Monday, May 29, 2017
It's been three long years since our last seminar and a lot has changed. This time we will share with you more knowledge and strategies in running a successful and profitable laundry business the unconventional way. Reserve your seats now!
I. Introduction to the Laundry Business
II. Four Factors in the Cleaning Process
III. Care Labels Guide
IV. Laundry Shop Layout / Design
V. Overview of the Laundry Process
VI. Financial Aspects of Laundry Business
• Capitalization (Machines, Location, Staff Requirements, Supplies, etc.)
• Feasibility Study
• Break Even
• Return of Investment
VII. Detailed Discussion of the Laundry Work Flow
• Folding and Packing
VIII. Dry Cleaning and Wet Cleaning
IX. Safety Procedures
• Health and Safety
• Protective Clothing and Equipment
X. Laundry Chemicals / Other Supplies
XI. DIY vs. Full Service Laundry
XII. BONUS TOPICS:
How to choose the best machines.
Machine Price lists and Suppliers.
Finding a Location.
Different Marketing Strategies.
How to name your business.
Pricing and Quotation for corporate accounts.
How to hire employees,
How to Price your Services.
How to Register your Business
Actual demonstration – Folding and Packing of Personal Items
Household Items Folding Techniques, Area Rug Cleaning
Pressing Barong and Coat.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I have seen so many self service laundry shop everywhere. But what it takes to operate a successful self service laundry shop.? Self service laundry or DIY are a simple business which can be very profitable if you select a good location – and if you pay attention to the basics:
Successful self service laundry shop should be open long hours. Most customers work during the day and use the laundry at night or on the weekends. Take advantage of early morning wash dry fold business by opening at 7 am – no later than 8 am. We recommend staying open at least until 10 pm or even later, depending on your location and the hours of other stores in your area. Opening 24 hours a day is a good idea only if you are in a busy, well lighted, high traffic location.
We can’t stress this enough. Keep your shop squeaky clean. A neat, tidy laundry demonstrates your pride of ownership, attracts customers and is also safer for your employees and your customers. Make sure your attendant knows that mopping the floor, wiping down machines, cleaning the restrooms and keeping the front walk swept are part of her job description. Even if your store is unattended, it should still be kept clean. Stop in a few times a day to clean, or employ a janitorial service or a local resident to do this job.
Be competitive with your pricing. Check out your competition to be sure your self service laundry offers good value. Maintain a meaningful pricing ratio between your top loaders, double loaders, triple loaders and larger washers. Don’t forget to monitor the time you are giving per quarter on your dryers. Price your drop off services competitively as well.
Insist that your attendants are always pleasant, cheerful and courteous to your customers. You are in a service industry, and customers can easily switch to a nearby self service laundry shop if they are not treated well. Prompt refunds, assistance with machine selection, helping carry loads in and out, making change with a smile, and a cheerful hello and goodbye will pay big dividends. Don’t overlook customer service if you operate a self service laundry. Self-service customers need an easy and reliable method of receiving refunds when a machine or bill changer does not function properly. Provide your self-service customers with a way of contacting you – using a wall mounted mailbox for refund slips and for suggestions or comments works great and shows customers that you value them.
Keep your equipment running properly. Don’t have out of order signs all over your equipment. Promptly repair even the smallest things to prevent larger problems later. Never bypass safety devices, lid switches, door locks, etc. Customers don’t like to contend with washers that only work on hot, others that don’t spin out properly, dryers that only work on certain selections, etc. Keep your machines safe and working properly.
In summary, don’t try to complicate a simple business. Keep your laundry shop spotless, price your machines and services competitively, treat your customers great, keep your washers, dryers and vending machines working properly, and finally, keep your laundry open during the proper hours, to maximize your sales and profit.
Monday, April 3, 2017
It's been a long time since my last blog. I was too busy with my newborn baby and my new business. Appleberry was established last November 2016 we started just by making laundry bags and selling them in bulk. After giving birth I decided to make my own store but I can't actually put up a physical store yet since I need to take care of my little one so I decided to join in a bazaar to showcase our products. Most of our products are mainly laundry bags, shopping bag, drawstring bags and men's apparel. We also supply promotional bags and shirt in bulk for your corporate needs. To know more you can visit our site appleberryph.weebly.com