Common Misconceptions About Owning a Laundromat

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If you’ve seriously considered investing in a laundromat but haven’t yet pulled the trigger, you may have some of the industry’s most prevalent myths to blame. These misconceptions have led many entrepreneurs to seek opportunities elsewhere despite the apparent success enjoyed by many laundromat owners. Fortunately, a majority of this misleading information is born out of inexperience and pure speculation. Those who have had boots on the ground would sing a different tune. To help dispel the prevailing rumors, let’s take a look at some common misconceptions of owning a laundromat.

It’s a one-time investment.

One of the more egregious falsehoods associated with owning a laundromat is the myth of the one-time investment. Whether this lie scared you into thinking laundromats were a get-rich-quick scheme or it convinced you to start investing right away, it’s important to set the record straight: laundromats require consistent investments. While your largest check will be written initially, you’ll still need to invest in routine things like rent, labor costs, parts, replacements, and utilities. Owners who refuse to put ongoing investments into their laundromat will encourage patrons to go to the next store.

I have to offer the cheapest services to remain competitive.

No laundromat can turn a profit by continuously lowering vending prices. Sure, this strategy may attract more customers in the short-run, but the surge isn’t going to last. And without the income to run routine maintenance and continuously improve your services, it won’t be long before any remaining customers turn to competing laundromats. Instead of scraping to offer the cheapest prices, owners need to have the perceived value and ability to support their vends. When clients see your services in prime condition and always in working order, the lowest price doesn’t play as large of a role.

Owning a laundromat is a passive effort.

When envisioning a laundromat, many wannabe owners entertain a dream of simply opening up their front doors and counting as the cash comes rolling in. In reality, laundromats require constant attention just like any other form of business. There are floors to clean, machines to repair, customers to deal with, and much more. Hiring a team to handle this regular upkeep is as close to a passive endeavor as owning a laundromat can become. As an owner, you’ll still be in charge of marketing the business through promotions, advertisements, and securing spots on laundry locators for greater exposure.

The brand of equipment I buy isn’t important.

Some people assume that all washers and dryers are the same. While it’s true that all functioning equipment will clean clothes, that isn’t the sole thing a laundromat owner should be worrying about. Other factors such as durability, energy efficiency, and reliability also play a major role in the overall success of your business. In order to optimize these variables, you have to rely on a brand of equipment that does more than just wash clothes. It’s an upfront investment that will end up saving you much more in the long run by avoiding repair and replacement costs, securing low utility fees, and increasing customer retention.

Equipment distributors are only motivated by profit.

It’s no secret that equipment distributors like to make money. After all, who doesn’t? The real misconception lies in what drives our profits. Many people wrongly assume that distributors only earn from selling their equipment to laundromat owners without any care for what follows. In reality, the success of your business helps to build our own. A happy customer means future contracts and the potential for other laundromat owners to take notice. Any distributor worth its salt will see you as a long-time partner, even during the non-buying phase.

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