A laundry shop business can be an excellent idea, especially for those living in cities as there are a lot of people who are too busy with their jobs and families to deal with their laundry themselves.
This type of business often needs a huge capital because of the equipment needed. Because you need to put up a big amount of money for your laundry business, it is best that you make a feasibility study before buying the equipment and starting your business to determine the likelihood of your business’ success. This should be the first step to take!
If the feasibility study comes out positive, then it is time to start working on your laundry shop.
Determine the location of the shop. Depending on the type and number of equipment or machines you choose, you might not even need a large area for your business. Although it is possible that you can start your business at home, this might not be a good idea if your house is out of the way or does not have ample space for the equipment.
You would need at least one washing machine and one dryer but the more you can place in your shop, the better – especially when the business picks up and you get a lot of clients. You must also have space for at least one large sink connected to ample supply of water.
In your shop, create a space (front desk) for accepting clients’ laundry, a separate space for washing and drying, and a separate space for the clean clothes and the ones ready for pick up.
Determine whether you can provide extra services, such as ironing or dry cleaning.
The next step is to hire your staff and train them.
Make sure to find ways to ensure that customers’ clothes do not get mixed up with the others or you’ll swiftly be losing clients!
It is also important to remember that you need to register your business with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the local government unit before or within a week after you open your shop.
If you’ve done all these, then you can open your laundry shop and start accepting clients. Don’t forget to advertise your shop.
Good luck on your new business!
- Use good detergent, if possible liquid, because powder detergent has sulfates than can act as a sort of cement and deposits in the machines.
- Use cash wisely, buy the machines first then perhaps invest in a good sign.
- Use a good system since laundry shops are really small factories. You need to be able to see what’s going on through visual cues.
- If you have hard water, increase your detergent dosing since calcium and magnesium will ‘steal’ the detergent away from the dirt.