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Starting a Laundry Business

We know that starting a laundry business can be daunting, and that you may need some help along the way. With four decades’ experience, we can offer that help, beginning with a 'Starting a Launderette' Business Guide that has been specially designed to cover the steps you need to take when setting up a self service coin-op, 'drop-off and pickup' service wash, specialist dry-cleaning or even a collection and delivery business.


We're the UK's No. 1 trusted commercial laundry equipment suppliers for launderettes and dry cleaners. If you're starting a laundry business, our FREE guide will ensure you get things right first time when it comes to the washing machines, dry cleaning equipment, tumble dryers and finishing/ironing kit you'll need to succeed.

How to start a laundry business

Here are our quick tips for starting up your very own laundry venture...

  • Write up a solid business plan
  • Choose the right location
  • Get planning permission (and any permits required)
  • Check out the competition
  • Decide on your services
  • Source reliable equipment
  • Explore different financing options - such as subscription contracts
  • Pick a comprehensive service plan
  • Start marketing and open your doors!

Anyone can set up a laundry business

Thousands of UK launderettes, dry cleaners and coin laundry business owners trust us to provide them with the heavy-duty equipment they need to serve their customers and make a profit. Many of them, often inspired by the U.S Laundromat model, had no prior experience...

"Before I opened up, I’d never turned on a washing machine in my life – I ran a bakery and a fish & chip shop, and I wasn't domesticated at all. It just goes to show that anyone is capable of starting a laundry business."

Peter Marks - a JLA customer @ The Lost Sock Launderette


If you're interested in starting your own laundry business, we've made it a bit easier by putting together a
FREE laundry and dry-cleaning starter guide.

Start a laundry - download your FREE guide

Our dedicated team have created a handy guide to help you on your way when putting together your laundry shop business plan - take a look at what it covers, then simply fill in the form below to download it today and take the next steps towards a profitable laundry business of your own.

  • Tips on target market research and marketing
  • Advice on the commercial laundry machines you might need
  • Expected startup costs 
  • How much your laundry services could bring in once you open
  • How to write a business plan

Get the startup laundry equipment you need for no capital outlay

Don't let the perceived cost of starting a laundry business put you off pursuing your goals - we have tailored plan to help you set things up without any capital expenditure.

With a Total Care all-inclusive subscription contract from JLA, you can start a laundry business or coin-operated laundry without having to pay for the equipment outright...and get breakdown cover included with every machine. This means that you can get up and running – and earning revenue – far sooner than you might have thought possible.

With our Total Care subscription, you'll get...

  • Market-leading equipment with no capital outlay
  • Fully-inclusive breakdown cover with no wear-and-tear clause
  • An 8 working-hour engineer response…or we pay you £100
  • Seven-day call-out cover, including bank holidays
  • No repair bills – ever
  • ...all for a simple monthly payment.

Find out how to manage a laundry business once you get started >>

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FREE Download: Starting A Launderette

FREE Download: Starting A Launderette

If you’re thinking of setting up a laundry business, read our overview of all the things you need to consider.

Get our expert advice on:

  • Customers
  • Location
  • Parking
  • Services to offer
  • Planning Permission
  • Equipment

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