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How to Start a Home Laundry Business

If you’re looking to start a home laundry business and are wondering how to get started, this article is for you. Keep reading to find out how to offer in-home and mobile laundry services and the trick to making scheduling laundry services easier. 

#1. Decide the types of laundry services you will offer

The first step to starting a home laundry business is deciding the types of laundry services you will offer. This includes whether you will do the laundry in the client’s home or pick it up and take it elsewhere to wash and drop back. 

Additionally, will you offer complimentary services such as ironing or minor repairs (missing buttons, broken zips, etc.)

At this stage, it’s helpful to look at what other laundry services in your area offer and determine which services are feasible for you, given your resources and budget. 

#2. Determine your pricing structure 

Once you know what services your laundry business will offer, the next step is deciding on your prices. To help with this, look at other laundry services in your area to get a range and calculate your fixed and variable expenses that need to be covered in your pricing

Your overheads will depend on whether you use the client’s machine or your own. It’s also important to factor in wear and tear if you’re using your own equipment and the cost of getting to and from the client’s location. 

Once you know your expenses, you must decide how to charge clients. Options include 

  • Per load 
  • Per item (more common with specialty fabrics or additional services such as ironing)
  • By weight ‍

You might also want to offer laundry packages, monthly memberships, or discounts for recurring services to increase the likelihood of earning repeat business

#3. Choose an appointment scheduling software to handle your logistics

The next step to starting a home laundry business is finding scheduling software to handle mobile appointments. MarketBox is the first appointment-scheduling software specifically designed for businesses offering in-home and mobile services. The software makes it easy for companies to manage provider logistics and enable clients to self-book and pay for appointments online. 

Book an introductory call with one of the team to learn more about how MarketBox can help you launch your laundry business. 

#4. Advertise your laundry business

Once you’ve figured out your pricing and chosen a scheduling software to handle your booking and scheduling, you’re ready to start advertising your new laundry business. Targeted ad campaigns on Google or Social Media can be highly effective if you have the budget. 

If you’re looking for free ways to advertise your laundry service, set up and optimize your Google Business Page, and enquire about advertising in local shops, community notice boards, or local Facebook groups. 

Also, consider establishing a referral program to encourage your customers to refer new clients. 

#5. Get the right insurance 

Although some may argue that insurance is optional, it’s highly recommended unless you’re comfortable paying for any damage to the client’s clothing. If you’re working in their home, you also need to be covered for any accidental damage to their property while on the job. 

If you’re unsure what insurance you need, it’s worth speaking to a professional to avoid making a potentially costly mistake. 

How to schedule home laundry services 

  1. Identify each employee’s availability for laundry services 
  2. Identify how far each person will travel for in-home appointments 
  3. Input the information into your chosen cleaning service software and let customers self-book 

It really is that easy.

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