Start an Ironing Business
A lot of people are not averse to doing their
own laundry but when it comes to ironing their clothes, they
end up procrastinating because it can be a rather tedious chore
to perform. With so many clothes to iron in a single household,
you can certainly turn this to your advantage and provide a
reliable ironing business to assist people with this boring
task. Starting your own ironing business will prove to be very
beneficial to you in the long run, and your customers will
appreciate you for it. Here are some helpful hints that will
help you get started on your new ironing business.
Starting an ironing business will not cost
you an arm and leg. A budget of $200 to $300 is more than
enough to get all that you need in order to kick-start this
project. Equipment for your ironing business that you need to
invest in includes a good brand name steam iron. You may
consider getting a cordless iron so that your job can be done
quickly and without the hassle that comes with a long cord.
To make your ironing business more appealing,
don’t forget to buy a wide ironing board as well as ample
starch for your clients’ apparel. You may also want to provide
personalized bags complete with your ironing business logo, the
clients’ name and address to send clothes you have ironed for
them. And finally, if you are charging by weight, do invest in
trustworthy weighing equipment.
You will also be glad to know that you will
enjoy flexible working hours with your new ironing business.
You can either work at ironing clothes from 9 to 5, or you can
opt to divide your day whereby you will spend the first half
collecting your clients’ clothes or running errands for them.
The rest of the day will be dedicated to ironing and
Advertising and promotion are vital elements in
your new ironing business; therefore you should set part of
your startup fund for this purpose. Always remember that what
sets you apart from other ironing business establishments near
your area is your friendliness and personalized service.
Promoting your ironing business is easy once
you know the ropes. You can print brochures on A5-sized paper.
Whether you choose to print in black-and-white format or in
full color depends on your budget. Whatever your choice is, do
ensure that your message is clearly written. You can opt to
hire a good copywriter to churn out short but impact copy to
attract potential clients and drive them to your ironing
For those who are Internet-savvy, do make use
of your know-how by setting up a website to promote your
ironing business and attract potential customers. You can give
out special memberships and let your website members enjoy
discounts once they sign up with your ironing business. And if
you wish to let your rates do the talking, why not? While your
prices are competitive, there is no reason to sell yourself
short. Once you have a steady supply of customers, word of
mouth about your blossoming ironing business is more than
enough to get your profits rolling in.
It will be tough at first but once you
have set your mind and are determined to make your new ironing
business a success, the routine of your ironing business will
be second nature to you. Iron while you sit down or if you
prefer, you may ease your tired feet by standing on a large,
stable cushion. Invest in a carpet if you want to do neither,
as you can kneel occasionally on the plush carpet without
hurting your knees. Always keep a damp sponge or small rag
within reach. This is to assist you in eradicating dry creases.
All you need to do is gently blot or rub on the dry crease and
the fabric will be evenly dampened without getting too wet.
Your iron will sometimes tend to stick to soft
silky fabrics. If this happens too often, that delicate piece
of fabric might be destroyed in the ironing process. Save
yourself from the agony of being berated by your customer and
rub the bottom of the iron with a rag that has been sprinkled
with baby talcum powder. And lastly, once you are done with the
ironing and are ready to pack your clients’ clothes, do roll up
several plastic bags and fold the clothes on the spongy surface
to avoid unwanted creases.
To further expand your ironing business, you
can hire more assistants and get more equipment to open a
laundry service to accompany your ironing business. If you
don’t already provide a laundry service, you can offer a
delivery and collection service and charge a small fee for it.
Another great way to earn money once you expand your ironing
business is by making use of your skills to mend clothes. And
once you have adequate experience and expertise, why not sit
down and pen a comprehensive book on ironing tips? People who
are looking for a great home-based business are sure to find
your book helpful!