At Laundrylux, we are passionate about the laundry industry, and we are even more passionate about helping entrepreneurs build successful laundromat businesses. For the past year, we’ve been publishing posts in our How to Start a Laundromat Series — a collection of introductory blog posts for entrepreneurs interested in the coin laundry business.
In this post, we’ve put together a handy overview of the series so far. You can read this post in its entirety or follow the links to dive deeper into any subjects that interest you. Dive in!
Getting Started in The Laundromat Business
Is the Laundromat Business Right for You?
A laundromat is a steady, recession-resistant business with a healthy average return on investment and is easily scalable. Sounds good, right? But what type of coin laundry business should you open — fully-staffed or self-service — and what factors required in a laundromat investment?
Ready to get started? Find out if the coin laundry business is right for you.
How Demographics Can Shape Your Business Model
A laundromat owner can be successful in any neighborhood, but knowing a little about your area’s demographics can help you tailor your laundry services to your customers.
Traditionally, areas with a high percentage of renters and residents in middle or lower income brackets have been great locations for coin laundry stores. But the industry has changed a lot in recent years, and many new opportunities have opened up for laundromat owners. A little knowledge about demographics will help you make the best decision when choosing your neighborhood.
Want to discover more about your customers? Learn about how neighborhood demographics affect laundromat owners.
How to Pick the Right Location for Your Laundromat
Once you have decided on a neighborhood, you’ll need to dig a little deeper and focus on pinning down the right location for your laundromat. Make sure you take your time with this decision. Even if you do everything else right, if your store is hard to discover or awkward for your customers to get to, you will find it difficult to build a successful coin laundry business.
Want tips to help decide the best street for your store? Learn more about choosing the right laundromat location.
Understanding the Most Profitable Services for Your Laundromat Business
Every laundromat offers self-service laundry, and many store owners build profitable businesses based solely on this service. Based on the makeup of your neighborhood however, it may be profitable to offer other laundry services to laundromat customers, too! Wash-and-fold and laundry delivery are very valuable services for busy working families and anyone looking to save some time in their schedule. And if there are small businesses in your area, why not offer a commercial laundry service?
Need help selecting from wash-and-fold to commercial laundry and delivery? Discover which services would be most profitable for your laundromat.
Selecting Your Equipment & Creating Your Store Layout
Choosing the Best Coin Washers for Your Laundromat
There is a lot to think about when choosing the best coin washers for your store. Thankfully, you can always rely on the quality and energy savings provided by Electrolux Professional, so all you need to decide is which Electrolux coin washers are best for your store. Capacity, speed, energy savings, water savings, and additional features are all important factors when choosing your washers. Our blog post on choosing the best coin washers for your business is a great place to start, but for a solution tailored to your business, contact Laundrylux to talk to a laundromat expert.
What mix of Electrolux Professional washers is best for your store? Learn how to choose the best coin washers for your laundromat.
Choosing the Best Coin Dryers for Your Laundromat
Once you’ve selected the right mix of Electrolux Professional coin washers for your store, it’s time to choose the right mix of dryers to go with them. Electrolux Professional coin dryers come in single-pocket and stacked configurations for extra space savings. Of course, because they are Electrolux dryers, they are packed with energy savings — good for the environment and for your business’s running costs.
Ready to select your Electrolux Professional coin dryers? Learn how to choose the right mix of coin dryers.
How to Create the Best Laundromat Layout & Design
Now that you have selected which Electrolux Professional washers and dryers are right for your store, you’ll need to think about laundromat layout and design. Your customers will be spending time in your laundromat while they wait for their wash to finish. A smart design and layout of your store will make it a pleasant and functional space for your customers — making it much more likely that they will become regulars at your laundromat.
Want to learn more? Learn how to create the best laundromat layout & design.
How To Choose The Best Laundromat Accessories
Together with good laundromat design, the right laundromat accessories can help to make your customers’ time in your store as convenient and comfortable as possible. From comfortable seating to functional folding tables, laundry carts, and vending machines, you’ll need to make sure that your store has all of the ancillary items to help your customers get their laundry done quickly and in a pleasant environment.
Ready to select laundry carts and other ancillary items? Get tips on choosing the right laundromat accessories for your store.
Taking Advantage of the Latest Laundromat Management Technology
Selecting the Best Laundromat Payment System for Your Store
Wait — you might think — it’s the coin laundry business. Don’t I just get paid in quarters? Well, coin payment is the traditional option, but there are alternatives like payment cards and LaundryPay — the payment app exclusively available on Electrolux and Wascomat coin laundry equipment. LaundryPay cuts out many of the inconveniences and security problems of dealing with coins. It also comes with a host of extra features for your customers. Users can check machine availability, earn reward points, and much more.
Ready to choose between coins, cards, and LaundryPay? Learn more about laundromat payment systems.
LaundryPulse Can Help You Manage Your Laundromat Businesses
LaundryPulse is the digital laundromat management system designed and built by the coin laundry experts at Laundrylux. With LaundryPulse you can manage your store on the go from your phone or laptop. This powerful management software lets you instantly implement store-wide pricing strategies, monitor your equipment, and get a bird’s eye view with powerful statistical analyses. You’ll see which machines are most popular in your store, allowing you to service your equipment only when needed. You’ll also be able to see your busiest periods, helping you to make informed staffing and pricing decisions.
Interested in laundromat management software? Learn about the powerful benefits of LaundryPulse.
Ready to take the next step? Laundrylux can help you open a successful laundromat business. Contact our laundry experts today!
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★ Discover LaundryPay! Visit laundrypayapp.com to learn more about the ultimate laundromat payment system.