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It is estimated that 85% of Dry Cleaners in the US are
"mom and pop" type of operations. However, there are established dry
cleaning franchises that have developed a business model that small
business owners can follow and succeed. The franchising companies offer
training, marketing, and extensive training in the business. However, as
with most franchises, a percentage of sales must go to the franchisor in
addition to any initial fees. This business model is ideal for those who
might not have extensive experience in the industry and could benefit from
support and marketing provided with franchises.
Before starting a Car Was Business the
following should always be considered.
Return On Investment - ROI
As a rule of thumb, a Dry Cleaning Business that requires lot space and
substantial investments in equipment should aim for a 15-20% annual
return on investment or the equivalent of 5 to 7 years to recoup the
total initial investment. A small mobile Dry Cleaning business could see
it's total investment returned in 1 year due to the absence of the
substantial initial investment.
Dry Cleaning as a Part Time Business or Absentee Operation
You can run a Self Serve Dry Cleaning with as little as 3 hours per week,
mainly to check the condition of the self serve bays and to collect
money from the coin changers. This options is very attractive for people
who have other business to run or simply see this business as an extra
source of income. On a smaller scale, some people choose to have a
mobile Dry Cleaning and operate it on a part time business. Which is ideal
for a small operation that does not require a location or hired labor.
The amount of equipment in a Dry Cleaning Business is substantial and
therefore one is able to use depreciation of equipment against income,
which implies favorable tax benefits.
Dry Cleaninges in Times of Recession
Dry Cleaninges are not fully recession proof but people still enjoy having
their cars cleaned. Recessions usually force car owners, especially in
lower income brackets to cut back on expenses such as a Dry Cleaning.
However, Dry Cleaninges are seen as a necessity to many because of the self
image attached to one's car, therefore there will be always an abundant
supply of customers.
Dry Cleaning Business that are Self Serve are all car business, which in
itself is very attractive to many.
Labor Skill Requirements
Labor for Dry Cleaninges usually requires minimum skills, therefore labor
costs are on the low end and there is usually an abundant supply of
laborers. One can opt for part time workers or full time and equipment
repair can be done at reasonable prices.
Dry Cleaninges technically do not need much inventory as the machines are
the primary reason customers come to a Dry Cleaning. Inventory would include
car was soap, towel to dry cars, and other items to enhance cosmetics of
Easy to Sell
Dry Cleaninges are highly in demand because many people understand the
basics of operating a Dry Cleaning. Therefore, an advantage of having a
Dry Cleaning lies in the fact that one can sell it at an attractive price in a
relatively short amount of time.