Mrs Akinboch Sarah, 45, worked with a reputable financial service firm in Port-Harcourt for 10 years without earning commensurate income to the kind of duties assigned to her within the years. She decided to quit when she realized her passion about cleaning and washing materials around her which could be turned to laundry business.
No doubt, Sarah and people like her are making headway in the business having combined a number of strategies, techniques and learnt what the business requires of them. Like other businesses, laundry services has models which should be followed for early high returns on investment. Mobile and static models are the two ways of operating the business either as sole ownership or through partnership structure. Mobile model affords the owners or workers opportunity of picking up customers’ clothes or materials at their workplace or residential place, while static model demands that the customers will patronize launderers at their business location.
This business is appropriate for working class professional who want to earn extra income, especially during weekends to supplement their monthly earnings. Graduates could also generate relative daily income from the business instead of searching for white collar jobs that are not always there. For the two models to be effective, the business needs to be located in a place strategic enough in reaching customers of different categories, the level of competition should be known while adequate capital should be available at least for the first two years of the take-off.
The basic laundry equipment for a start-up include washing machine, drier, spinning machine, pressing iron, dry cleaning machine, reliable power supply, starch, water, hangers and packaging materials. If you are starting the business on a small scale level, you only need some pressers, washer man and office assistants for the daily operations. Sarah generates about N50, 000 weekly after expenses incurred on running her business, which is home laundry services.