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    • whatatwit
    • By whatatwit 2nd Dec 07, 8:43 PM
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    whatatwit
    Hi Elen, I used to work in a launderette that offered a collection and delivery service...(not ironing)
    Yes, I would have a minimum charge, you could quite easily find yourself collecting 2 or 3 items from a customer.
    Personally, I would include the hangers rather than charging extra, you amy find that some customers send in their own plastic ones...I know I always did...you could always ask regular customers to return the hangers...helps keep the cost down etc.
    Will you be using the plastic garment covers, they look professional and keep things clean, also, you can get several garments into a cover.

    Please make sure that you notify your car insurance that you will be using it for business, also get cover for goods in transit, then you will be covered if there is an accident and clothes are damaged.

    Good luck.
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    • Frugal Fox
    • By Frugal Fox 6th Dec 07, 7:40 AM
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    Hi - I charge a minimum of £10, because I offer a collection and delivery service. I collect one day and return the next. I used to include hangers -but it got too costly, so my policy is include hangers if you want the garment returned hung, else it's folded. My customers like this - some travel on business and the fact that their shirts are fully ironed and folded and ready for the case is a real bonus! Garment covers are a must - protects in wet and windy weather!
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    • bbaby
    • By bbaby 14th Jan 08, 12:28 AM
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    bbaby
    Hi all,

    Im starting up an ironing service in my area.
    Can someone give me some advise?

    my add will be in this weeks local paper and I will be dropping leaflets through doors by the end of the week.

    I want to do everything legit, I am just confused as to what exactly I need to do in reagards to registering as a business, tax, inland revenue ect...

    Should I be registering now or once I have some customers?

    Also,, with registering, would I be entitled to claiming back expenses such as the cost of equiptment ect?

    Any advise would be most appreciated.

    All the best
    bbaby
  • Timmne
    Hi bbaby,

    I wrote loads of stuff on the mystery shopping thread on this board (it's a sticky) about tax etc - if you check out the first post there's a little bit on taxes and registering....

    Yes you could claim back expenses on equipment as the cost will be relatively low (if you're spending more than £200ish on an item then PM me for more advice as there's a different way to account for it)

    Register ASAP - there's no cost in doing so apart from £2.10 per week class 2 NI (mentioned on the MSing thread)

    HTH
    • bbaby
    • By bbaby 14th Jan 08, 9:03 AM
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    bbaby
    Hi bbaby,

    I wrote loads of stuff on the mystery shopping thread on this board (it's a sticky) about tax etc - if you check out the first post there's a little bit on taxes and registering....

    Yes you could claim back expenses on equipment as the cost will be relatively low (if you're spending more than £200ish on an item then PM me for more advice as there's a different way to account for it)

    Register ASAP - there's no cost in doing so apart from £2.10 per week class 2 NI (mentioned on the MSing thread)

    HTH
    Originally posted by Timmne
    Hi Timmne,

    Many thanks, I will check out the thread you mentioned.
  • becks.989
    Hi all.

    I have been thinking about setting up a ironing service for a while. but keep putting it off. i don't know what i am afraid of. (i think its the self employed tax and ni etc)

    I have bitten the bullet know and have decided to give it a go. what will i really be losing out on. does anyone have any advice for me on starting out. any comments will be gratfully recieved.

    Thanks becks.
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    • gabyjane
    • By gabyjane 15th Jan 08, 10:50 PM
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    Hi well i ahve tried this in the past but only put 2 ads round for about a week and forgot to renew them! I have just done up some ads and as we have recently moved to a new development i will try and get some put round tommorow which will eliviate the driving when picking up and dropping off a bit hopefully!
    I am just a bit worried as already have 2 jobs and am registered as self employed with the tax ppl what happens with 3 jobs?! Also has anyone had anyone come back saying that there is something wrong with something and how do you deal with it?
    Thanks
    • bbaby
    • By bbaby 16th Jan 08, 7:44 PM
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    bbaby
    Ironing Supplies
    Hi all,

    Hope your all in good health and spirits

    Just wanted to ask if any one could tell me where is the best place to buy my supplies of hangers and polythene garment covers ??

    and also, which hangers are the most popular and which length polythene garment covers do you all use ?(if you use them)


    Much appreciated,
    Last edited by bbaby; 16-09-2008 at 3:28 PM.
  • elen
    Thanks for the replies. Well we went ahead and started up - ads in local paper and just about to do a leaflet drop around a few of the new housing developments. I have a couple of local B+Bs, a regular customer who I collect and deliver from once a week and a few others that use me on an ad hock basis. I have also had the only other service in the area sniffing around - but thats ok because I checked them out too!

    So far I have been getting customers to supply their own hangers, which has worked well but I am getting a supply of hangers in just in case. Havent registered with IR yet but we will do shortly - just wanted to see how it went really. I do an annual self-assessment already so can just include income on that.

    Only had one bad experience so far - a load of really really smelly washing - it made my house stink and I had to ask the customer if I could deliver it back earlier than planned - I didnt say the real reason !!
    • POSSETTE
    • By POSSETTE 21st Jan 08, 3:07 PM
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    POSSETTE
    Ironing Service..how Much Do You Charge
    If i started up an ironing service how much do you charge?
    is it per hour or per item?
    I can imagine shirts etc being a pain but just wondering about the in,s and outs.
    Would obviously have to be aware of delicates and not ruin peoples clothes,but what other drawbacks are there?:confused:
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    • tassles
    • By tassles 21st Jan 08, 3:18 PM
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    tassles
    Tassles
    Hi I have a small ironing service and I charge £9 per hour or part thereof, by charging for a full hour even if only 45 was used this covers the cost of collection and delivery back, hope this helps Tassles
    • Stephb1986
    • By Stephb1986 21st Jan 08, 3:22 PM
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    Hi we've been running 6 years now we charge £12.50 per 20 items of clothing, we dont do bedding we dont have time for that but we can easily iron 20-30 items in a hour i hope this helps

    Stephb xx
    • bimbo84
    • By bimbo84 21st Jan 08, 8:09 PM
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    bimbo84
    hi, i was just wondering how you went about finding customers? do ads in shop windows work? I wouldn't mind doing this myself, i work full time but don't earn much so a part time job i can do while watching the tv would be great!
    • geordie joe
    • By geordie joe 21st Jan 08, 8:18 PM
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    geordie joe
    If i started up an ironing service how much do you charge?
    Originally posted by POSSETTE
    I think it would depend on what your potential customers are willing to pay/can afford.

    See if you have any competition in the area and find out what they charge.

    I would also ring them up and ask if they could fit your ironing in. If they can't, this could indicate that there is a lot of demand and they have a full order book.

    If they pounce on you like your the first customer they've had in two years, it could indicate there isn't any call for an ironing service in your area.
    • poppett
    • By poppett 21st Jan 08, 10:53 PM
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    poppett
    Years ago I did some ironing for an ironing service. The owner would give me £5 per black bag...and sometimes things were crammed in them like sardines. Thinking back I was a mug for doing it. Have often thought of starting again on my own but have no ideas about getting insured etc.
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  • skyrocket
    Would you say £15 a bin bag was acceptable?
    Or is that too little/much?
    • Stephb1986
    • By Stephb1986 22nd Jan 08, 4:53 PM
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    depends the size of the bin bag really as some customers we have send the ones that fit the wheelie bins!!! in a normal size bin bag most customers can fit in 30-40 items which from my side i would be doing myself out of another £10-£12 for 40 items its £25,you have got your out goings dont forget. we advertised in local shops on notice boards we also leafleted peoples houses especially new estates or put a ad in the local paper.

    We're expanding soon to do cleaning and washing so if anyone needs a job in the wigan area then give me a shout

    Stephb xx
  • skyrocket
    That's a shame youre in Wigan as I'm in Stockport!
    Great news for your business though!
  • funkycat06
    depends the size of the bin bag really as some customers we have send the ones that fit the wheelie bins!!! in a normal size bin bag most customers can fit in 30-40 items which from my side i would be doing myself out of another £10-£12 for 40 items its £25,you have got your out goings dont forget. we advertised in local shops on notice boards we also leafleted peoples houses especially new estates or put a ad in the local paper.

    We're expanding soon to do cleaning and washing so if anyone needs a job in the wigan area then give me a shout

    Stephb xx
    Originally posted by Stephb1986
    what outgoings are there?
  • Hapless
    what outgoings are there?
    Originally posted by funkycat06
    Cost of electricity. And really should have insurance incase anything gets damaged.
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