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To say the least, business partnerships of any kind are always going to be challenging. In fact, the majority of partnerships I’ve ever seen have failed, rather than succeeded. What’s the problem? I believe the issue is that a business partnership is much like a marriage. Business partners have many ...
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When my husband and I bought our first laundromat in June of 2016, I had been employed by Corporate America for more than 30 years. However, I was laid off just 21 days after that laundromat purchase. I had begun my professional career in 1983 as a designer for Bell Helicopter, based in Fort Worth, ...
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Of all the factors impacting the success of a laundromat, site selection is right up there with having sufficient capital to launch and operate a new business. Both affect a business’ chances of succeeding to a larger degree than almost any other factors. With that said, the key is to define what type ...
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We live in the age of Twitter. It’s the era of the soundbite. Keep it short, pithy and under 140 characters – or risk being ignored. Fair enough. I’m up for the challenge. In fact, I’ve found that short, punchy quotations often spark my thinking, provide motivation and focus, or simply remind me of ...
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You live and breathe your vended laundry business – making the very best use of your limited time, and building a solid set of processes you can rely on to keep the cash flowing. Of course, getting those systems and processes right isn’t a one-shot deal – it’s something you should be constantly revisiting. ...
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Five Keys to Measuring Your B2B Marketing Strategy Our world is run by numbers. We don’t always see them though. In fact, we rarely ever see them, but they’re there. They run our business. Power our homes. Our professional lives are inundated with finding a way to make the numbers green and the ...
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Here Are the Keys to Establishing and Growing Your Laundry Business’ Brand Identity What is a brand and why is it critical to the success of a business? What factors must be considered when establishing a brand and brand identity? How is your brand communicated? Finally, how do you expand a brand ...
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When someone mentions “Silicon Valley,” your mind probably envisions high-tech behemoths such as Google, Facebook and Apple, or leading edge startups like the ones lampooned on HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy of the same name. However, there also are tens of thousands of small businesses all across ...
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“Necessity is the mother of taking chances.” – Mark Twain A recent visit to a laundromat in the Lower Price Hill enclave in Cincinnati got me thinking about our business and the nature of necessity. The aforementioned laundry is Washing Well community laundromat, a social venture established by ...
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Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018! I consider it an honor and a privilege to be serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Coin Laundry Association this year. Last year was historic for the CLA, as last year’s chairman, Jim Whitmore, oversaw the introduction of new ideas from strategic consultancy ...
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If you’re reading this, you are – simply by virtue of doing so – among the cream of the crop. You are someone who is willing to dig deep to find every little nugget that can further reinforce your commitment to your chosen place in our industry. More importantly, it illuminates that you are someone ...
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As any store owner will tell you, one of the toughest parts of running a vended laundry business is hiring – and then hanging onto – quality attendants. However, one of the ways some laundromat operators are overcoming this hurdle is by providing performance incentives in the form of bonuses for their ...
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“Social responsibility.” For some, the term may evoke a roll of the eyes, conjuring up images of a slightly hollow nod in the direction of feel-good displays by businesses eager to be seen in a good light. The practice is sometimes cynically viewed as either a heavy-handed public relations move or the ...
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Wi-Fi? Why Not?

As soon as the technology became available, we began offering Wi-Fi access in all of our laundry locations. And, as pricing within the marketplace has become more attractive, we have proportionally increased the speed of our Wi-Fi to accommodate the greatly increased number of wireless devices in our ...
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Everything changes… always . No trend or tactic will be around forever. Yes, it may adapt, but you can’t count on stagnancy. You must embrace innovation. Successful small-business owners in all industries typically are the first (or second) to purchase the latest technology or try out new marketing ...
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Your lease can make or break your business, and that is especially true in the case of a laundromat. This is because, in most cases, a laundry business will last only as long as its lease. Leases are complicated, legalese-laden documents – typically at least 10 or more pages in length. In some cases, ...
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Thank you for the continuing privilege of serving you as the chair of the Coin Laundry Association’s Board of Directors. Here we are at mid-year – our financial results for the first two quarters are in… and summer is upon us. The reports are in from Minding Your Business, the consultants hired late ...
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"Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday." – Steve Jobs Of course, the industry’s largest biennial gathering is coming to Las Vegas next month. But, you would be forgiven for mistaking the acres of new equipment, products and services for a mini Silicon Valley ...
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The Dollar Coin issue is always a hot topic so I thought I would talk with one of the pioneers (maybe THE Pioneer) of dollar coins in Laundromats  Larry Adamski , owner of  Muskegon Laundromat in Muskegon, Michigan.               Larry has over 45 years experience as a Laundromat owner/operator. ...
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“The ‘American Dream’ has long lured immigrants, who have always used the opportunities of our capitalist system to start their own small businesses. Immigrants own more than 50 percent of all laundromats and drycleaners, more than a third of all restaurants and about 20 percent of ...
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