A commercial or industrial laundry is a great business idea. It is a all-season operative business plus no amount of slowdown or market crash can hinder this business, as people would always dirty laundry. So now that you have finalized the business, it is very important to evaluate and understand certain points to start a laundry business:
Make A Business Layout:
Before starting any business it is important to write and make up a blueprint of the same. Make a list of services that you would be catering to. In laundry these services can be pickup and delivery of laundry of wash and fold. Then you should identify the target audience or market, whether it is students, schools, restaurants, hotels, business officials, apartments, societies etc. Decide on who would need the laundry service more and who is most populace in your locality and then target them.
Then you need to research and develop a master plan against the competitors, how you can make a better offer than them. How can you improve your quality to make it better than the competition? Then make a list of supplies you would be needing like vending machines, detergents, dryers etc.
Select The Best Location:
Location is of paramount importance as it can make or break a business. Choose a place that is near to your targeted audience or group. A place where they can easily reach and are frequent visitors. Also select a place where there is ample parking space. A place which is clean and pollution free would create a customer delight. That would be good for your business.
Buy Necessary Supplies And Equipment:
Purchase the needed equipment and supplies and make sure to buy quality ones. Always look out for equipment which are quality wise good and are also cheap. For this you can look out for sale advertisements in the paper like ‘industrial dryers for sale’ and grab a good deal for you. You can also search in online auctions for decent deals. Always buy washers that are top load as they are cheaper and saves you money. The top loaders are very cheap than the front loaders which are twice or thrice the price. Plus always go for a card payment system instead of a change machine, as these are convenient plus help you keep a track of the transactions.
Take Necessary Registrations And Licenses:
Applying for appropriate licenses and registrations are very important. In the event of a customer dispute you would not be caught in the wrong foot. Take the health departments, fire departments, and water and air pollution licenses to be on the safer side. Also beforehand pay the waste water and sewer connection fee.
Do Good Marketing Of The Business:
Marketing of any business is the deal breaker. Without proper marketing any amount of good planning or superior quality service can go in drain. Advertise and target the local population as it would be your prime niche. This can be done by placing door hangers or fliers on the apartment’s flat doors. Offer discounts and loyalty bonus to the customers. Offer pick and drop facility if possible. Also place your offers in the morning papers of the locality. Lastly offer great customer facilities to the people visiting your laundry store like free Wi-Fi, coffee vending machines and couches.