MONTVILLE, NJ – A young man who started a business gave back to his school when they needed some portable stereos.
Fourteen-year-old Joey Falciola of Pompton Plains is an eighth grader at Trinity Christian School in Montville, and he enjoys auto detailing.
“I was helping my grandma wash her car about two years ago and I really enjoyed it – it just clicked,” he recently told TAPinto Montville. “So I researched how to start doing this as a business, and it’s been growing fast; as I have more experience I’ve been learning more about marketing and sales and getting more clients.
“I have it mobile and I go to people’s houses. It’s more than just a car wash. I do extensive cleaning and restoring of the interior and exterior, using products that are protective like waxes. I get them to look new again. I have big crates filled with products, tools and a power washer if it’s a dirtier job. I have the tools and products for every part of the car except the [water] hose. In the future I’d like to have a van with everything I need and maybe hire some friends to help me.”
Falciola said that he has different price packages that take from three to six hours, depending on whether the client wants the interior, the exterior, or both cleaned. He set his prices based on other detailers, the time involved, and his product costs, he said. He has a budget set aside for his products, too, because “I realized that for doing quality work, I needed better quality product, and then I could raise my prices.”
At the beginning of the school year, Falciola saw an email that said three of the teachers needed portable CD players (often called boom boxes).
“We had needed the CD players for a while – since the end of last school year,” Trinity kindergarten teacher Danielle Abrahamsen said. “The ones we were using were old and have been temperamental for a while. At some point this year, a couple of them stopped working entirely.”
Falciola said he had wanted to give back to the school.
“I saw a good opportunity to use some of the money,” he said.
So he used some of his profits to purchase three boom boxes for the school, to the delight of the teachers.
“We use them for singing in class throughout the day; sometimes, classical music is played while the kids are working on projects,” Abrahamsen said. “We also use them during lunch time when we take a few minutes each day to learn about various composers and listen to their music.”
The units are shared and appreciated by other classes as well, she said.
In the meantime, Falciola is continuing his detailing business and can be reached at CooperRoadCarDetailing@gmail.com.
“I work during breaks, Saturdays, and in the summer,” he said. “I’m in the process of making a website.”
He said he likes to use his profits for new detailing supplies – and presents for people.
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