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Still Confused About this opportunity

"I've read the statistics, I have an interest in the Mobile Dry Cleaner Success Program, but how do I know this is the business for me? ..."What is my job and what's in it for me?"

In the final chapter of the Mobile Dry Cleaning Manual, both  questions are answered.  Using actual sales figures from a Pennsylvania Mobile Dry Cleaner, you are shown how a nine (9) hour work week yields $447.84 weekly income or $23,387.68 annually and what the route operator had to do to earn that money. Here is a portion of that discussion:

What Can I expect Financially as a 
Mobile Dry Cleaning Operator

Conveyor Look in the window of your local drycleaner and see the completed orders waiting for pick-up.  Walk around the block, go to the next shopping center or drive for a half mile to the next drycleaner and look in their windows. There may be three or more 
drycleaners in the area and all have completed orders hanging on the garment conveyor racks, more clothes in baskets waiting to be processed, and more hanging in the production area already in process. Actual figures will be higher, but for estimating purposes, guesstimate about $1.00 for every shirt you see and $2.00 for every drycleaned garment. That's a lot of money and the business repeats itself every week.  Look what you can you do as a Mobile Dry Cleaner! 

A distinctive advantage of The Mobile Dry Cleaning Business is the elimination of hanging inventory. You deliver the order to the customer as soon as it is completed and collect your money immediately.  No holding onto finished orders waiting for the customer to pick them up.  

Approximately 10% to 20% of the orders you see in a dry cleaning store may never be picked up.  Customers forget them, perhaps they gained weight and can no longer wear that particular garment, perhaps the garment is out of style and the customer doesn't want to have to pay for something they will never wear again.  Many reasons contribute to garments remaining on the dry cleaners rack. But, the fact remains, these unclaimed orders are lost revenues.  

As a Mobile Dry Cleaner, you deliver the garment to the customer.  and are paid upon delivery. It is rare that a customer will refuse to pay for completed work when presented with the order. the majority of your orders turn over in three days, the remainder within a week and the proceeds are received in cash.

 Actual Sales figures of a Mobile Dry Cleaner

The following illustrations compare actual weekly sales information for a two-day route of a Pennsylvania drycleaner. Table 1 reveals sales for a peak business period between 05/07/01- 05/12/01 and Table 2 reveals sales for a flat business period between 09/03/01 - 09/09/01.

  Table 1- Peak Sales Period

                               Sales Journal

        Time: 08:36a                                  For the Period:05/07 to 05/10

                                                                Store: 3 Rte: 3         

Route Sales Summary

Category

# Tiks.

Total Amt

# Pcs.

Upchrge.

Disc/Coup

Totals

Dryclean

62

1576.20

202

106.00

.00

1576.20

Laundry

24

138.60

68

.00

.00

138.60

 

Totals

86

1714.80

202

106.00

.00

1714.80

 

Revenue Statistics

Category

Rev./Piece

Rev./Tick

Pcs./Tick

Upchrge%

 

 

Dryclean

7.81

25.42

3.25

6.7

 

 

Laundry

1.82

5.36

2.93

.0

 

 

 

Average

6.31

19.93

3.15

6.2

 

 

  Table 2 - Flat Sales Period

Run Date: 09/10/01                                Sales Journal

        Time: 05:12 p                                  For the Period: 09/03 to 09/09

                                                                Store: 3 Rte: 3          

 

Route Sales Summary

Category

# Tiks.

Total Amt

# Pcs.

Upchrge.

Disc/Coup

Totals

Dryclean

37

749.55

111

50.75

.00

749.55

Laundry

12

   63.62

35

.00

1.48

  63.62

Tbl Linen

4

    95.35

19

.00

.00

  95.35

 

Totals

53

908.52

165

50.75

1.48

908.52

 

Revenue Statistics

Category

Rev./Piece

Rev./Tick

Pcs./Tick

Upchrge%

 

 

Dryclean

6.75

20.25

3.00

6.7

 

 

Laundry

1.81

  5.30

2.91

.0

 

 

Linens

5.01

23.83

4.75

.0

 

 

 

Average

5.50

17.14

3.11

5.5

 

 

·        Approximately forty-eight customers were served and twelve households prospected during a 4˝-hour period. Varying workloads and traffic conditions will have a direct effect on this time schedule, but the time quoted is an accurate average.

·        The Dry Cleaner’s statistics reveal that each ticket written, both dry cleaning and laundry, averages three garments (Pcs/Tick) for both Tables.

·         The average revenue per piece for dry cleaning was $7.81 and $6.75 respectively.  Laundry revenue was consistent at $1.82-1.81. (Individual figures may vary depending on pricing policies.)

·        The revenue per ticket (Rev/Tick) was $25.42 for Table I versus $20.25 for Table II. Laundry revenue was similar during both periods at approximately $5.30.

·        Eighty-six (86) orders totaling $1714.80 were recorded for Table I and fifty-three  (53) orders totaling $908.52 for Table II. (For processing purposes, drycleaning orders and laundry orders are listed on separate receipts; consequently, one customer may have more than one order resulting in a greater number of orders written than customers served.)

Using the illustrated sales figures, the following formulae calculates weekly net profit and hourly income:

 

Table 1

Table 2

Sales

$1714.80

$908.52

Cleaning Costs (50% of Sales)

 

$788.10

 

$454.26

Delivery Costs (25% of cleaning costs)

 

- 197.02

 

$113.57

 

 

 

Weekly Net Profit

$591.08

$304.69

 

 

 

Net Profit

$591.08

$304.69

Hours worked

    ¸     9

   ¸   9  

 

 

Net Profit per Hour

$65.67

$  33.85

Averaging sales for both periods yields $49.76 profit per hour, $447.84 for a 9-hour workweek, or $23,387.68 annually working part-time two days a week.

 Aggressively marketing supplemental services, such as, tailoring services, leather cleaning, wedding gown cleaning and preservation or those listed in the Mobile Dry Cleaning Manual, could increase profits an additional 25% or more returning $62.20 /hr. or $29,109.60 annually. 

The preceding statistics are actual records of an existing Mobile Dry Cleaning Business. They are not represented as a guarantee of what you will achieve, but an example of what one particular Mobile Dry Cleaning Business has accomplished. Individual effort, pricing policies, marketing techniques, and markets may vary and affect actual results.

 


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