It's a dirty job and I do not want to do it. This is the sentiment felt by many people. However, taking clothing to the cleaners is expensive. Many working mothers would welcome the opportunity to use the services of a laundry and ironing business. People that do not mind washing, drying and ironing clothes can start a laundry and ironing business. If you have the space, the venture can be operated as a home based business. This business can be started for $100 to $1,000. The potential annual income is $20,000 to $30,000. Average fees are $12 per pound of clothing.
Pay attention to detail. Pre- treat stains. Read care and content labels prior to washing. Sort clothing according to color and fabric type. Iron each garment on appropriate settings. Put garments requiring the heat temperature in piles together. For instance, put all blue jeans in a pile. Iron one pair of blue jeans at a time. Continue ironing blue jeans until all have been pressed.
Designate a section of your home. Select a section of your home as your business area. Place all equipment and supplies in this room.
Obtain equipment. Purchase two good irons and a steamer. Purchasing expensive equipment is not necessary at first. Once your clientele increases, consider purchasing industrial quality items. Always have two irons, if one breaks, you can continue working.
Obtain supplies. Purchase laundry detergent, fabric softener, starch and spot treatment products. Purchase these items in bulk. This will allow you to save money.
Promote Business. Use your computer, desktop publishing software and printer to create posters, flyers and business cards. Display posters on bulletin boards in libraries, stores and Laundromats. Get permission from store owners to place flyers on car windshields.
Protect your business. Realize that some people will not be happy with your service. Contact a local insurance company and request business coverage. Explain your business service. Get the insurance coverage that will protect you for damage or loss of your customers' garments.