How to Start a Laundry Business

How to Start a Laundry Business

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Despite the constant need for clean clothes, many don’t have time to handle this simple task. In fact, laundry is often rated as the least favorable household chore.

Given the constant need for clean clothes, this $40 billion dollar industry is a lucrative business to get involved in. If you are thinking about becoming a laundry entrepreneur, take a look at the following strategies on how to start a laundry business.

Start a Laundry Business

Gain Experience in the Laundry Industry

While running your own laundry business does not require any specific qualifications or experience, it’s a good idea when entering any business to have experience in the industry. With this in mind, it may prove valuable to take a job in a laundry facility, so you can learn more about the trade and what customers want.

Carry Out Market Research

Before you begin the venture, conducting market research can be an effective way to ensure there is demand for laundry services in your area. Carrying out market research will help you determine how customers are likely to respond to your new venture.

Write a Business Plan

All business ideas should start with a business plan. Even if you are not planning on getting a bank loan or venture capital for your business, a business plan will give you a deeper understanding of the market.

Your business plan should start with a list of the services you will provide. Will you deliver the laundry back to customers or offer any specialized cleaning services, such as dry cleaning or ironing?

A business plan will give you clarity about where you are heading and help you stay organized and remain on track.

List the Items You Will Need

Starting a laundry business might be more expensive than you think. When writing your business plan, jot down all the equipment and items you will need, including washers, dryers, detergent, hangers, and so on. These items will need to be factored into your budget to ensure your venture is financially viable.

Determine Your Target Market

It’s important every entrepreneur picks a target market to go after. When writing your business plan and getting your idea off the ground, think about who your target market will be. With a laundry business, your target market could be fairly broad, ranging from elderly customers who aren’t able to take care of the washing themselves, to busy working moms who don’t have time to wash the family’s laundry, to students who don’t have their own washer or dryer at home.

Mapping out who your target markets are is vital when it comes to marketing your business.

Pick a Prime Venue

If you’ve got laundry facilities at home such as in your garage and you live in a place that’s accessible for customers to drop off and pick up their laundry, you may want to operate your laundry business from home.

Failing that, look for a prime venue for your start-up that’s in a great location, such as on a busy street, to help get the business up and running. Naturally, the price of renting the venue will need to be factored into the business expenses and taken out of potential profits.

Space that has off street parking is attractive as this makes the dropping off and picking up process more convenient for customers.

Distinguish Your Laundry Business from Competitors

Besides making sure you have a good location, think about ways you will distinguish yourself from competitors. You may want to offer specialized services, such as ironing and dry-cleaning items or offer lower prices than competitors.

When you open the business, encourage customers to come to you by offering ‘first week deals’ such as two loads of washing for the price of one.

Start to Market Your Business

Once you have everything in place to open your laundry business, start marketing your venture aggressively. From posting fliers to sending direct mail, and even getting your own website launched, there are endless ways to market your laundry business to different target markets.

Think About Becoming a Laundry Franchisee

There are pros and cons to franchising.  But franchises come with a number of benefits, including the fact they provide everything you need to get your business up and running. Systems like Laundry Care partner with entrepreneurs seeking to provide laundry services to local residents and commercial customers and help them build a business.

As the brand  and business model are already set-up and established, entering a franchise contract can come with less risk than starting a business entirely from scratch.

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20 Reactions
  1. Back then, laundry is done by yourself. But now, you can outsource it as long as you have some money to pay for it. It saves your home a location for a washing machine.

  2. What are the things to consider when purchasing commercial washing machines? Not like other pieces of equipment, there are crucial things to know that will help you get the ideal laundry system for your demands especially if these machines will be used for business purposes.

  3. Hi
    Roughly how much is needed to establish Laundry Business?

  4. Marcelles V. Carreon

    Thank you for this guide in preparing a Laundry Business. Do you know a Laundry machine supplier who can provide help up to the installation?

  5. Sharaf Basit Alavi

    I would like to own a laundry franchise in Canada

  6. What types of machine do you think is best to start these business..

  7. How much do I need to start laundry business?

    • How to raise funds to buy commercial washer dryer.if help notify pls

    • Osinowo abimbola Joseph

      How much do I need to start a laundry business.
      What are the equipment to use.
      How can I start small.

  8. nabatanzi racheal

    hi. am a university student from/in uganda with interest in starting a laundry business. so my questions is what do i need especially the type of washing machine, what do i need to do and what do i expect

  9. Phiri Charles Undi

    Help me with guidelines on estimated initial capital approximately to start a Laundry Business
    As a small business iinterprenuer I need this guide

  10. How can I go about starting a laundry business in my area, and how would I start to pursue the next steps. Like seeking for the machines (washer and dryer) Do I have to find a place that sells them in bulks?

    • Hi thanks for the heads up. Please list for me the set of equipment that l ought to buy that can help me start the business. Including but not limited to a machine that can iron

  11. Kindly advise,I need to start opening laundry business,I need to start with two washing machine and dryer

  12. what franchises are out there for a laundry business

  13. Dirontsho Nyaniso

    How much roughly do you need to start your own business(laundry)

  14. Iam so interested in the laundry business please help me for it to be successful , for the start what will I need

  15. I have written a post on how to start a laundry business, but after reading your content I envy you. You have covered most required necessities to start a Laundry Business. Thank You.

  16. Thank you so much; this post is beneficial for everyone who wants to start their laundry business and purchase coin-operated laundry equipment. However, could you please give me a rough idea of the basic costing to start a new laundry service?

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