Many times mobile car wash companies ask themselves if they should get an office to look more legitimate or to run the business out of. This depends on may things. If you have a larger company with many units it might be wise. But if you are a small company with relatively few units, it really would not make too much sense.
So with that said should a mobile car care company involved in mobile car washing have a office somewhere? This would of course depend on the circumstances I suppose. In some markets perhaps it is not such a good idea to have such costs. If you are in a high-end market with many units on the road it might be a good idea, although if you have a location you have added additional costs and you will need to staff that office. If you will look at the Asplanaugh Tree Trimming Company you will see a much better plan. Find a place to park the trucks and have one office for many markets. Similar in theory to the GE Way as they downsized costs, they were careful to not have so many chiefs and offices. Most larger companies are like this now with regional offices running many units. Some have ratios of 1:30 or one office for 30 units, as is the case in retailing.
If you are a mobile business and the units are working in a net-centric configuration then an office may not be such a good idea unless you have 10 or more trucks in that market and unless your customers will be coming to you for some reason. If all business is transacted at the customer’s locations, it may not be smart to have an office, as that equates to pure costs, you see? Modern communication now makes such location based service business models somewhat obsolete really although you would think that it is somehow necessary by the way MBA professors purport such needs.
It just goes to show those who can’t teach. If you run your business lean and mean you will find greater profits in the end. If you are a mobile car wash with under ten units, you would be better to put such money into your corporate identity, such as uniforms, signage and paint jobs for your units rather than waste it on office lease and an extra secretary. If you are going to hire an additional manager, put them in a car, keep them mobile and checking on your crews with some actual face time on the job and out with the customers. Think on it.