Starting A Laundry Business: Tips For Modern Laundrette Launchers

By Ella Woodward | laundry business | January 25, 2022

In the age of covid, more and more people are seeking reliable streams of income that can withstand the pressure the pandemic brings on business. Laundrettes are a profitable source of passive income and the laundromat industry in the US is worth $5bn, so it is no wonder people are turning to Laundrettes for their new business ventures. The Laundry business may be unknown territory to you, so before you rush off and buy a Laundrette, here are a few tips and tricks to help you get started and to maintain your business. 

Learn The Basics 

Before you begin trading, it is important you learn the basics of the industry. Many businesses fail because they start up without doing the proper research, so it is crucial you take the time you need to prepare. Research what area your business will make the most profit, look into apartment blocks that do not have Laundromats within the building and see if you can open your business nearby. Ensure there is a demand for your company.

Once you have selected the unit that will become your Laundrette, research what laundromat insurance you will need. Laundromat insurance is essential, as it will protect your business and cover you if any problems occur. 

Work With The Best Suppliers

Find out who supplies the best laundry machines and give them a call. Contacting them directly can be a good way to get the best deals and it automatically forms an important business connection. They also may be able to give you good pointers as to how to make the most of your Laundrette. 

Although buying the best machines will cost you money, it will save you thousands of dollars in the long run as they are less likely to require constant maintenance and repairs. Having said that, even the highest quality machines will need servicing or replacing at some point, so take the time to review your equipment regularly to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced. 

Create A Website

In the modern world, if a customer is looking for a Laundromat, they are going to search for one online. This means it is important for your business to have a good online presence and a good company name to go with it. There are many things that factor into a good name for a business; it needs to embody your brand and also be memorable. A mistake many businesses make is having a name that is easy to misspell, so it means they miss potential business because customers can’t find them online. Here is a list that can help you create a good name for your business.

Once you have your name sorted you can move on to creating your website. A good website needs to have a clean layout and be informative about your company. Customers must be able to navigate through your website easily and access your services quickly. For a Laundrette website you need to clearly state your opening hours and how much you charge. It would also be useful to have a ‘contact us’ form and your full contact details.

Establish A Business Model

There is no one way to run a Laundrette, so research the options available and decide on what will work best for you. Work out your business model; will your machines be coin-operated only, or will you invest in apps so customers can pay for their laundry online? You can also think of extras you can provide to your customers so you can make more profit. For example, you could offer a home delivery service, iron and folding service, or deals on certain services. These are all things you can do to make your Laundrette stand out from your competitors.

A clear and effective business model needs to be set up before you open. You need to know the ins and outs of your model to iron out any issues. Your first week of business may be stressful as you operate through your new venture, but if you are confident in your business model you can provide the best experience possible for your customers. 

Starting a new business can be daunting, as it requires a lot of work before you start to make any profit. If you are thinking of starting a Laundrette, you can use this as a guide to get you started. While there is a lot to think about, breaking things down into smaller steps can get you on the right path.