How to Start a Laundry Business

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Start a Laundry Business

A laundry business can be a simple and profitable business to start. There are many types of laundry businesses, including home-based and dry cleaning franchises. Knowing how to start a laundry business begins with choosing the right one for you.


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      Decide what kind of laundry business you want to start.

      Options range from a home-based laundry business to a dry cleaning business to a coin-operated laundromat. Factors that will influence your decision include how much money you have to invest and how involved you want to be in the work of the business.

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      Find a location.

      If you plan to offer laundry and ironing services from home, your decision is easy. For a dry cleaning business you'll need a retail location. A laundromat will require a unique spot that can house washers, dryers, folding tables, etc.

    • 3

      Buy any necessary equipment.

      This might include washers, dryers, folding tables, dry cleaning equipment, coin changer, cash registers and credit card machines.

    • 4

      Hire employees.

      Dry cleaners and laundromats may require you to hire help. A home-based laundry business is something you can probably do yourself.

    • 5

      Market your services.

      Dry cleaners often offer coupons and that will be a good way to get the word out about your laundry business. A home-based laundry business can be marketed in low cost ways, including flyers, Craigslit, and word of mouth. For a laundromat, good signage is going to be highly important in order to let people know where you are.

Tips & Warnings

  • For larger businesses, especially those requiring large investments, consult with an attorney about the right legal setup, etc.

  • Make sure to investigate what kind of businesses licenses you might need for your laundry business. These are usually done at the local level.

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