How to Build a Mobile Laundromat

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More and more people are outsourcing their laundry.
More and more people are outsourcing their laundry. (Image: Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

With the increasingly busy society we live in, more and more people are outsourcing their laundry to professionals. People who work long hours want to spend their free time doing things with their families rather than doing the laundry. If you enjoy laundering clothes and you are on the lookout to start your own business, then a mobile laundromat may the one for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Permits and insurance
  • Transportation
  • Washing machines
  • Dryers
  • Irons and ironing boards or presses

Do market research to find out if there is a market for the service that you want to provide. Visit a local shopping mall and ask people if they would be interested in hiring you. Are there any other mobile laundromats in the area? If there are, you know there is a market in the area.

Find the right premises. This will depend on the size of operation that you want to start. Maybe you are planning to start small and you have the room to set up a couple of extra washing machines and a dryer in your home, but if you are thinking of a larger project you will need to buy or rent premises.

Apply for any permits that you will need before you start your business. The particular permits you need will vary from state to state, so check with City Hall to find out what you need. You must have the required permits before you start trading. You will also need to get an insurance policy that is adequate for your needs.

Buy or rent the machinery that you are going to need. You will need washing machines, dryers and ironing equipment. If you rent the equipment, the company you rent from will take care of maintenance on the machines, but if they are bought, you will be responsible for them after the initial warranty period is up .

Organize transportation if you plan to offer a pick-up and delivery service.

Work out exactly which services you are going to offer and how much you will charge for them. Are you going to charge by weight or by the number of garments? Will the customers have to sort their clothes prior to pick-up? When you have made these decisions, make a flyer listing what you offer and how much you will charge. The name of your business should also be on there.

Hand out the flyers in the area that you want to trade in. Hand them out in the street and drop them into the mailboxes of local homes. Place an ad in the local paper to let people know that you are there and what you do.

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