Hey everyone, I’m completely new to this. I have been thinking about doing pressure washing for a couple months now, but I’m getting serious about it now and want to start this season. I have been searching online and found a lot of answers to my questions already, but still need help answering a few. A friend and I want to go into it together. We’re not looking to make tons of money or to quit our day jobs, but we want to work on our days off and earn a little extra on the side. We are from Wyoming, and have noticed that there are not many (none) residential pressure washers in our area. We have picked out a 4GPM machine that has good reviews, but have not yet purchased it. I also plan on purchasing a cheaper (~$100) surface cleaner. Money IS a factor, but we want to do this right, so we’re not afraid to throw some money at this if we can earn it back. (That being said though, a lot of what I have seen online suggest starting with expensive hot water washers and trailers. While we are willing to throw some money into this, we plan on starting very small.) If you can answer any of the following questions or have any advice for two new people, we’re all ears! Let me know if I’m overlooking something.
Insurance - We obviously want insurance to protect us. What does a good insurance plan look like for someone in our shoes? The rates will be different if you’re from a different state, but what should we be looking for, and when should we get it? Should we get it before getting our first job?
LLC - When should we set up an LLC? How will our taxes work if we set up an LLC, vs if we don’t set one up? Is that an urgent matter, or should we wait to see if this is profitable in our area, and consider it next season if we pursue this?
Could we run two guys on a 4 GPM / 4000 PSI machine? Like split the hoses and we both do the house/whatever at once? Should we be looking into starting off with two machines? Could one house provide enough water to run two 4 GPM machines at once (if we got that route)?
We plan on practicing on our houses/neighbors houses (for free) at first before charging people for it so that we are comfortable with it. What should we practice on in particular? I notice a lot of extremely dirty driveways and sidewalks in our areas, so I want to get good at those. What do you guys mostly do? House washes? Flatwork? Gutters?
Thanks for the help. Like I said, we have been searching the internet for a lot of our answers, but if any of these questions can be answered somewhere else, feel free to send me a link. I’m sure more questions will pop up later.