My business The owner of the car wash told how he started his business.

I graduated from the Economics and Law College and got a job as a dispatcher in one of the private companies. And somehow, I quickly realized that working for someone was not a good idea. An employee can never earn as much as he wants. He will always earn as much as his employer will be willing to pay.

I was well aware that my own business involves more responsibility. Moreover, a positive result does not always depend only on yourself. You can do everything correctly, invest money and energy in the development of your business, but there will be no profit.

Nobody borrowed money

I saw my business only in the automotive field. Cars attracted me from my youth.

At first, I spent a short time selling used spare parts. The income was not bad, but in this case there were shortcomings with which it was difficult for me to put up. These are dirty clothes, and hands are constantly in fuel oil. Therefore, I began to think how to combine my two passions – cars and cleanliness. The choice was obvious – open the car wash.

In total, it took about 5 thousand dollars to start a business. I did not borrow money from anyone – not from my relatives or from banks. Enough savings that accumulated from the sale of auto parts.

A year and a half he washed cars

I am the owner of a car wash for two years. During this time, I learned all the problems and difficulties that arise when you work for yourself. The equipment failed – you need to pay for its repair from your pocket. 500 dollars is the maximum amount I have ever paid for new parts.

Another difficulty is the search for workers. The frame turnover is endless. The reasons for this are incomprehensible to me. The first one and a half years after the opening of the car wash, I washed the cars myself, so I know perfectly well that there is nothing complicated about it. I personally was much more unpleasant about messing with dirty parts.

The plans – a room for a car wash

For now it’s hard for me to say whether owning a car wash can be called a profitable business. There are months when you generally work “to zero”, and sometimes you manage to make good money. While my maximum is 2 thousand dollars. The bulk of this money I spent on redecorating the car wash, buying new and higher quality car chemicals.

Plans for the future – to develop further. The main goal – the acquisition or construction of its own premises under the car wash.

About how we open a tire workshop.

About a year ago we decided to expand our business – we opened a tire fitting shop. This idea was born in the process of our joint work. We regularly “drove” our cars to other workshops. And in order not to pay a lot of money for repairs, they created their own tire repair shop.

First, of course, we studied the demand for this service in our region. As a result, they came to the conclusion that it is quite in demand, and there are not that many places where it is provided. In addition, we decided that we will serve not only cars, but also trucks, as well as special equipment. Thus, we have reduced our list of competitors.

Expected to spend much less

The first thing was to find a suitable room. We needed not just boxes for repairing cars, we also needed a large area in front of them: we planned to repair large cars. Soon we found a suitable option. For renting the premises we pay 500 dollars a month.

On equipment workshop took almost 30 thousand dollars, although initially expected to spend at times less. But, as often happens, the purchase of a single device entails the need to purchase some additional devices.

We initially decided not to get involved with loans. We invested our own money in the business, which by that time had time to make money on cargo transportation.
although it was considered as a source of very fast money, if there was an unexpected lack of money in it

When we first opened, the question arose: where to find customers and how to attract them to us? We chose the simplest option – we sat in a car with a partner and drove in different directions of the district to “tell about ourselves”. First of all, of course, we relied on our potential customers – agricultural organizations and enterprises that have trucks and special equipment in the fleet. Gradually, such trips began to bear fruit. Now practically all agricultural enterprises in our region cooperate with us, sometimes special equipment even comes from neighboring areas.

The first few months we worked “to zero.” Now our car service makes a profit, but the moment when we can return all the money invested in it is still very far away.
They gave themselves the installation – to take on any job.

Working with trucks is much more difficult than with cars. At first, sometimes it happened that they brought a car with a broken wheel to us and said that it was necessary to repair it by morning, and we had no idea how and what to do. But since from the very beginning they gave themselves an installation – they did not refuse to undertake any work, they did not refuse from one order. It happened that after the client left, we sat down and searched the Internet for tips on how to fix this or that damage.

Gradually gained experience and now we eliminate any defects with ease, learned how to repair and change wheels of any size and for any equipment.

make money by drawing cartoons and making albums

I am 30 years old. And as far as I can remember, I draw, although there are no artists in my family. At one time I even graduated from art school, but I never considered drawing a way to make money. For me, this is rather a hobby, a way of spiritual enrichment, and not work.

Now I work as a merchandiser. I love my job because I am quite an active person and she does not let me sit still. In my free time I paint.

About hobby cartoons

About seven years ago I began to get involved in portraits in the style of popart and cartoons. Drew them as a gift to friends and relatives. And then word of mouth worked: friends told their friends, someone just accidentally saw my work on the Internet. As a result, at some point I realized that people appreciated my work and are ready to pay for it, and began to accept orders. For me, cartoons are like solving a crossword puzzle for some or building a puzzle. I see a person’s face, learn about his habits, work, favorite things, hobbies or dreams, and with the help of colors I put together a kind of puzzle on paper.

It all starts with communication with the client. We are talking about the person you want to draw. In conversation and the concept of a cartoon is born. Sometimes customers call such little things that the picture is folded by itself. Well, very important photos and how they reflect the essence of the one who is depicted on them.

About the first cartoon

The first person I painted was the director from my first job – at that time I was a bartender. Colleagues decided that the cartoon will be a great gift by February 23. For me it was very exciting: the first cartoon to order, and even for the chief! We thought over the idea for a long time, and for a long time I gathered my strength, but in the end everything turned out perfectly. Cartoon boss really liked. And I earned, albeit a purely symbolic amount.

At first, only patience and a little bit of courage were needed to develop their business. Brushes and paints were already at hand. Costs started later when I decided to develop myself and grow my business.

Once I wanted to make a baby book as a gift to a friend (a book-album in which parents can record all the important stages of a child’s development). It turned out to be so fascinating that I wanted to develop in this direction. I began to attend courses, trainings and in the process create new handmade items for myself.

About customers and their wishes

My customers are different people. Different gender, age and social status. In 90% of cases they turn to me to make a gift. Painted circles and T-shirts, cartoons and photo boxes (photo album box for storing photos) are in the greatest demand. Mugs and T-shirts with a pair of patterns are ordered as a gift to the newlyweds, caricatures are often ordered to a manager or colleague.

About favorite and unusual orders

Several times I was asked to paint the car, but I refused: for this you need to work in a special drawing technique, which I do not own. Once I had to paint the walls of a children’s room with images of heroes from the cartoon “Madagascar”. It was very interesting, and I and my clients were satisfied with the result.

It is difficult to single out one favorite order. But most of all I love to draw children. They are always so sincere and emotional! I have a customer with whom I have already drawn the whole family. When a person returns for another order for their loved ones, it is especially valuable for me. It seems that I personally know each member of the family.