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    Re: Starting a part time detailing business

    Add to your list.

    Form a LLC.
    Get business insurance.
    Get a Pa Tax number for your business.

    Then your home and family should be protected.

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    Re: Starting a part time detailing business

    Quote Originally Posted by Astouffer512 View Post
    Interior only. Didn’t know if it could be helpful when trying to find a way to get to some carpet stains more easily


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    I have not had an issue getting everywhere without one, yet. I use a carpet brush (like this one https://www.autopia-carcare.com/low-...ire-brush.html ) for all carpets and floormats, and have craft sticks (or popsicle sticks), a rubber brush for pet hair, and several small brushes for tight areas.

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    Re: Starting a part time detailing business

    Quote Originally Posted by kevk View Post
    Add to your list.

    Form a LLC.
    Get business insurance.
    Get a Pa Tax number for your business.

    Then your home and family should be protected.
    Planning on going about this the legal way so a PA tax number will be obtained. I also plan on talking to my I insurance company about additional insurance needed.

    For the type of business to form....I haven’t decided if it will be a LLC or a DBA


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    Re: Starting a part time detailing business

    I want to talk polishing pads.....how do you guys who are in the business factor in the price of your polishing pads for a detail?


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    Re: Starting a part time detailing business

    Quote Originally Posted by Astouffer512 View Post
    Planning on going about this the legal way so a PA tax number will be obtained. I also plan on talking to my I insurance company about additional insurance needed.

    For the type of business to form....I haven’t decided if it will be a LLC or a DBA
    When you say "insurance company" I assume you mean car insurance. Not all car insurance companies have business insurance. You might want to talk with the Better Business Bureau for suggestions who could underwrite a policy for your detailing enterprise. I assume you will need to be a registered business with your state and local governments AND have obtained the necessary licenses or permits from said government agencies as they apply to your local before applying for business insurance.

    Also, by registering as a business, regardless of the legal entity you will use, you will need to file quarterly income tax reports from your earnings with federal and state departments of revenue as well as paying BOTH halves of your FICA (Social Security) taxes, since you are self-employed.
    Quick Books is great book-keeping program to help you keep track of this.

    If you are fortunate enough in the area where you live, you might be able to find a Start-up Business Association who can mentor you on all the ins-and-outs on starting and running a business. This is especially true of any legal help or questions you may have.

    You are beginning to discover why legitimate detailing business charge as they do. There are a lot of "overhead business cost" that seem hidden to the average person who uses that service and business.

    Another thing, though, that many feel in America is `wrong" is all the "tax breaks" that businesses get and things that they are allowed to deduct or write off for their business taxes. A good example may be mileage traveled and value depreciation for a vehicle used in that business or professional development expenses, like going to a detailing seminar, that would help your business. I say this because starting a business is expensive and entrepreneurs take huge financial risks. "Tax breaks" are part of the reward for the willingness to taking on those risks and a "fringe benefit" for all the work it takes to keep a business viable.
    GB detailer

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    Re: Starting a part time detailing business

    Forming an LLC will cost some money but if you plan on doing this as a real means of making money being a sole proprietor LLC can have some advantages. You really need to talk to a CPA.

 

 
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