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How to Start a Laundry Business in Kenya

Vincent Nyoike
Vincent Nyoike Kenyan SMEs

Dirt is unavoidable and with tight working schedules, it is becoming difficult for people to wash their clothes. You can start a laundry business to target people with tight work schedules. It would be best if you got an excellent place to start your business. A laundry business is best suited for urban areas.

What Equipment You Need to Start a Laundry Business

You require the following equipment to start a laundry business in Kenya.

  • Washer. They are used in cleaning clothes. Get one that holds many garments. 
  • Dryer. It is used to remove moisture from clothes. Make sure to buy one that is energy efficient.
  • Pressing machine. It is used for pressing clothing materials.
  • Steamers. They are used in a commercial laundry to remove wrinkles from garments.

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Requirements of a Successful Landry Business

To start a successful dry cleaning business in Kenya, take the following steps.

Write a Laundry Business Plan 

The success of any business depends on how well it is planned. Write a business plan that provides correct and accurate details. Have accurate prices and the costs of dry cleaning equipment for your business.

It should also have a revenue projection for your business. It is unwise to start a business you are not sure how much it will be generating at the end of the month. A business plan is also essential to get funding for your business. Whether it is a loan from a financial institution or venture capitalist, you need to present your business plan. A strong business plan will help you to secure funds.

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Get the Relevant Business Permits and Licenses

You need to comply with the local and county regulations to excel in the laundry business. Otherwise, you will always have conflicts with the authorities. Visit the concerned authorities, whether at the county level or municipal level, to get permits and licenses.

The authorities will visit your premises for inspection before giving you the relevant permits and licenses. If you meet the requirements, you are sure to get business permits and licenses. They cost around Ksh 10,000 every year, depending on the nature of your business. 

Buy a Business Insurance

It is essential to get business insurance for the laundry business. The laundry equipment is expensive, and losing one can be a serious setback to your business. As such, you can insure your business against theft, damages from fires and floods, and other incidences. In case of any incidence, you will be compensated.

Business Location

Business location is always a significant factor in the success of any business. When selecting a business location, always consider the kind of customers you are targeting. To succeed in the laundry and cleaning services business, ensure that the places accessible and near homes, offices and establishments like hospitals. These are potential customers.

You also need to ensure that the business location friendly and there is a massive influx of people. Setting a business in a place where it is not visible is a step to failure. Rent a spacious room so that you have a cleaning room, storage room, and reception for sorting.

Buy Dry Cleaning and other Laundry Equipment

Buy the right cleaning equipment. Make sure to buy the equipment from reliable and reputable dealers. The equipment should be working correctly and durable.

If you do not have enough startup capital to purchase new equipment, you can start with second hand laundry cleaning equipment. They should be energy and water-efficient. It will help you to manage bills like water and electricity. Make sure to buy the best washing machine brand in Kenya. 

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Laundry Business Startup Cost in Kenya

To start a small laundry business, you require capital between Ksh 100,000 and 200,000. 

  • Washing Machine - Ksh 35,000
  • Iron Box - Ksh 2,500
  • Ironing stand - Ksh 2,000
  • Folding Table  - Ksh 12,000
  • Furniture - Ksh 10,000 
  • Interior Design - Ksh 10,000
  • Business permits - Ksh 5,000
  • Rent -Ksh 15,000

Hire Qualified Staff

To ensure that your current customers will come back, you need to offer quality services. As such, you need to hire qualified staff. They need to know to operate the machines, wash and iron clothes. With the best customers' experience, you will build trust with your customers.

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Market Your Business

Starting a new business is challenging during the initial days. It is because the business doesn't have customers yet. Therefore, you need to advertise it. Tell people what services you are offering and your location. You can use posters and business cards. Make sure to include your contact details.

Also, ensure that your dry cleaning business has a social media presence. It is a great way to reach more people. You can post pictures and show people the services you are offering. With time, you will start getting a flow of customers.