Here are just some of the key ways as to how to set up and run a laundry business a lot more effectively: |
When considering how to start an at home laundry business, you can decide to offer as many or as few services as you choose. For example, you may opt to limit your services to washing, drying and folding or hanging items. If you wish to make other services available--and possibly broaden your customer base--there are several to take into account including pick up and delivery service, hand scrubbing collars, stubborn stain removal, the use of green laundry products and ironing.
Another key part of deciding how to start an at home laundry business is establishing how much to charge. Determining your rates depends on several aspects of your services. You must factor in the costs you will incur, including wear and tear on your appliances, water, gas and electricity if you plan to launder the items in your home; the cost to use washers and dryers as well as gas and use of your vehicle if you plan to wash clothing at another location; laundry products such as stain treatments, soaps and softeners; and other costs such as hangers (if you plan to supply them) and laundry wrap such as plastic that dry cleaners use or butcher paper and twine. You will also need to determine how much to charge for your time. Calling other laundry services in your area and requesting quotes can help you determine a fair yet competitive rate. Many laundry services charge by the pound or load. You may also wish to create a "menu" of extra services that can be ordered "a'la carte," such as ironing, stain removal or pick up and delivery.
One way to advertise your home laundry business is to place an advertisement offering free laundry baskets or bags to a certain amount of customers who are the first to do business with you. Purchase or make decals or iron-on transfers with your name and phone number. Place the decals in the bottom of the laundry baskets or iron the transfers onto cloth laundry bags. You can set a special rate per basket or bag for a limited time, as well.
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