How to 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.

Instructions

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      Decide what kind of laundry business you want to start. Options range from a home-based laundry business to a coin-operated laundromat to a dry cleaning business. 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 building that can house washers, dryers and folding tables.

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

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

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      Market your services. Dry cleaners often offer coupons, which are a good way to get the word out about your laundry business. A home-based laundry business can use low-cost flyers, advertise on Craigslist and encourage word of mouth. For a laundromat, good signage is critical 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.
  • Make sure to investigate what kind of businesses licenses or permits you need through your local government licensing office.
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