When I first knew I wanted to go into business, there were times when I still felt insecure about myself and my capabilities. The responsibilities that I had to take and all the problems that needed to be solved, they all affected me in a deeper sense. I am just so thankful that in the midst of it all, I survived it because of the amazing support system that I had around me.
One of my true inspirations came from reading the non-fiction book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. If you want to be inspired, look it up and read it for yourself.
BLURB: Personal finance author and lecturer Robert T. Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective from two very different influences – his two fathers. One father (Robert’s real father) was a highly educated man but fiscally poor. The other father was the father of Robert’s best friend – that Dad was an eighth-grade drop-out who became a self-made multi-millionaire. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his poor dad pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his rich dad. Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retire at 47.
“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
Hey guys! Nathan here. I know it’s been two years since I last updated this blog and I humbly apologize. Things got real crazy ever since my car wash business took off. I initially thought I’d have at least a bit of time to blog here and there but I truly didn’t have the luxury of time. But now that my business is in its second year, I can say that I can actually breathe for a while. Not to mention I’ll have time to post here regularly, or at least a post or two.
Anyway, I’ll have a longer post next time but I just really wanted to tell you guys that I’m back to blogging. Please check back in a few days for more updates.
A few months ago, I opened a car wash business. At first I treated this as something that I can do on the side that can generate me a little beer money. Little did I know that it was going to boom. What started as an operation wherein I expected 5 to 6 cars per day is now a business that briskly goes through 10 to 15 cars on a bad day. In fact, I had one weekend a few weeks ago that resulted to my business cleaning thirty-eight cars. How awesome is that? In fact, one of the best thing about this car wash business is that it was something that did not require a huge capital outlay. This was one of the main reasons why I chose to put up this business.
The only problem that I have right now with regards to the car wash business is the fact that it requires a lot hands on administration in order to function efficiently. Because of this, I am no longer able to blog about anything on a regular basis. I have to prioritize my business first because I am planning to make grow and sustain a regular profit making operation. In fact, I can actually foresee that this car wash business may be my future main source of income.
I’m on site now almost every day of the week. I practically live there already. I want to make sure that everything about this business is working fine. Because of this, I’m the first one in and the last one out. Because of this, I’ll be only using the computer and the internet to manage and promote the business. I no longer have time for maintaining this blog.
I do plan to eventually pick up the reigns and blog again. However, I just cannot do it right now. In fact, when I finally perfect the operation of my car wash business, I may be able to have a lot of free time that I can devote to my other endeavors like blogging. So check back here in a few months as I may have some new content by then.
It’s been more than a month since I blogged about the opening of our car wash business. I must say, it has been quite a success, especially for Jim’s neighbor and the kids at school. It’s just nice to see that most of the guys dedicated most of their time to this. We have decided that 20% of the month’s proceedings will go to our funds and the other 80% to our treadmill. I’m happy to say that we are almost there! We can reach up to 20 cars a week, hence we earn more or less $200 a week times a month. The amount of it almost reached the half of what the treadmill costs. I already have the machine reserved and paid in advance the $1200 me, Chris and Jim had. Only a few more weeks to go and hello treadmill. Now, whoever said that washing cars won’t get you anywhere? LOL!
Mark this day – February 17th – a very momentous day for our group. This is the official day that our car wash service center has been opened! Jim has graciously volunteered their family’s own garage for our business. Most of the guys advertised, rather passed through word of mouth that our business will open today and first five customers gets 50% off.
We all decided to charge $10 per wash since its tough washing car from underneath. Plus, the wash comes with a free wax coat after, making the car look brand new. Thank God our customers found our prices reasonable. Well if you think about it, why wouldn’t they be okay with it since they have their own driver’s lounge while waiting for their car to get cleaned?
Free wax cleaning plus a lounge – nope that’s not all. All our customers also got a free glass of lemonade. Jim’s parents are awfully generous to let us use their own home for this. They agreed since they are out of town most of the time for business and they say this is better than Jim throwing wild parties. Makes sense to me. Well, I better get back to work! Washy washy wish wish wash – go caaaaar waaaaash!!!
During our weekly hang out with the guys, I kind of mentioned that the three of us have opted to look for a used treadmill instead. Most of them said I was a bad idea to look buy a used treadmill since maintenance will cost us more, than compared to buying a brand new treadmill. We told them that we are short in cash for a new unit and could only afford used ones. The whole gang came up with the idea to have a fundraiser so that we could buy a decent treadmill. Most of the kids at school own a car, so we came up with a fund raiser car wash. Sounds reasonable; not to mention that It only entails such a low cost of capital. All we need is soap and lots of water. What do you guys think? It’s feasible!!! Right?
Finally, we found the one we’re looking for. It’s the ultimate treadmill of our dreams. It has all the features that we’re looking for and more. This treadmill can make you check your email, Facebook, and other online sites while working out. It even has an built in sound system which allows MP3 or iPhone plug-ins. Talk about convenience!
Another problem, it’s brand new! I found on this amazing website that features the most hi-tech and latest in the treadmill business. As we all know, the better the features, the igher the price tag! Bummer – our budget isn’t enough for that baby! Darn! *Sigh* Finding this second hand version of this product it gonna take some effort, I just know it.
It has been frustrating these past couple of days. Finding a decent, durable, used treadmill is tough. We have found for sale used treadmills, but it’s looking this they are about to be thrown into the dumpster. We are ones that were a little higher than our budget, but they weren’t what we’re looking for. We are looking for durable, sturdy, quality treadmill that would fit our budget. Sadly, it’s tough to find one.
After three days since Jim’s idea at the cafeteria, we have been looking for a treadmill for less since we only have $1200 on hand. I have perceived that this is going to be tough, but as they say, the rough roads lead to the stars. Chris would often go downtown to ask around malls and sports shops to ask around since he knows his way around. Jim and I would browse the web for available used treadmills in search sites. But still, luck didn’t come that easy as we thought it would be.
Earlier, when we had our lunch at this burger joint, Jim suddenly had an answer to our gym dilemma. He said that why would go to gym when we could always buy our very own treadmill. I stared at him and ask him if he was out of his mind. But he further explained why this would work. He said that this whole weight loss craze wouldn’t die off until summer, so if we would wait until that time, we would have beer bellies as big as a basketball and since the gym registration fees would range from 350-400, he said it would be better if we bought our own instead.
This really made me and Chris thinking. Actually Jim has a point, but where would we find a treadmill that would cost $1200? This would be another dilemma. So asked why not use the track to jog instead and do floor exercises on the side. He weather would be another problem since its unpredictable and does often rain without any warning. But we all agreed with Jim’s solution in the end. How and where are are going to get the money you ask? It’s an entirely different story.