Neatly pressed clothes make a good impression, but many people often find that they lack the time or patience to keep their wardrobe wrinkle-free. As a result, many are choosing to hire out someone to do the job for them. This growing demand provides a great opportunity for you to set up your own at-home ironing business.
To set up your own ironing business, you will need to do the following:
1. Acquire the equipment needed to set up your business. If you are unable to obtain the equipment from your clients, then you will need clothes hangers, an iron or two, ironing board, a water spray bottle and starch. You will need a good quality iron that offers plenty of features, such as steam, no steam different heat settings for different types of clothes fabrics and safety features such as automatic shut off. Your ironing board should be sturdy to prevent it from tipping over or wobbling and must be adjusted to a height that is right for you. If you are planning to use wire hangers, then you may wish to use covers to ensure that the clothes are kept protected from the metal.
2. Decide on what services your at-home ironing business will include. What items of clothing will you include? Will your services just cover professional items such as dress shirts or will you expand it to drapes and household items such as table clothes?
3. Do some market research. Find out if there are people in your area that would benefit from your service and whether or not they would pay. People that require their clothes to be pressed regularly, such as professionals or military personnel are the ones to aim for. Consider browsing your phone book or researching other ironing business online, as this will give you an idea of what services they offer and the type of people they provide their services for.
4. Start setting up your business. You will need to decide on a name for your business and what type of business it will be. Will you be the sole proprietor? Or will you be a Limited Liability Company? (LLC). If you are planning to be the sole proprietor, then your business will be much easier to set up and run, as there is less paperwork involved. However, becoming an LLC will also provide you with a number of advantages, including tax advantages and protection of your personal assets during lawsuits. Once you have decided what type of business you will be, you will need to obtain the licenses and permits that are needed for your city or country in order to get properly set up.
5. Decide what your rates will be. How much will you charge for each item that you iron? Will you offer discounts for those that use your services regularly?
6. Promote your business. Decide whether or not you will use business cards, fliers or both, and once you have created them, start distributing them in areas where your target market will see them. Place your cards or fliers in stores and consider placing an advert in your local newspaper. If you haven’t already done so, phone or email your friends, family and other contacts to make them aware of your business.
7. Start your at-home ironing business. Issue a press release to your local newspapers and other media. Request referrals from clients that are happy with your services.
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