Welcome Wayne, Glad to see your here. Im in Deltona Florida. I am usually a 1 man operation, I do have my part time worker for my KEC jobs and roof jobs.
I would say if you have never Pressure washed before then you will definitely want to continue reading and watching videos.
If you have the funds to buy the equipment then go for it. By me there were a lot of guys that purchased big and went out of business. They sold their equipment dirt cheap. It was not because of a lack of work, they did not know how to market themselves. I got a break when I started because the first thing I did was Letter my vehicle. I obtained a 31 building development because of my lettering, I gave them 125% and they gave me a letter of reference that is golden. That reference landed me residential, a couple of banks, and hopefully a sister company of the first (same foot print) with 72 buildings. This company will earn me 45k this upcoming year. I still did not count the roofs. I got some really nice business cards made up and hand them out to everyone, everywhere I go, I spoke to a woman in a paint store one time. turns out she is the supervisor for county 911 dispatch. I got customers from her. Other dispatchers.
Another important factor will be your chemicals. ( always say solutions , or wash mix to the customers ) Here in Florida I mostly use liquid pool chlorine from either pinch a penny or Leslie's. I did find a local distributor that can beat their prices by almost .80 cents a gallon. shop around. Take a class if you can. above all Not a sales pitch. Join the http://www.uamcc.org/ I am a member and it sure looks good to have your business listed with such a credible organization.plus you get discounts on equipment should you go this route. The free gifts and discounts from the sponsors more than make up for the cost. plus you will help the industry fade out the low ballers that are working dirt cheap and providing crap work. One customer told me he hired me because , " if you do work for a bank then I know you can be trusted"
Its a small donation with great perks, and a great group of guys and gals here.
I was in law enforcement 15 years ago. I loved it. It is my passion and still is but The flexibility of self employment out weighs it all. I have 2 boys with Autism and my time with them is very important.
Call me if you need anything 386-956-3406