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Raising prices on your routes and over the counter

Many people feel in the dry cleaning business that if they raise there prices, they may lose a lot of customers. When I first got into the business, I was very concerned about this as well. Fortunately for me I meet two people early on in my business who had been running successful pick-up and [...]

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The Merger of 2 Dry Cleaning Businesses Zoots and Tweeds

I just read an article from the American Dry Cleaner website about the merger of Zoots and Tweeds.  I have included a link to the full article at the end of this post. In the article the writer discuss the merger of these two companies and I found some of the numbers they shared to [...]

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Dry Cleaner Marketing on the Internet

Believe it or not, a large percentage of dry cleaners still don’t have a website. In today’s day and age can be a near fatal mistake for your business. The internet is rapidly changing the way business is done and if you still don’t have a website you are very quickly being left behind. Let’s [...]

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Video – My Biggest Marketing Mistake In The Dry Cleaning Business

We all make mistakes in business right? One key to being successful in business is learning from those mistakes… Unfortunately I had to learn this marketing mistake in both my dry cleaning businesses. Hopefully after watching the video you can learn from my mistake and not run into the same problems in your dry cleaning [...]

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Dry Cleaner Marketing – The Straight Door Knocking Method

In the previous article we talked about the bag drop method and listed out the pro’s and con’s to this form of marketing. If you haven’t read that article go do that first and then come back to this one. We are working off the premises that if you can’t get customers you have NO [...]

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Business or Residential Customers Where to Start?

A common question I get is… When Starting Your Dry Cleaning Route Business, Should You Target Residential Customers Or Business Customers (Office Buildings) First? The most important part to understand is that there isn’t a right or wrong answer here… Really, simply just getting started is the best place to start… But if you want [...]

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How Far is Too Far For Pick-ups and Deliveries

I got an email over the weekend asking me how far was to far to drive for pick-up and deliveries? It is a great question when you think about it because if you are not careful, you could end spinning your wheels — pun intended — instead of turning a profit. My rule of thumb [...]

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How To Get Route Customers: Part 1 – The Bag Drop Method

Getting route customers can seem deceptively simple… How hard can it be right? You are offering a FREE pick-up and delivery service… Well I have news for you this may be the hardest part of the whole business, as it is with almost any business. If you can’t get customers you have NO chance at [...]

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What is the best vehicle to use for dry cleaning route pick-up and deliveries?

The best commercial vehicle on the market for this business is the Ford E-150 cargo van. I have found the gas mileage to be acceptable. The vehicle does not burn through tires –assuming you put quality tires on the van. — I have had very few problems with the van overall. My second choice is [...]

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Where Do You Buy Dry Cleaning Laundry Bags From?

I have personally bought bags from two different companies over the last decade or so. The first company I used is The Bag Lady 1-800-Bag-Lady Her bags are of a high quality and on average will last for years. Last time I purchased from her we paid about $3.50 per bag plus shipping. The $3.50 [...]

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