Pressure washing is a multimillion dollar industry in today's residential and commercial world. There is a high need for private-contract pressure washing, and it is possible to make upwards of $80 per hour in the washing business, per Ultimatewasher.com. It is very important to start out on the right foot, by buying quality equipment and establishing a customer base.
Purchase a good-quality pressure washer. If you look professional with a decent-sized truck-mounted washer, you are more likely to get customers just by their seeing your washing setup. To see the different types of pressure washers available, see Resources.
Create contractor pressure-washing forms for your customers. These include invoices, customer waivers, washing agreements and telephone forms. Purchase business cards and set up a website. Explore having your company listed the Yellow Pages or a similar phone book.
Determine your hourly fee. Review your overall costs, such as the truck, pressure washer, any office space you may be renting and other business expenses. Often times, companies charge upwards of $50 per hour. Determine how much you need to charge to make money.
Learn how to really use your pressure washer. Many people don't realize the difficulty of successfully pressure-washing things. Before you try to sell to a single customer, learn how to use your machine. Take classes on it if you can find some.
Prepare fliers. Send them out by mail, or post them in local community centers advertising your business. Breaking into the pressure-washing market isn't difficult, but you need to have some patience.