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    12 Replies Latest reply on Aug 24, 2008 10:11 PM by snowball

    Laundromat Business

    LUCKIEST Guide
      Can you really make money in the laundry business?
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          Ed O'Gee Adventurer
          Not sure about laundry by you can make tons of money in the dry cleaning business. I once heard there are more America millionaires made from dry cleaners than any other business.
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            LT Lawn Care Wayfarer
            I also heard the same thing about dry cleaners, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Most people don't do their own dry cleaning, so it is a business which really has no slow period. If you find a good spot you can make real good money!
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              Score133 Adventurer
              You can make money in ANY business! You just have to have the right plan. Your first step has to be to create a comprehensive business plan. If you don't already have one, just go to or and download a business plan format. It's really a "roadmap" to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Without a plan, you'll be tempted to make decisions that may not be in the best interest of the business and will get your off focus. The business plan will enable you to evaluate your location, your demographics, your competiiton and most importantly, your financial situation. Can you survive until those quarters are coming in by the bagful? Yes, if you plan it properly. I'd also like to suggest you visit the SCORE Association website and look for a good (free) business counselor who has experience in the coin-operated laundromat business. Good luck!
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                DomainDiva Ranger
                You can make a lot of money in the laundromat business as well as the dry cleaning business..... Remember location...location....location.
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                  Sunkist Newbie
                  I have a client that makes a killing offering wash dry fold services. About 40% from drying cleaning and the rest from Wash/Dry/Fold.
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                    Laundry101 Newbie
                    yes you can, I am form a small town and most people are renters and the laundromat is the only one in the area and makes about 3.000.00 a week right. will make more once I upgrade it.
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                      PeoplePawn Wayfarer
                      +I'll probably be the first any only person to talk about this subject from an actual owner/operator perspective rather than the "speculative assumption" perspective. I actually created and developed a fresh multi-unit brand ( here in the Seattle area several years ago.+

             was my second successful multi-unit retail start-up. I experienced a successful exit strategy after working very hard on building the brand and the retail stores for almost 5-years. The brand is still alive and profitable for its new owners today.

                      I will start by saying..."proceed with caution". The laundromat industry and the dry cleaning industry are 2 separate consumer industries. There is an opportunity for overlap, but fundamentally a laundromat and dry cleaners have differentiating customer profiles.

                      Risk factors with laundromats:
                      *Increasing utility costs
                      *Ongoing maintenance costs
                      *Internal theft
                      *Internal property damage
                      *High store build out costs
                      *To "staff" or not to "staff" - the self-service risk!
                      *High lease costs for prime locations expressed as % revenues

                      Risk factors with dry cleaners:
                      *Increasingly difficult to find landlords that allow dry cleaning on site - due to EPA guidelines
                      *High labor costs - most items require individual preparation and hand finishing
                      *Risk level for item damages is high

                      That any other retail business the "secret sauce" to this industry like any other retail business is the store location as well as the market size. Laundromat customers need longer opening hours, more adjacent parking and are price sensitive. Dry cleaning customers are service sensitive. I built the brand incorporating dry-cleaning into the laundry business model. I also differentiated the brand from competitors by building big, bright and beautiful stores in high traffic retail corridors, with trained and uniformed staff on site every hour the stores were open, as well as offering all customers a no-coin automated branded pre-paid card system.....all equipment was brand new commercial size for customer convenience and we offered free TV, spotless bathrooms. a Kid's corner. free internet and monthly customer promotions.

                      If done right, you should receive a potential 30% net profit on revenues and a potential positive exit strategy. Just today, I received a telephone call from one of my old store managers that purchased a store from me...after three years he has paid off his store and was offered $500K for his business by a local broker that has a buyer.

                      So your could easily buy yourself a job....if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. Avoid all of the advice from the experts that have no experience or success in this field. You can do well, if you make the right decisions.


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                        snowball Wayfarer

                        Yes, the laundromat and dry cleaning both can make good money. The laundromat use less personnel
                        as compare to dry cleaning, also the customer is doing all the work whereby dry cleaning, you have to
                        deal with customer relationship onb a daily basis.

                        Key ingredients of sucess: Location, Right Size of Store, Equipment Mix and the most important is
                        how you treat your customers.