Looking for an opportunity to establish their own business, cousins Adam Kittredge and Blake Henwood opened Victoria’s Superbath mobile car detailing service 2012.
Fast-forward five years and Superbath was named one of Douglas magazine’s 10 to Watch in 2015 and now they run three, one-of-kind, mobile detailing vans with a unique steam system that requires just 20 per cent of the water of traditional car washes.
What’s the appeal? Beyond the green features, they come to you. Superbath can detail your vehicle in a few hours while you’re at work or home – no more dropping your car at the detailers then arranging for rides to continue your day.
“It’s ideal for someone who wants to work for themselves, but doesn’t want the trouble of a bricks-and-mortar business with all that entails,” Henwood says.
“There’s also the satisfaction of seeing the results of your work – and your clients’ smiles!”
After five years of growth and establishing the Superbath brand on the South Island – including five-star Facebook ratings and a loyal client base – Kittredge and Henwood are ready to franchise Superbath to Nanaimo and the central Island.
“It’s a very scalable business, so adding more trucks to a fleet is really quite easy,” Kittredge says. “And because it’s a mobile business, you’re able to design your hours around your family’s schedule, or what works best for your clients.”
A Superbath franchise: What you need to know
It’s easy – Mobile business packages are ready to go, so you can get up and running in no time with a branded vehicle and proven name recognition. Start-up packages include customized Bathmobile, designated equipment package, start-up supplies and marketing materials.
Quicker start-up with lower costs – Superbath is a turn-key mobile business, with no need for a bricks-and-mortar location, meaning franchisees can start bringing in revenue quickly.
Financing available – We have been approved by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) for their Small Business Loan program so you can pay a deposit as low as 10 per cent for all the necessary equipment and the van (on approved credit).
Flexible schedule – Work around the other important aspects in your life, and as much or as little as you like.
Comprehensive online management system – Receive everything you need to operate your business, including online booking, customer relationship management, mobile access, invoices and payments, Google Maps integration, fleet management system and integrated bookkeeping system.
Scalability – With an easy-to-scale fleet, add more Bathmobiles when your market heats up!
Home-based business – Superbath franchises are considered home-based businesses which allows for some home expense write-offs come tax time.
Comprehensive training program – It’s simple, with no prior experience required, and hiring new staff doesn’t require lengthy training.