I started my business in 2009 with no experience and borrowed money from my mom to buy my first washer ( which is still in service to this day). We washed anything and everything and took the first year to really consider all the different services that can be offered with a power washer. I used to say I'd wash a dog if it will sit still and someone will write a check. That first year was also never supposed to last either. My wash company was supposed to merely be a stepping stone until I could really figure out what I wanted to do. I really wasn't interested in power washing at all, but knew it was a skill I could develop until I could figure out the next step. After the first year losing my ass but experiencing entrepreneurship for the first time I thought that was cool’ let's take it for another spin. I sat down and objectively looked at all the metrics I had. which services were profitable and which ones weren't. what did I like doing and what was less pleasant. I decided fleet washing would be our future as I preferred the fast pace production mindset and lets be honest, there isn't much else you can do in power washing with a foot of snow on the ground in January. I also preferred the recurring B2B sales that seemed much more predictable in the long term. I studied all the information available at the time, most of which was on old BB style forums. Over the next few years we built our business growing 100% per year or more. We made more mistakes than most people will admit but it was always with the mentality that you can never lose, you can only win, or learn. Everything from over or under staffed, customers and sites over our heads, overextended financially, catastrophic equipment failures, customer dramas, employee drama and everything else you can think of. We went through all of it at one point of another.
Our FWA Conference is my favorite thing we do with the Fleet Wash Academy. It's a great time of year to leave the snowy cold north and head to the gulf coast of florida, but more importantly it's a tremendous way to share experience and knowledge with those that need it. We hire the best experts in every aspect of running a fleet washing business and really help build a community of like minded fleet washers. This event has the greatest impact of anything we do.