In this article, you will learn how to start a small scale laundry business in Nigeria. I do not know the business you have in mind but if you are thinking of a small scale business that can give you good returns without huge capital, I think you should consider starting a small scale laundry business. As this can sustain you during and after the COVID -19 pandemic.
Starting a small scale laundry business in Nigeria is not difficult if you know how to go about it. This is one business that can continue to put money in your pocket, knowing that people wear clothes every day and because some of these people hardly find time for themselves due to their tight schedule at their places of work and business, they need people to do their laundry for them.
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That said, let’s see how you can start a small scale laundry business in Nigeria without breaking a bank. Since we know that everyone wears clothes, and these clothes need to be washed. As a matter of fact, you know very well that some of these people take their clothes to dry cleaners to do their laundry for them. Below are a few tips you need to get started.
Start From Your Neighbourhood
Since you know that some people in your neighbourhood have laundry shops where they take their clothes, and you just starting your laundry business. You can go to people within your neighbourhood and let them know you have started a laundry business. Now, it’s important you make your research and get information about your competitors. This may include prices, incentives, customer relationships, and more. With that information, you will discover what they are not doing. Take advantage of their weak areas and do what they are not doing. This will help you get started on the right footing and win their customers.
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Look for Uniformed Personnel
We all know that uniform personnel like police, custom, army, navy, air force, road safety, environmental health officers, nurses, doctors lawyers, and their likes, always wear uniforms. So, if you can have access to such officers within your vicinity and get them to trust you with their uniforms, you will have a strong customer base. Because they will always call you to come and pick up their dirty uniforms. You also know that they wear their uniforms or lab coats (in the case of doctors and other medical personnel) almost every day.
After your first transaction with them, if they like your services, they will refer you to their friends and colleagues and in the process, you will increase your customer base.
What You Needed to Start a Small Scale Laundry Business in Nigeria
To start a successful laundry business, you need a few things that will not cost you much. Below are some of the basic things you will need for a small scale laundry business.
1. Washing Machine (you can get a fairly used one)
2. Pressing Iron
3. Pressing Board
4. Laundry detergent (persil)
5. Tablet Soap.
7. Nylon for packaging
8. Shop (optional)
Please note, if you have enough space in your apartment t, you are good to go. You may not need to pay for a shop, because if you pay for a shop when you don’t have huge capital, you would end up enriching your landlord and not make money for yourself. So you can make do with what you have by using a part of your apartment. You can decide to pay for a shop as your business expands. But to start, it’s OK to start from home.
A True Life Story of a Laundryman I Know
Before I bring this article to an end, I want to tell you a true-life story of a laundryman I know.
There is this young graduate who is a member of my church. This guy was about 25 when he started his laundry business. The young man started the business when he was still schooling in one of the tertiary institutions in Lagos.
He started his business by talking to custom and police officers within his vicinity. He would collect their uniforms, wash and press them for them, and in turn, they would pay him. As more and more people came to know about him, they started giving him their uniforms. At first, he started washing with his hands, till he was able to buy a washing machine and a drier, till this moment I’m writing this article, this guy is still doing his business from home.
The young man graduated from school two years ago and just completed his youth service this year. His laundry business, with a small job, saw him through school without a shop and he still makes a lot of money from it.
So you see? It’s not difficult to start a small scale laundry business in Nigeria. Especially, during this period of corona virus. You can make money, by starting your own small scale laundry business.
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