*How to start a car wash business in Nigeria*The carwash business is one that needs no form of introduction. This business is fairly common and you probably already know a lot about it. So I am going to be as straight forward as possible. The success of this business also depends on the location it is set; reason why most major cities have a lot of car washes. The car was business has been around for years and is not going anywhere soon. It has been employed by many as a tool for fund raising. And it has proven to be a good business to raise funds and achieve financial liberation with steady hard work and discipline. The car was business does not require a back breaking capital to start up and no special knowledge.Car wash business is the process of washing the interiors and exterior of cars for a fee, usually as a form of maintenance and neatness. This business is incredibly profitable.*Starting a Car Wash Business**Capital Required*: 100,000-300,000 Naira.*Operation process*: The process of running a carwash business isn’t complicated. It is the washing of cars for a fee. So here is basically how it works. You set up your car wash premises and indicate your services on a sign post, people with dirty cars or who wish to wash their cars bring them into your work space. You thoroughly wash them or you can employ people to do so, the car owner then pays for the services rendered.*Business equipment*: The business requires:1) Car wash machine: This makes the job of car washing easier for you. Getting a car wash machine would cost 200,000 for a new one and 80,000 Naira for the used one.2) A work space: You need to rent a workspace where your car wash business would be located and where you would also render your car wash services. The work space is usually an open space, large enough to park at least 2 cars at once. A work space is rented for 6000 Naira per month and 72,000 per year.3) Water: Washing cars requires water, and a lot of it. It is advised you open a borehole close to your work space. Setting up a borehole would cost 100,000 on average. If you don’t have enough funds you can buy water from water supply companies instead.4) Storage tanks: Get a big enough storage tank or two to store your water for business. A storage tank of medium size would cost 12000-15000 Naira.5) Generator set: A generator set will be used to pump water if you have a borehole or would be used for the car wash machine while washing the car. A medium sized generator costs 40,000 Naira6) Buckets, towels, brushes, soaps and detergents: These are the most basic and essential tools needed for this business. Getting all of these may cost 5000 Naira.*Income projection*: The income potentials like I said earlier are amazing and with hard work, you would be financially liberated through this business. A car is washed for 500 Naira, if you wash 10 cars per day that is 500 * 10 = 5000. In 30 days you would earn 150,000. Your monthly income * 12 months of the year would be 1800000. One point eight million Naira.*Challenges and risks*: The challenges and risks of this business are easily surmountable, below are some risks and challenges you might face while doing this business:1) Saturated market: This business is so easy to start; a lot of people have started theirs, making it a very common business. However do not be discouraged as there is no shortage of cars to be washed. Car owners are on the rise and they are also getting busier, meaning there is enough work for everyone.2) Wrong Location: If your cash wash business is located in an area not populated by car owners, you may find it hard getting your break through as patronage would be really low if there is any at all. So you have to make sure you locate your business in the right place.3) Risk of Car Possession: The law says a car parked in your premises with your permission if stolen would make you liable. Running a car wash business is risky as cars may get spoilt or stolen in your possession and you would have to pay. Locate your car wash business in a very safe area and be very meticulous while handling people’s cars.*Getting patronage*: To get customers for your car wash business, there are some steps you must take. Here are some of these steps below:1) Offer excellent customer service2) Print and distribute flyers around residential areas, door to door.3) Offer home car wash services4) Offer discounts when you can5) Attach a bar or situate your car wash business close to a bar if you can. Most people who come to wash cars need a place to chill and maybe drink.6) Identify customers who stay close by and follow them up, maintaining a mutually beneficial consumer- business relationship.