Seton Hill wrestler finds ‘overnight success’ in mobile car detailing business
John Meyers has come a long way as an entrepreneur since charging admission to a haunted house he built in a garden shed as a child.
Now, the redshirted sophomore wrestler from Seton Hill University owns and operates a mobile car detailing business, Super Mobile Detail.
“I wanted to do something I love, something fun,” said Meyers, 20, of Greensburg. “How can I provide a service that will make people happy (and) make them smile?”
Meyers said he worked on his mother’s car and his own car before deciding to make the process profitable. And as an entrepreneurship student at Seton Hill, he said the goal was to “become an entrepreneur or have your own business before you graduate”.
Lyzona Marshall, director of the Wukich Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities at Seton Hill, said one of the center’s “trademarks” is encouraging students to have an entrepreneurial mindset and spirit.
“It’s exciting to hear when someone really turns that dream into a reality,” Marshall said. “He saw a need and he responded to it. It’s just fantastic.
Marshall said the center provides “comprehensive support” to Seton Hill students, giving them access to relevant services and resources.
“He lives what we taught, and that’s the most exciting thing,” Marshall said.
Meyers’ mother, Melissa Stima, said while she was “a little surprised” by the business idea at first, he was “always motivated” to start his own business.
Stima said Meyers had come up with similar haunted house business ideas and ventures since he was around 10 to 12 years old.
“He’s always looking for a new business,” Stima said. “It was always about making your own money.”
Meyers also said he didn’t want to work for someone else, Stima said, so starting his own business was a good choice.
However, Stima said she thinks it might be “a little risky” to put a lot of money into the business to make it work.
Meyers said he worked in a warehouse to earn money to start the business, and it cost between $500 and $1,000 to start.
His first purchases for the company included a vacuum cleaner, buckets and rags, and as it became “more official” he bought a pressure washer, air compressor and his own water tank. ‘water.
“It took a year to really figure out how to make this work and make it work,” Meyers said, as he also had to put designs and logos together.
When he officially launched the business a few months ago, Meyers said “it took off right away.”
“I like to call it an overnight success,” Meyers said. “I’m very lucky – my phone exploded with bookings, the word started spreading – it’s just a chain from there.”
He garnered customers by “posting daily” on social media platforms and a neighborhood app, Nextdoor, but he ran no paid ads.
Gloria Hosford of Greensburg said she found Meyers’ business through Nextdoor and decided to give it a call after reading “wonderful recommendations” about the quality of her work.
“We were very impressed with his work ethic and attention to detail,” Hosford said.
She said she was drawn to the mobile aspect because she’d rather not leave her car for services.
“It’s just super convenient,” Hosford said. “We will recommend it to everyone.”
And this advantage has also been a factor for other customers.
“I don’t really have a place of business. … I drive towards them,” Meyers said. “I detail their car at home.”
He said auto detailing is one of the companies that hasn’t offered a mobile option, even amidst many other services that have gone mobile and virtual recently.
“I think there’s still room for a big name,” Meyers said. “Every client I’ve met is surprised it’s even a thing, and they love it.”
And Meyers had no shortage of customers.
His mother said he was “busy from the time he woke up until late at night”, bouncing from school, retail work and wrestling.
“I can barely see it,” Stima said.
However, she said it seems her customers appreciate the mobile aspect of the business because “it saves them time”.
“I think it’s a unique idea, I hope it takes off for him,” Stima said. “He’s getting really reserved.”
Meyers confirmed that he is “pretty much” booked every day, and likes to keep bookings to two cars a day, and a maximum of three, because he doesn’t want to rush the works.
“I don’t want quality to suffer on the cars,” Meyers said. “Their money is precious to me, and I want them to be happy.”
Although it depends on the condition of the vehicle, he said the super package starts at $200, which is a comprehensive detail that would “make your car look like new.”
It also offers a basic package for cars that “are not very dirty”.
The whole process itself is “more of a family experience,” Meyers said.
“I’m not here to take your money and walk away,” Meyers said. “I’m here to get to know you and… connect with people, meet new people.”
And he met a lot of new people, because all of his customers were strangers besides a friend.
Looking to the future, Meyers said he hopes to get a van to run his business in the next few years, and then eventually he wants to get a 24-hour car wash location where people can get services such as ceramic coatings, polishing and correcting paint and bodywork or tinting.
Meyers said the business could expand in a few years to include an employee to help, but for now he said the details gave him a “good workout”.
“It can be tough, (but) once you’ve struggled, everything else in life is easy,” Meyers said. “The detail is nothing compared to what I did in wrestling.”
Megan Swift is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan by email at email@example.com or via Twitter .