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Soapy Rides Business Plan

Executive Summary

Opportunity

Problem

East Meadow long island and its surrounding area is quite affluent, 40% of the residents earn over $70,000 a year. Consequently, they have nice cars and want them to look nice. There are five different car dealerships within a three-mile radius which will require car washing services for the various fleets. Lastly, there are many different local businesses that have company cars and that require clean appearances.  All of these potential customers need a car wash that fits their needs and their budget. We will happily fill that need.

Solution

Soapy Rides will be providing customers with three services: exterior car washing, interior cleaning, and detailing. Soapy Rides has no true competitors that are trying to offer a high quality service for a reasonable rate

Market

This area has a number of benefits in terms of the market that it will provide for the business. Over 40% of households in the immediate neighborhood earn over $70,000 annually. Many people in the neighborhood own and/or lease new cars and place great value on their cars and how they look. There are a large number of car dealerships in the area–five within three miles of the proposed location for Soapy Rides.

Competition

There is one other hand car wash shop in East Meadow. It is quite new and is trying to compete with automatic car washes by offering low prices. However, it is not targeting the customers who seek quality cleaning.

Why Us?

Soapy Rides will be providing customers with three services: exterior car washing, , interior cleaning, and detailing. Soapy Rides has no true competitors that are trying to offer a high quality service for a reasonable rate.

Expectations

Forecast

The business will be initially financed by a personal investment by Mark Deshpande and will finance growth through cash flow. This will mean that the company will grow more slowly than it could, but it will ensure that Mark retains control over the direction of the company. In year three, it is hoped that the company will be able to open a second location. It is envisioned that an outside loan or equity funding will be sought at that time.

Financial Highlights by Year

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Financing Needed

Mark Deshpande will invest $40,000 dollars to change the the location into a car wash.

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Opportunity

Problem & Solution

Problem Worth Solving

The car wash will be based in East Meadow, New York. This area has a number of benefits in terms of the market that it will provide for the business. Over 40% of households in the immediate neighborhood earn over $70,000 annually. Many people in the neighborhood own and/or lease new cars and place great value on their cars and how they look. There are a large number of car dealerships in the area–five within three miles of the proposed location for Soapy Rides

Our Solution

Soapy Rides will be providing customers with three services: exterior car washing, , interior cleaning, and detailing. We have the ability to provide a high quality service, both in regards to the actual washing as well as customer service is all based on their ability to find the best employees. Hiring the best employees is cost effective because it decreases HR costs associated with turnover and other employee costs. Hiring the best employees and making sure that they are well taken care of ensures that they in turn take care of the customers. Study after study proves that a happy employee is far more likely to provide the highest level of customer service compared to an employee who is not happy and feels that they are being taken advantage of.

Target Market

Market Size & Segments

Soapy Rides segments its customers by type of car ownership. We believe that the type of car that a person owns says volumes about their driving, and, therefore their car washing and detailing requirements.

  1. New car owners: Owners of newer cars are most likely to use a hand car washing service. These owners take great pride in their cars and will bring them often to the wash and detail service. The goal with these customers is to promote regular use of the wash and detail service. The aim is to inform these customers that Soapy Rides will keep their car looking as good as it did the day they drove it off the lot.

     

  2. Older luxury car owners: These people have either owned their high-end luxury cars for several years or are unable to afford the expense of a new luxury car but want the feel of relaxed driving. Both of these groups want to keep their cars in the best shape possible. Those who have bought second-hand cars will often spend many hours in their cars and will place high importance on keeping their cars looking good. These owners will bring their cars in for regular washes and occasional details.

     

  3. Sports car owners: These people are often younger or middle-aged men and will regard the look of their car as important. They will also pride themselves on the look of their car and will have their car hand washed (at least) weekly. These drivers will have an occasional detail, but will keep their cars so clean the detail will not be necessary very often.

     

  4. Lifetime owners: Many of these people have owned their cars for more than five or six years, and are more likely to be women. They are attached to their cars as friends and though it may be more sensible for them to purchase a new car, they will bring their car in for a wash occassionally, just when the car is dirty. They like their cars to look presentable, and want to keep it in good shape but are not tied up in the look of their car. For this reason, they will not have a detail carried out on their car unless they are selling it.

     

  5. Dealerships: There are five new and used car dealerships within three miles of the proposed location of Soapy Rides. These dealerships often use outside car wash services to detail their vehicles before they are put up for sale. In addition, there are fifteen other car dealerships within a seven mile radius of Soapy Rides.

     

  6. Local businesses: Some local businesses have fleets of cars and small vans that must be kept clean to maintain their company image. These businesses will be looking for a cost effective, efficient car washing service to perform this service, and will prefer to use a car wash service during the week rather than during weekends, like the general public.

Competition

Current Alternatives

The hand car washing business in East Meadow consists of many small competitors. Everything from local children raising money for their youth group on a Saturday by cleaning cars, to the automatic car wash machines, are competition for Soapy Rides. However, these two alternatives aim to meet the needs of the price-conscious individuals who are choosing the service simply so they do not have to clean the car themselves. 

Our Advantages

Soapy Rides’ competitive edge will be Mark Deshpande and the quality of the family name in the East Meadow area. As mentioned, the family has been in the car business for over 30 years, and has an excellent reputation and a myriad of both business and personal contacts. In addition, Mark has put a great deal of emphasis on creating a system that is both fast and efficient, which will keep costs, in terms of time spent per car, to a minimum.

Keys to Success

Keys to Success

Our keys to success are: 

  1. To be viewed as a premium car wash and detail service in East Meadow.
  2. Maintain a very high gross profit margin.
  3. Maintain a modest, steadily growing net profit margin.
  4. Expand to two locations after third year of operation
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Execution

Marketing & Sales

Marketing Plan

Our marketing strategy is to attract customers who will be repeat users and will frequent the business in the typically quiet times. It will not be difficult to attract customers during the summer months and on the weekends, the weekdays however, especially in the winter, people will not think about having their cars washed. For this reason, Soapy Rides will target people who will tend not to be restricted to these busy times.

More specifically we plan on targeting: 

  • Business owners who make their own hours. We will reach out to them by paper promotions and brochures handed to everyone who works in the area and connect to the local businesses through facebook and linked in. They will get a discount the first time they use our service for giving us a try. 
  • Retired people – we will mail them promotions or drop them by their homes in the area. This demographic is less likely to be on social media but we will honor any promotions they find online. 
  • Dealerships will need cars detailed and washed regardless of the time of the day and week.  We will build a very good quid pro quo relationship with these dealerships. This will supply a constant flow of traffic.
  • Businesses will need their fleet cars washed during the week during regular business hours. Again this will be due to  strong quid pro quo relationships with these businesses. If they trust their cars or their clients cars with us we will take very good care of them 

Sales Plan

Sales strategy is on a one-to-one basis. All customers will feel they are a valued friend of Soapy Rides, and that all employees care about the care and upkeep of each vehicle. We must be aware that there are low switching costs in the car washing industry, so we have to work hard to develop and keep repeat customers.

Operations

Locations & Facilities

The location was previously used as a quick stop automobile service shop, so it is set up to move vehicles quickly through the premises, but does not have all the necessary systems in place to host a car wash and detail facility. The services of a contracting company will be sought to convert the use of the facility and to improve the customer waiting room facilities.

Milestones & Metrics

Milestones Table

Milestone Due Date
Followup on Press Release
Jan 03, 2020
Business Plan
June 01, 2020
Rental Contract
Aug 02, 2020
Convert Premises
Sept 05, 2020
Hire Car wash Staff
Oct 03, 2020
Hire Admin Staff
Oct 24, 2020
Distribute Flyers
Nov 03, 2020
Press Release
Nov 21, 2020
Open for business
Dec 19, 2020

Milestones Table

Milestone Due Date
Followup on Press Release
Jan 03, 2020
Business Plan
June 01, 2020
Rental Contract
Aug 02, 2020
Convert Premises
Sept 05, 2020
Hire Car wash Staff
Oct 03, 2020
Hire Admin Staff
Oct 24, 2020
Distribute Flyers
Nov 03, 2020
Press Release
Nov 21, 2020
Open for business
Dec 19, 2020

Key Metrics

Our Key Metrics 

  1. Cold calls – We are aiming to have 3 to 5 percent of who our sales people call use our service
  2. The number of cars washed in a day 
  3. The number of cars washed in a month
  4. The number of businesses that have a working relationship with me. 
  5. The number of staff members needed to wash the cars in a timely manner. 
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Company

Overview

Ownership & Structure

The company is solely owned by Mark Deshpande and will be funded by an initial personal investment. Soapy Rides is New York State registered C corporation.

Team

Management Team

Mark Deshpande is the sole owner and manager of Soapy Rides. In addition, he will be helped (on an unofficial basis) by his father, Barry Deshpande. Barry has over 30 years experience as an entrepreneur, both in the car business and in property development and management.

Mark will also have the assistance of John Shine, the family accountant, in creating a long-term strategic vision for the company. John is a family friend and has worked with the Deshpande family for 23 years. He has worked with hundreds of small- and medium-sized businesses during his career.

Personnel Table

2020 2021 2022
Owner $24,000 $24,480 $24,970
Full Time Car Washer $28,800 $29,376 $29,964
Part time car washer (2.33) $47,736 $64,920
Sales / Admin $26,400 $26,928 $27,467
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Financial Plan

Forecast

Key Assumptions

Our Key Assumptions: 

1 – Everyone appreciates a clean car 

2 – Research and experience show that the average household income in the area is 70,000 so they can afford a 10 to 15 dollar exterior car wash once a week without sacrificing their essentials. 

3 – We assume current and long term loan rates will be 10% and tax rate will be 25%. We have planned our financing and our payables with this in mind. We will appreciate lower rates but will be profitable with higher rates in place 

4 – We assume that we have relationships that will result in deals that will be mutually beneficial. Mark’s family has been in business in the area for years and have contacts that like and trust him. This will help us get going. 

Revenue by Month

Chart visualizing the data for Revenue by Month

Expenses by Month

Chart visualizing the data for Expenses by Month

Net Profit (or Loss) by Year

Chart visualizing the data for Net Profit (or Loss) by Year

Financing

Use of Funds

Our startup Expenses are: 

Legal $500

Stationery etc. $400

Brochures $450

Insurance $200

Rent $1,200

Research and Development $300

Expensed Equipment $4,100

Signs $700

Building Materials $1,200

Building Labor $1,000 

total 10,050 

Sources of Funds

Mark will invest $40,000 to start. 

Statements

Projected Profit & Loss

2020 2021 2022
Gross Margin $139,824 $181,103 $218,907
Operating Expenses
Salaries & Wages $79,200 $128,520 $147,321
Employee Related Expenses $15,840 $25,704 $29,464
Rent $4,800 $4,800 $4,800
Sales and Marketing $6,000 $6,000 $6,000
Insurance $1,800 $1,800 $1,800
Startup Expenses – Listed in Use of Funds $10,050
Interest Incurred
Depreciation and Amortization $2,100 $2,100 $2,100
Gain or Loss from Sale of Assets
Income Taxes $0 $0 $0
Total Expenses $135,326 $189,047 $215,808
Net Profit $20,034 $12,179 $27,421

Projected Balance Sheet

2020 2021 2022
Cash $41,134 $55,413 $84,934
Accounts Receivable $0 $0 $0
Inventory
Other Current Assets
Total Current Assets $41,134 $55,413 $84,934
Long-Term Assets $21,000 $21,000 $21,000
Accumulated Depreciation ($2,100) ($4,200) ($6,300)
Total Long-Term Assets $18,900 $16,800 $14,700
Accounts Payable $0 $0 $0
Income Taxes Payable $0 $0 $0
Sales Taxes Payable $0 $0 $0
Short-Term Debt
Prepaid Revenue
Total Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Long-Term Debt
Long-Term Liabilities
Paid-In Capital $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Retained Earnings $20,034 $32,213
Earnings $20,034 $12,179 $27,422

Projected Cash Flow Statement

2020 2021 2022
Net Cash Flow from Operations
Net Profit $20,034 $12,179 $27,421
Depreciation & Amortization $2,100 $2,100 $2,100
Change in Accounts Receivable $0 $0 $0
Change in Inventory
Change in Accounts Payable $0 $0 $0
Change in Income Tax Payable $0 $0 $0
Change in Sales Tax Payable $0 $0 $0
Change in Prepaid Revenue
Investing & Financing
Assets Purchased or Sold ($21,000)
Investments Received $40,000
Dividends & Distributions
Change in Short-Term Debt
Change in Long-Term Debt
Cash at Beginning of Period $0 $41,134 $55,413
Net Change in Cash $41,134 $14,279 $29,522
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