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Urban life in today’s world is fast-paced and cramped with a lot of activity. That’s what it looks like for people who have to work on weekdays and attend functions on weekends. A significant portion of this population barely has time for even the basic chores—including washing their own clothes.

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Laundry businesses exist to help people in this situation. They wash, dry and iron customers’ clothes, making them ready for use in the weeks that follow. It’s a service that many city dwellers have come to appreciate. It allows them to spend more time on other important tasks.

The demand for laundry services in many urban districts is high, so you can make a good deal of money from offering them. If you’d like to start a profitable laundry business in Nigeria, here’s how to go about it.

Find Out All You Can

Your first step should be to learn all that you can about the business. The more you know about running it, the better you’ll be at making it work. Talk with people who already own laundry businesses, and find out what it takes to succeed at it.

You might think that managing an enterprise of this sort doesn’t require any special skills. In reality, you could struggle to scale it if you haven’t sought useful information from persons who have run the business for years.

Decide On A Location

It’s true that there’s a high demand for laundry services in many parts of Nigeria. But this demand isn’t uniformly spread across the country. It’s not even the same at all locations in your town or city. This is also true for the supply of the service. Some districts don’t have enough laundry outfits to cater to their residents’ needs. Others have more than what’s required.

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You will want to target neighbourhoods where there’s a lot of demand for your service. And if you’re setting up a physical location, make sure potential customers can easily find it. If you can, have it sited in or around a high traffic area, preferably along a major street or road. It should also not be far away from a residential district, where many of your customers may come from.

Register Your Business

Register your business with the appropriate authorities. This will keep you on the right side of the law, and prevent you from incurring significant penalties. The bodies you need to register with may depend on what’s required in your district and state.

Keep documents that prove that you have paid the necessary registration fees. They will come in handy when local authorities seek evidence of your business’s legal status.

Acquire The Items You Need

Next, purchase the equipment and other materials you’ll need to run your business. Some of these items include detergents, washing basis, washing machines, pressing iron, ironing board, and shelves. If you can’t afford a washing machine yet, you may wash manually until you’ve saved up enough to buy one.

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You should also consider getting a power generator, as the power supply from the public grid may not be reliable. You will need a water supply too. Get packaging nylon (for the clothes you’ve washed), cloth hangers, hanger racks, and shelves as well.

Promote Your Business

If you’ve gone through the previous steps, you’ll be ready to start your laundry business.

But don’t just wait for customers to begin patronizing you. Let your family, friends, acquaintances, and other contacts know that you’ve launched. Perhaps they (or people they know) would want to use your services. Set up signboards close to your location, and make them visible to people who may pass by.

You can also attract potential customers online. Get the word out on social media. Add your business to Google maps. And get listed on online directories, like Connect Nigeria’s online portal.

Final Words

The laundry business promises decent profits for people who run it properly. With smart planning, diligent execution and persistent marketing, you could make your own laundry business successful.

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This article was first published on 11th June 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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