Laundry business sometimes referred to as dry cleaning business involves
the washing, drying and ironing of clothes and other textile materials for
individuals or companies. It is a very profitable low risk business anyone can
do for profit. You can start small and grow. You can do it as a part time
business or full time business. With low budget, you can start a successful
laundry business and grow.
With the population of Nigeria growing bigger every year and most people getting very busy at work, laundry business is very important. The average person leaves home very early in the morning and return late at night. Most work on Saturdays and Sunday is the only day available. But even on Sunday there are different matters to attend to. The tight schedule makes it very difficult to create a enough time to wash clothes. That is where laundry business comes to the rescue.
Everyone loves to wear clean and well
ironed clothes. Especially going out to work and occasions, it is very
important. For this reason, a dry cleaner will always be needed. It is a very
The good thing about laundry business is
you can start with no money! I mean even if you don’t have a kobo! You can
start with home service. We will talk about that later and also look at how to
set up your own laundry business.
WHY YOU SHOULD START
A LAUNDRY BUSINESS
1. You can start with no money (just
doing home service)
2. There are always customers if you
market your business well
3. The cost to set up is not much. You can
start small and grow
4. It is very profitable. You cam make a
lot of money from laundry business
5. You can start from your home if you
can’t afford a shop
6. You become a boss and stay in control
of your time
7. You can run it as a part time job in addition to your main job to raise extra income
HOW MUCH CAN YOU
MAKE FROM A LAUNDRY BUSINESS
You can make a lot of money from Laundry
business depending on how you set up and the scale. But for the purpose of this
article, let’s see how much you can make from running your own laundry
Let’s assume you charge N500 to wash and
iron a shirt. You can charge more or less, it all depends on the location of
your business. In a day, you wash about 20 shirts. That is 20 x 500 = N10, 000.
Assuming you also wash suits and you
charge N1500 for that. In a day, you wash up to 10 suits. That is 10 X 1500 =
From the above, washing shirts and suits
can make you N25, 500 every day. That will be N175,000 in a week and N700, 000
But this is just a peek into it. You can
make ten times of that or even lower. It all depends on how you run your
business. You can make millions a month.
STEPS IN SETTING UP
A LAUNDRY BUSINESS
You can follow the following steps to
start a laundry business in Nigeria:
1 .FIND A GOOD BUSINESS LOCATION
A good business location is very important to your laundry business. Where
your business is located can help it tremendously. It is advisable to find a
location with less competition. If you can find a place where there is no much
competition of big players, it will be good. However, it should not be a write
off as you can win over customers with your good service.
Consider locations in open places.
Places that are close to the road where people can see and notice your business
when passing. That means the place should be a busy place where people coming
from work or going pass through.
It should be in a residential areas,
that is places where people are living. An estate is a good place but it should
be at a place where people pass through a lot.
Also note that the geographical location
can influence how much you charge. If your location is in a high income
neigbourhood, then you will charge more money. However, your rent will be
Operating a dry cleaning business may
require that you register your business and get some permits. But this will
depend a lot on location. While regulation of dry cleaning business is common
in the western world, in Nigeria is it not so. But you may still have to get
Depending on your location, you may have
to pay some levies. Like local government levy and all that. Find out and make
sure you settle it all to avoid any sort of interference in the running of your
3.BUY THE necessary
EQUIPMENTS NEEDED TO START
Your next step is to acquire the
equipment you will need to get your laundry business started. The equipment you
buy will depend on the scale you want to operate. If you do not have the money
to buy the big equipment you can buy the ones you can and start small. If you
cannot afford a washing machine, you can decide to wash with hand and then buy
iron, soaps and other items.
Here the equipment needed to start a
detergent: Don’t just buy
any the detergent, buy the ones used by dry cleaners Washing
machines: There are
different grades, look for the one you can afford that is quality Washing
Basins: You will need it to soak clothes
and for other uses Pressing
Iron: A quality iron that has good
customization features for different materials Ironing
table: Where you can comfortable iron
Conveyor: This is what you
use to hang cloths. Get a carpenter to make one Starch: A lot of customers will request for it to add beauty to
their cloth Water: You will need a source of water. If there is no water
supply, you can buy a thank and store water Power
Generator: As electricity
is not reliable, you will need a good generator that can carry your equipment
just in case Nylon
and tags: You will need
nylon to package the ironed cloths. You will also need tags to tag the clothes
so you don’t mix things up Shelves: You will need shelves to keep the ironed and packaged
cloth in order.
There are other items you may need.
These are the basics.
. 4.MARKET YOUR
At this point your business is all set and ready. You should focus on m your business. This is what will bring customers to you and ultimately help you make money. Don’t over look it, put a lot of energy into marketing.
Here are ways you can market you laundry
Put a sign post outside the shop to let people know what you do Use social media. People spend most of their time these days on social media, why not use it to promote your business? Offer promotions and discount. People love discounts, offer a discount like 20% off. Print flyers and share in your neigbourhood Word of mouth. Tell people you know and urge them to help you tell their friends Do home delivery and pick up. You can offer to go pick up clothes and deliver them after washing, all your customers need to do is call you Go to offices and inform the workers of your services Be fair in your prices.
RUNNING A LAUNDRY
As mentioned earlier, you can start a
laundry business with no money! If you are looking at the cost of starting
a laundry business in Nigeria and the equipment needed to start a laundry
business but your account balance cannot carry it, you can still start with no
You can start small then save up and run
a proper laundry business. Starting a dry cleaning business with no money is
all about moving from house to house and doing the washing and ironing.
Your customers provides everything from water to soap and the basins you need.
This used to be very common in wealthy
areas. In Lagos, it is common in premium places. People go weekends to wash and
iron for people and get paid handsomely. But it has spread everywhere.
Where I live currently, there is a woman
who comes around weekends. Wash cloths for some neigbours. Of course, they
provide her water and everything. After she has completed her duty, gets paid
All you have to do is package yourself.
Approach people. Your target should be families whose both parents are working.
Offer to come to the house weekend or any day to wash and iron their
clothes. As you find customers, they will tell others.
A lot of people actually prefer this,
since it happens in their home and their cloths won’t get lost in the laundry