My boys are quite industrious in their own ways; eldest is an avid watcher of The Apprentice and likes seeing how you develop a business plan. It’s all about BIG ideas and thinking outside the box for him. Youngest on the other hand is always on the look out for ways to make a quick buck – including selling price labels on his school uniform claiming they were bookmarks before now!
We didn’t want to dampen his enthusiasm so his brother, his grandparents and myself bought some – it’s a tricky balance between helping with his confidence and making sure his business ideas are realistic! Outside of the family (or close friends) he would have struggled to shift them even with his optimistic little face and his “bargain” price of 5p each!!!
Vauxhall are all for encouraging children to embrace this wonderful initiative they have and are offering carwash franchise starter packs. Children can then get cracking earning a few pounds and learning all about starting up a business in the process - it shows them with dedication, hard work and perseverance they can be successful.
They will gain lots of beneficial knowledge with such a venture; it’s the perfect way to help them understand the marketing mix. The importance of picking the right location to get enough traffic (but not too much you can’t keep up with demand!), promoting your business to generate enough interest and using the right pricing strategy not to put off potential customers.
It also helps to pick the right friends to help you (ones that are willing to pitch in with the hard work!). Plus it’s a good idea to have someone with you and always tell your parents where you will be or even better bring them along to help!
The whole concept is ideal to keep your children entertained and might save you spending quite so much on pocket money. There is always something my two are after whether its sweets, football cards or a new computer game.
The pack includes the essential car washing equipment (bucket, sponge and squeegee), a sign to help you advertise your business, business cards to make it easier to get the word out there, a guide on car washing (you want to do a decent job – repeat business is very valuable!) and the all important fold up money box to keep your earnings safe.
I have eight packs to giveaway here if you would like a chance of winning one and help your child set up their own business please fill out the form below by the 4th of November.
Win a Vauxhall Carwash Franchise starter-pack