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Laundry services is another good and profitable venture for any serious hard working entrepreneur. Any smart person can make money from the business and its very easy to start. The businesses that make millionaires their millions in most cases are not necessarily big business that take millions of dollars to start. Sometimes, it may just be ordinary services like the laundry services we are talking about here.

Dry Cleaning And Laundry Services

A Lady Dry Cleaner Ironing Her Customers Cloths

Haven’t you heard about a Lagos based Business Man who is making millions constantly from ‘SHIT’ business? So, if someone is making millions from human waste, imagine how much you could  be making from this if you do it well.

To wash and Iron a shirt, a dry cleaner will charge nothing less than N500. If you wash 20 shirts in a day, that will make you N500x20 = N10,000. The amount of money you make depends on you and how many regular customers you have.

SEE ALSO: How To Start Professional Cleaning (Janitorial) Services

If you are serious about starting a business right now, laundry services may just be one of the business you should give serious consideration. Besides, dry cleaning business is a very clean business that is respectable and dignifying and still brings good money. This is what make the business a must for smart people.

There are many types of laundry services, but for the purpose of this post and what I intends to explain, I am going to focus on home base dry cleaning and laundry services. The type you can start small and eventually expand to something big. You already know what Dry Cleaning is so lets go straight to what you would need to  get started.

What You Need To Start A Small Laundry Services

1. Wide Ironing Table: It is very important for your table to be wide enough, at least to give enough pressing space and convenience   as you will be handling large quantity of ironing. Do not use small table that will make your work inconvenient and eventually cause you some damages. Get a table that is smooth and wide enough, something like 4×6 feet.

Pressing/Ironing bench is the best choice for pressing cloths and it is the most convenient, more convenient than  regular tables. You can get it very cheap in the market or from electronics shops.

2. Good Pressing Iron:
Invest in quality pressing Iron for the sake of efficiency, and don’t forget you are handling people’s fabrics. Inefficient Iron could cause more trouble than gain by raking havoc on your customers cloths. Go for high quality, brand new Iron from known makers like Philips.

3. Garment Conveyor: You will need a garment conveyor for hanging finished clothes. Just get a nice locally made by furniture makers, but let it be wide enough to avoid stuffing cloths. The conveyor I am talking about is just a hanging stand, not the ones that convey cloths used by bigger dry cleaners. A local furniture maker will help you design your locally made one if you do not have money to buy standard conveyor.

Laundry Ironing Room

Laundry Ironing Room

4. BIG Washing Basins: You will need many of this to soak different colors and different types of materials separately. Be careful how you handle people’s fabrics so that you don’t go about paying for damages rather than making profits. Soak Jeans separately from other materials, soak whites cloths separate, and other colors too. Do not mix colors!

5. Industrial Laundry Detergent: Cleaning is technology, you need to master it with all sense of seriousness. Good cleaning detergent will go a long way to assist you in making thorough cleaning, and that in turn will bring more customers. Do not go for just any washing soap, go for high quality detergent that comes in quantity – you will be needing much quantity of it.

6. Space For Ironing: Spacious ironing environment will not only make your job faster and more comfortable, it will give you sense of balance and relaxed feelings. Devote big enough part of your home for it.

7. Other Items Like: Clothespins, Lines, and Drying space should be put in place as well. With all these ready, you’re good to go.

Start your marketing with words of mouth around your neighborhood, there are plenty people waiting to patronize you. Treat them well and you will have permanent customers who will ensure your profit daily.

As you go about your business, make sure you don’t over charge you customers. Moderate pricing ensures continuous patronage and sustainable venture. The real money comes from rendering good laundry services at affordable prices, that will make the customers come back again and again.

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  • Unknown November 15, 2013

    Thanks a lot for an awesome blog like this, i learned a lot… I was looking to start a laundry/drycleaning business. I need ideas on drycleaning i.e how it's done exactly


  • Anonymous December 13, 2013

    Great post! It would be great if you could do a detaiLed report on drycleani: chemicals used,stain removal,handLing,drying,ironing suitS,and pPAckaging.thannk you


  • Anonymous January 9, 2014

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  • desmond ibru June 2, 2014

    nice advanced.thank you.but for me already know in and out of the business,my problem now is the capital to start the business that is my problem,i really want to be on my own.AM Desmond


  • Adebeshin Lawal September 29, 2014

    Thanks for this beautiful piece. I will need your contact now as i have 500,000.00 to start the dry cleaning service.


  • Anonymous February 16, 2015

    Wow this is great


  • Anonymous June 29, 2015

    Thank u for this wonderful piece……..beautiful guideline


  • michael christopher November 19, 2015

    Thanks so much. I decided to google search this fantastic business because it's what am about to start. I have gotten vital clue on how to go about it. But one thing I expected to read about and it's not in your article is the ''washing machine.'' I wish to get information about it when next i visit this page. God bless.


  • Anonymous November 30, 2015

    That's awesome and interesting. I have to start the plans @ once.


  • Unknown December 19, 2015

    Nice advice, I'm about to get into loundry business here in my State Kano,so that is why I'm always online looking for ways to start my business. Aminu Alkali


  • abubakar aminu December 19, 2015

    About to take up by God's grace. Loundry business is really good and lucrative.


  • Charles Chukwu February 4, 2016

    Good delivery and directive but this business is still capital expensive to start whichever way you look at it but can I come for some period for tutelage and unpaid apprenticeship?


  • OLAYINA ISHOLA March 25, 2016

    This a an excellent write up. Thanks.


  • Eze imma don May 13, 2016

    Great lecture i enjoyed woW


  • Lucas Bamidele May 16, 2016

    The Laundry /drycleaning business has come of age in Nigeria, which is the more reason your write – up is so valuable. I run a consultancy service thatundertakes : Feasibility, Recruitment, Training, Equipment producement & Installation, Chemicals & application for stain treatment. I’m on.


  • REMI May 19, 2016

    Should incase,anyone here needs professional advice or guidance on laundry be it on identifying a good location,marketing strategy,recruitment,production,finishing,or you just want to visit an existing laundry factory.you can reach us on.


    • Favour Ayanlola June 25, 2016

      Mr remi, I need professional advice on how to start a laundry biz. Kindly contact me or send ur contact ayan.


    • Irene December 13, 2017

      I want to start dis laundry business. I am in Ghana Pls can you give some tips on how to start?


    • Omolara January 24, 2018

      I love to visit a dry cleaning store… I am in Lagos….


  • De Arahsons Log LTD May 27, 2016

    I have always enjoyed your Entrepreneurship encouragement and have read almost all your articles and will read more. Soon you will hear my testimonies and life stories. Let’s together encouraged our young entrepreneurs.


  • Abdullahi July 10, 2016

    This is a very wonderful passage it helps me a lot to have more hints on how to start my Dry cleaning Business.You can apply the steps they give to start what ever business. God Bless you all.


  • Ugojor July 15, 2016

    Thanks for this eye opener. Really have interest in this business. Did it a little at home without having a Shop before I traveled out of the country. But am thinking on starting it in a bigger way when I return. Can you please give a an estimate of how much it will cost to start up? God bless u


  • Aliu July 23, 2016

    Thanks. This is a very good hints. May you please discuss on chemicals for stain removal and the ideal washing machines? I am interested in starting the biz.
    Thank you and God bless.


  • Ajibodu Olutunde Solomon July 24, 2016

    Your post is very helpful. Thanks


  • Mr.Odezi Okpare August 12, 2016

    God bless u becus u just gave me insight and courage


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  • highrate February 19, 2017

    i need a professional dry cleaner in ogba, ikeja Lagos. if you are interested pls call


  • Oscar September 15, 2017

    You are too much, what more can I say, I love you sir


  • samuel January 31, 2018

    Honestly laundry is much more deeper and complicated than you can imagine,its not an akara frying business where risk is minimal some customers are very funny and you only get to know them when you spoil their garment,i have seen customers threaten staffs with loaded guns and all sort of things a customer can tell you that he/she bought her garment for #200,000 and you most pay for it .you need to know the basics of finishing (ironing),stain removal techniques,garment quality control,garment storage,care labels,packaging,laundry customer relations
    i am a proffessional dryCleaner with a strong passion for the job having worked with the very best and biggest names in the industries .my advise to entrepreneu,pls kindly be patient and take some time go close to those already in the business and learn {it will do you alot of good to avoid stories that touch}if you need me
    08080123111 samuel


  • Miracle April 15, 2018

    Thanks so much,I want open a laundry service in port harcourt,am confuse about which location to go for,and the requirements


  • Ralph Oluseyi May 16, 2018

    Thanks for this wonderful write up. I am about to kick start the business and stumble on the article is really amazing. God bless you for the insight sir. And @ Mr Samuel,I will definitely give you a call sir, need more advice and guidelines asap. Thanks in advance.


  • Kelvin May 17, 2018

    I would love to open my own laundry business in benin city


  • Samuel June 4, 2018

    Hello I’m Samuel Dare.
    I’m a novice in this Dry cleaning business.
    Would love to get to know the scope and techniques in this business.
    I have a washing machine,a big pressing iron,pressing table,etc.And there’s a car i can actually use to do home delivery.
    I want to start this at home first.So if there’s anyone here ready to give me some useful advice on how to start,here’s my contact details;08102951441.
    Samuel From Kola,Lagos State.


  • Omoruyi June 23, 2018

    I want start a dry cleaning services,can l do it along a teaching job


  • Chewang August 21, 2018

    Tq sir but I want to open a laundry so for that I need to ask do I have to wash clothes different ly example one at a time as if I put jeans than I can’t wash other things like pillow cover so how many machine should I apply


  • izudegreat December 27, 2018

    Datz great u have given me what am exactly looking for nice blog


  • wisdom February 2, 2019

    thanks a lot for this am already into it but just need more ideas to start mine


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