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Business Plan, Cash Flow And The Right Equipment – A Great Place To Start

Are you tired of sitting behind a computer for a living? Are you looking for something more challenging where you are in control, making the big decisions and reaping the rewards? Setting up your own laundromat business is a potentially lucrative alternative to working for an employer.

Is a Laundromat a Good Start-up Business?

Of course, you will need some business acumen, enough start-up capital to maintain cash flow until the business is established and most important, the right location, However, with a sound business plan and some financial backing, a laundromat is a very desirable way to enter the world of the self-employed. It is where many of our clients started out and became successful.

Get the Right Equipment for Your Business Model

Apart from suitable premises in the right location, you will also need the right equipment. There are so many different types of laundromat equipment on the market that on first investigation, it might seem too hard to choose. What you need to look at is the type of laundry you want to establish, and then choose the equipment that suits your business model.

Choose the Right Equipment for the Size of the Business

For example, large industrial laundries servicing hotels, hospitals, aged care facilities and similar institutions use equipment that is specifically designed for twenty-four-hour, high capacity and heavy-duty use. A commercial laundromat starting up in a local shopping centre would need a completely different range and capacity of equipment.

Here at NLE Commercial we offer a range of washers and dryers suitable for setting up a new laundromat. We specialise in leading brands such as Girbau, Forenta and ADC washers and dryers, and our coin-operated and non-coin operated top loaders are especially suitable for the local commercial laundromat. We also offer 24-hour backup support including spare parts and the expertise of our trained technicians.

Have Some Backup Support Just in Case

Having this type of support service is just as important as having the right equipment. A laundromat will only make a profit if all the machines are operating most of the time. Break-downs affect cash flow, so knowing that your equipment supplier is also there to get things going again quickly is something as important to consider as their equipment range and their prices.

Could an Ironer be a Point of Difference?

Depending on the size of your premises, you could also consider providing an ironer. In a suburban laundromat, this could be a point of difference from your competitors. Busy people may like completing all their laundry tasks at the laundromat, rather than taking home a basket of ironing.

Remember, do your business plan first and this will help you decide on the size and type of laundry equipment you need. When you are ready, give us a call and we will help you do the rest.

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Thinking About Starting A New Business? Think Laundromats!

Laundromats are having something of a resurgence in today’s world, and it has never been a better time to be considering the laundromat business as a growth opportunity. However, as with any business venture, especially one like this that is attracting young entrepreneurs chasing passive income, caution is advised.

Start with a Fully Costed Business Plan

There are five key things that anyone looking at laundromats as an opportunity should consider. The first is a well thought out, researched and costed business plan. The obvious place to start is with the equipment, so research the prices of washing machines and dryers.

Your costings should also include fixed expenses such as rent and/or lease fees, and variable expenses like power and water charges. Once you have all your costs, work out a price per load and you should be able to calculate your potential profit.

All Good Businesses Start with the Perfect Location

Look at where all the competing laundromats are located and find areas where there is none. A good rule of thumb is to rule out any suburb that already has two or more laundromats. Often, higher income areas are forgotten when it comes to placing a laundromat, so these are perfect opportunities to establish a business serving a different type of clientele.

What is the Competition Doing?

If there is any competition close by, it is worth a look to see what they are offering and how your business can establish a “point of difference”. Are they in an area that would respond to promoting new, energy-saving eco-friendly machines? Do they have comfortable seating complete with free Wi-Fi? Are the premises always clean, fresh and well-maintained?

Source the Best Washing Machines and Dryers

Here at NLE Commercial, we have a comprehensive range of Girbau, ADC and Forenta machines including both coin-operated and non-coin operated options. These are perfect for the commercial end user and the purchase is backed up by a 24-hour service by our fully trained technicians. When you use our equipment for your new laundromat, your machines will be at maximum operational level.

Be Prepared to Offer Special Services

The best maintained laundries employ an attendant to keep them clean and safe, but this leaves scope for you to offer a drop-off service for busy and stressed out customers who live close by. You could also install a small snack and coffee bar for their convenience. These additional services will keep your attendant fully productive and be that “point of difference” that makes your laundry different from the competition.

Our economic dynamics are rapidly changing, and one of the biggest growth areas is in services. If you can strike the right mix of location, pricing and service, we believe that specialised, suburban laundromats that offer more than just a row of machines are the perfect semi-passive income generator.

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Want To Be A Registered Cable Installer?

The roll-out of the NBN (National Broadband Network) in Australia is just one of many projects that have seen increased demand in recent years for technicians skilled in the installation of data and communication equipment. Companies involved in this industry have sought these skills through immigration, by providing upskilling opportunities to existing staff and by active participation in apprenticeship and other national training programs.

Recognised Licensing Processes Build Consumer Trust

Like many other industries where the integrity of technical qualifications is essential to build consumer trust, having a recognised licensing scheme in place was a high priority. Prior to 1 July 2005, the administration of the registration process came under the control of the ACA (Australian Communications Authority), but on that date, the ACA became the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority).

Memorandum of Understanding Ensures Continuity

Under a Memorandum of Understanding between the ACA and the ACIF (Australian Communications Industry Forum), any reference to the ACA was then continued to be in effect under the name of the ACMA. This included the revision of relevant Australian Standards and the process and validation of those technicians wishing to be recognised as accredited cable installers.

At NLE Commercial, we supply and install Cat 5 and Cat 6 outlets, data networking and communications systems, fibre optics and all electrical cabling. All our work is performed by licensed ACA (ACMA) installers and we assure the quality of our work by offering our clients a twelve-month guarantee on all electrical work.

Three Different Types of Registration

There are three types of registration defined under the Cabling Provider Rules. The open registration is essential for people wanting to work in both commercial and domestic premises. The restricted registration is sufficient for working in domestic or small business premises and the lift registration is an add-on to an already existing electrical qualification.

Formal Training and Completion of Supervised, Practical Work Required

Each of these registration categories carries its own requirements for formal qualifications and on-the-job experience. Eligibility for an open cabling registration requires the completion of a suitable training course with an RTO (registered training organisation), and 360 hours of supervised, practical cabling work. The restricted registration also requires completion of a suitable training course but the number of hours of supervised, practical cabling work is reduced to 80.

Choose from Five ACMA-accredited Registrars

On completion of the required training and practical skills application, you can apply to any one of the five ACMA-accredited registrars for your cabling registration. You will need to provide proof of successful completion of training and pay a registration fee. Additional information is available on the ACMA website.

By employing only qualified and registered installers, we are protecting our clients from shoddy workmanship that could damage their equipment and reputation.

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Top Quality Laundry Equipment Always In Demand

Large commercial and industrial laundries have high volumes of products going through their machines, often on a twenty-four hour a day cycle. The demand for a continuous supply of clean laundry by hotels, hospitals, care facilities and similar clientele can only be met by laundries with machinery of the highest quality.

A Highly Regarded Laundry Equipment Brand

There are a number of different brands of laundry equipment used by the industry, and one that is highly regarded is Girbau. The company operates world-wide with its subsidiary, Girbau Australia, servicing all metropolitan, rural and remote areas in the country as well as the Pacific region.

At NLE Commercial, we supply and service laundry equipment, including Girbau washers, dryers, ironers, flatwork feeders, automatic folders and stackers, laundry trolleys, finishing equipment and accessories. We also offer our clients a 24-hour service for our laundry equipment, and we keep a stock of spare parts on hand for all our brands, including Girbau.

Products Backed by International Manufacturing Company

From our dealings with Girbau, there are a few things we can tell you about their products and service. Firstly, they are a family company that is now one of the major international manufacturers of laundry equipment. They lead the way with innovation and the diversity of their product offering.

Two Separate Divisions – No Production Conflicts

Secondly, their business is divided into two separate divisions, one for commercial laundries and the other for industrial laundries. The commercial laundry division makes products specifically for small to medium businesses, while the industrial laundry division concentrates on laundries with large, high-volume production requirements. In this way, there is no conflict between the two different types of products, as each has its own manufacturing and distribution base, separate from each other.

Focus on Innovation

Another interesting fact is that their focus on innovation has produced a vacuum load dryer that is faster than any other conventional dryer. The ST-1300 completes a drying cycle in 15 minutes, which is an energy-saver for any laundry and is available in gas, steam and thermal oil powered models.

Serves the Aged Care Industry

Aged Care is an industry where hygiene is vital for the health and well-being of those in care. Girbau Australia has been supplying laundry equipment to the Aged Care industry for over 30 years. The quality of their laundry equipment is trusted by the industry to deliver clean and sanitised laundry to care facilities.

Four Different Production Centres

Finally, their four different production centres in Spain and France each specialise in different manufacturing technologies. We are happy to be associated with Girbau, as we recognise the quality of their products and trust their warranties.

The Role of Chemical Sanitisers in Food Preparation Areas

We are fortunate to have stringent food standards that restaurants and other businesses serving food are required to follow. While we still have outbreaks of diseases such as salmonella, which are caused by food being exposed to bacteria, they are rare. All causes are investigated by the relevant authorities and are usually the result of a lapse in procedures by a staff member rather than a deliberate act.

Correct Cleaning and Sanitising Protects Food Services Patrons

Correct cleaning and sanitising reduces the levels of bacteria in workplaces serving food. This reduces the risk of contamination and prevents the growth of bacteria on food preparation surfaces, cooking equipment, utensils and the plates and glasses used to serve the customers. Most restaurants and food service businesses use commercial dishwashers for their efficiency and rely on the sanitising process these machines produce to protect their customers.

NLE Commercial services commercial dishwashers so we are in an excellent position to comment on the benefits of using sanitisers to kill bacteria. Our trained technicians are often asked by our clients for information and advice on the attributes of various brands. What they find, however, is while many kitchen workers know they should be using sanitisers, they don’t understand the role they play in the cleaning process.

The Difference between Cleaning and Sanitising

The first thing to realise is that cleaning and sanitising are two different processes. Cleaning with detergent removes food, dirt and grease from plates and utensils, but it does not kill the pathogens that cause food poisoning. Sanitising uses steam, hot water over 80ºC or a chemical sanitiser. Chemical sanitisers in commercial kitchens are generally used to kill bacteria on floors, walls and bench surfaces.

Commercial Dishwashers Effective at Killing Bacteria

Generally, commercial dishwashers using hot water at or over 80ºC during a rinse cycle that runs for one minute will effectively sanitise the contents without any need for chemicals. The heat and steam produced during that process will kill bacteria, provided the dishwasher is working correctly, has no scale build-up and has been stacked properly. However, if the manufacturer recommends using chemical sanitisers, and stipulates a brand, we support that recommendation.

Care Needed to Keep Dishwashers Clean

Dishwashers also need to have the filters cleaned at the end of each shift and be run through a cleaning cycle at the end of each day. They should also be inspected at the end of each week to check that all parts are in working order and that there is no build-up of scale or dirt in hard-to-reach places.

Good Chemical Handling Advice

We also like to remind our clients to take care with chemicals, to use gloves and safety glasses when handling or diluting them, and train their staff to check the safety data sheets for use and handling instructions, including first aid.