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Owning a laundromat business can be a low-maintenance operation, especially if your laundromat is a self-serve facility without a staff.

You can either buy an existing coin-op laundry business or start your business from scratch. Purchasing an existing operation can be easier, and start-up costs will vary, depending mainly on your location.

What About Location?

Location is important for a laundromat business. Convenience is a big factor for customers, so you want to be located in high-traffic residential areas and supply ample parking for customers. Close proximity to other services such as restaurants or shopping is can also determine the amount of customers you attract.

Factors to Consider:

You can operate a laundromat on a part-time basis, and this line of work offers a very flexible schedule. Many coin-op laundry owners run multiple shop locations, so you may decide to increase the number of facilities you operate as you grow your income. If you do not have mechanical skills, it may be a good idea to have a handyman or appliance repair person whom you can call when repairs are needed.

How to Keep Operating Costs Low and Profits Growing...

Customers generally want to pay the minimum to get their laundry cleaned, and with utility costs continually rising, you may find it challenging to stay competitive. It is worthwhile to look into using energy-efficient equipment and lighting in your facility.

To increase your profits while keeping your business low-maintenance, you can offer additional conveniences to customers like snacks or drinks or other vending machine items. To keep customers returning back, keep your building clean and repair equipment quickly.

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Although special education is not required to start a laundromat business, many business owners recommend talking with other coin-op entrepreneurs or getting advice from people experienced in this field before getting started.

Brooke Hodges shows you every aspect of BBB Accredited Businessstarting and running your own laundromat so you can avoid many of the costly mistakes new coin-op owners make. This is an easy way to minimize your risk and maximize your own success.

See what you get:

  • How to choose a profitable location and analyze the laundry competition in your area to know the best way to compete effectively.
  • How to put together a marketing plan, an advertising budget and consistently bring in new paying customers.
  • Licenses and permits you'll need, bookkeeping tips.
  • Practical, useful layout design tips, information on getting new and used equipment and supplies.

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Laundromat Business Resources:

Marketing Your Coin-Operated Laundry Business

Get Free Publicity
Write a one-page press release to your local paper announcing the grand opening of your new laundromat. See press release outlines to follow on this page: How to Get Free Publicity

Advertise with Signs
A laundromat located in a shopping center or on a busy street can use that free "traffic" to generate new revenue by using inexpensive signs. The key is that you want to have high-quality, attractive signs that grab people's attention - but you don't want to spend too much money. Find out how.

Advertise with Coupons
Who doesn't like saving money? Coupons can be a very effective way to bring attention to your coin laundry shop. Even when coupons are not redeemed, you receive exposure in newspapers, magazines, online or in neighborhood coupon mailers. Get details: Advertise with Coupons

Set up a website using a free website builder to advertise your laundromat. Help people find you in the search engines: get listed in 20 search engines for free or in 300 search engines for $4.

Local Search is becoming more and more popular. People are many times using online search instead of the traditional yellow pages to find local businesses. Local Search sources that are affordable and receive substantial traffic include: Google Local, Yelp, Super Pages and Insider Pages.

See Also: Business.com to get a $100 free advertising credit.

Laundromat Business Associations
  • Coin Laundry Association
    This group helps its members connect and network with other laundry business owners. They also provide help to members in reducing business costs and increasing company sales.
  • Coinwash
    Coinwash claims they are the largest online community for laundry professionals. It's a great place to get and share information about the business. They also have classified ad section where you can get discounted commercial washing machines, dryers and other equipment.
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