequently. The lawn care market is so big though that even during tough economic times there is still a solid base of customers who would never dream of mowing their own lawns.

For those having trouble finding work during a recession a lawn care business is a great way to earn an income to get by. If you start your business during or near the end of a recession you will be well position to expand when the economy starts to recover.

Potential businessmen are hesitant to invest money into a new venture during a recession and may have trouble getting capital together. However in the lawn care business start up costs for a small operation are low. A Lawn care business therefore represents an opportunity with less financial risk involved compared to other small businesses.

Try to evaluate economic conditions within the area that you intend to target your clients as opposed to nationally. Some areas feel a recession harder than others. It is a fact that households in some wealthier neighborhoods won’t make any changes to their spending habits during a recession and these are the kinds of areas that you want to target.

The latest economic crisis has seen no relief in oil prices and anyone wanting to enter the lawn care business should have a plan in place to be as efficient as possible with fuel consumption (for both equipment and vehicle requirements).

So far, during the current 2008 downturn lawn care has been surprisingly resilient to the reduction in overall consumer spending. If you proceed carefully and cautiously and don’t over invest then a lawn care business is one of the few businesses that you can consider starting during an economic downturn or recession.