Start a Valet Company

Are you interested in starting a valet company? Or, if the idea hasn’t occurred to you yet, read our guide to see whether a valet parking service is a good business to start in your city.

It will also give you a basic idea on what you need to start it up.

Evaluating Valet Parking Service Opportunities

Are you near a busy area where parking space is scarce? Or are there frequent parties and events in your city? Consider starting a valet company. Here are what you should look for to determine whether this business may be viable in your area. See whether there are restaurants, bars, stores, malls and even hospitals whose parking space is limited. See also whether there are posh hotels, and major entertainment centers in your area where parking may not be a problem, but luxury is “in” and valet parking could be part of the image. Look further by researching whether there are a number of party hosting outfits, event planners, caterers that could use a valet parking service. Research for valet parking companies that are already operating in your area. Will there be room for one more valet parking service?

Talk to the owners of these restaurants and hotels to see whether they are offering valet parking as part of their service or whether you could offer the service. Parking space is not your problem in this scenario, as these are provided by the establishment. However, if you are planning to offer valet service for parties, you might need to have your own garage or any secured space to drive vehicles to while their owners are enjoying their time away.

Valet Company Requirements

As a valet parking service owner, you would need to hire drivers to do the job, secure necessary insurances, business license (if you will operate in different cities, you may have to secure one for each),

provide uniforms, secure valet paraphernalia like tickets, and road signs. You can hire drivers through a staffing agency. To provide optimum service, you may have to instruct drivers about good customer relations and efficient ways of performing valet service. Valet parking services could be charged at a flat rate or per hour (which sometimes could be $60/hour). Valets are paid at least the minimum wage and keep the tips. They could make $10-$25 per hour, including tips. Rates and prices could vary per location. Be prepared to handle all forms of payments – cash, checks, debit and credit cards.

Miscellaneous Tips for a Valet Company
• Other clients that may use valet parking services are convention and trade show organizers, wedding planners, corporations, and other organizations.
• Do several valet parking service in one night
• Offer additional services like vehicle cleaning and touch up service, and sell car care products and tools to augment income


  • Hegel said on May 9, 2012
    It's actually just an idea now that I hope to realize. The area would be Port saint Lucie, Jensen Beach, Fort pierce Florida
  • paulallen said on March 13, 2013
    I have started a business of valet service in canada. is there any etiquette to give better service to a customer. so that my business gets more popularity.
  • MICHAEL said on March 19, 2013
    i'm working at a valet company now but everybody tells me to start my own because of my good work and great customer service. I'm in St Louis and there are a lot of new clubs and conventions here. I'm getting this in!
  • Travis Noell said on December 23, 2013
    I just started my own valet company in Jax, fl. The valet needs here are huge but there no other valet company that advertises. I'm going to have advertising everywhere! I'm envoy raging if you do a good job working as a valet, the owners will notice that and want you to start your own. That's what happened to me and now I'm passing start up encouragement to all people who wants to start one. The money is great but you have to make sure you take care of your employees because they are the ones to start to the customers. If your employees are happy working for you, they will pass the happiness to the customer which will bring more talk and business! Good Luck everyone! It's very gratifying.
  • John said on April 15, 2014
    Hi I was wondering. I am trying to open a valet service company on my own, but I got no idea how should i do a quotation, and to negotiate with my client. I really need some help, I am from singapore.
  • Danny said on May 28, 2014
    I'm in Miami, fl. I want to start up a valet company. I need to know what kind of insurance do I need. How do I quote the clients. and what kind of licenses do I need. How much money more of less to start up the business. Thank you.
  • Chris said on July 11, 2014
    Are there any start up guides to the valet parking business
  • Jagdish Desai said on January 12, 2015
    how to start to valet parking company in india
  • Vijay Ghai said on June 7, 2016
    Hi I am Vijay Ghai and start a valet company in India Chandigarh. How can I open. Please give me Idea to how should I do a quotation to my client.
  • Andres velasquez said on June 11, 2017
    Hola quiero hacer mi company en miami de valet parking ....ncesito saber por donde debo empezar el seguro y cual licencia debo tener para poder comenzar ....gracias


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