ironing from home

Discussion in 'Ideas' started by possysmith, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. possysmith

    possysmith New Member

    Hi
    We are moving from Melbourne to Ballarat as we have bought a house there. I have a 2 year old and am a SAHM so I need to earn some extra cash to help pay the mortgage. I would like to do ironing from home as it can be done anytime of the day and I can work it around childcare. I saw a lady post an ad in Ballarat's local paper advertising for ironing at $20 for an oval basket. I am confused about how to charge for the ironing and how much to charge. My initial idea was to charge $10 an hour. It seems like the most straightforward way as people don't have to work out how many items of clothing they have and how much that would cost them. It also avoids people jamming a heap of clothes tightly into a basket which would take me ages to iron. Could someone please advise me about the market practices for home ironing and do you think $10 an hour is a fair price?
     
  2. pfgrules

    pfgrules New Member

    I definitely thing $10 an hour is a fair price for ironing. But honestly I would rather be paying someone to iron than to be getting paid to iron. There are much much easier ways to make a TON more money out there. Ladies in my business my $1000 a day or more from home and still work around childcare. Best of luck.
     
  3. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    You also have to consider the cost of electricity before deciding on your price
     
  4. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    I agree, you should charge per time basis. See how much time you take for ironing clothes for your self and charge accordingly
     
  5. Trojan9

    Trojan9 New Member

    market practices for home ironing and do you think $10 an hour is a fair price?

    In my opinion No, I think you will end up doing more ironing than you ever thought you would and not make the money that you could be making.

    More work method:
    My suggestion is to give a price to each particular clothing piece or material. for example. 2.00 for jeans, or 10.00 for a sheet, 2.50 for a long sl.shirt etc. I would come up with some set prices like 5 shirts, 5 jeans, 5 dress pants, for blank price and so on and so on, so that your customers have the choice of bulk or single ironing.

    less work method:
    In college I paid $20-25 (3 day return) for a basket of clothes to be washed and ironed so if that lady you mentioned offers $20 for an oval basket it seems reasonable as well. If your worried about people cramming the basket give guidelines to what is and isn't acceptable, like over stuffed baskets. I think an easy fix would be, if you go the bulk route, is say no more than this # articles max per basket. To be fair fill up a basket with a normal amount so you know this is a fair # of clothes for a max. 5 baskets a day, $20ea x 3 days a week is $300. Plenty of time for rest and not being overloaded.

    next I would make sure I had adequate supplies (irons, spray, clothing plastic bags, etc) and figure that out when figuring your price points. revenue - expenses.

    You might look into building a website for people to place orders or get information, something simple you can do with Mozilla composer would be fine.

    As for worrying about people counting their articles of clothing and
    figuring what we have, just make a sign or flyer so we can do it before hand. Don't worry we are used to counting up our clothes and making sure we get the same ones back. The only problem I see is being able to keep up with the orders.

    I wish you great success with this idea and just remember to build a client??le and a nice income stream will be easier and steady.

    good luck

    sc
     
  6. opendomain

    opendomain New Member

    I think a per item basis would be the wrong way to approach this. Hourly or even by basket would work much better as it is easier to sell. If you talk to someone about ironing a small basket for 15$ you might have to iron 4-10 articles of clothing, that's $1.50 per article. Determine how much time that's going to take you then see if it is profitable. You can plug some numbers into excel and using formulas get a way to come up with the best price for yo to charge and make the most profit.
     
  7. opendomain

    opendomain New Member

    @ $10 an hr assuming you can iron them in 1/2 hour

    Articles of Clothing / Income / Income/Hr
    10 / 10 / 20
    20 / 20 / 40
    30 / 30 / 60
    40 / 40 / 80
    50 / 50 / 100
    60 / 60 / 120
    70 / 70 / 140
    80 / 80 / 160
    90 / 90 / 180
    100 / 100 / 200

    @ $15 an hr assuming you can iron them in 1/2 hour

    Articles of Clothing / Income / Income/Hr
    10 / 15 / 30
    20 / 30 / 60
    30 / 45 / 90
    40 / 60 / 120
    50 / 75 / 150
    60 / 90 / 180
    70 / 105 / 210
    80 / 120 / 240
    90 / 135 / 270
    100 / 150 / 300


    If you need the calculator just let me know I can email it to you.
     
  8. Newbie Shield

    Newbie Shield Gold Member

    Charge per item. Don't charge anything less than $5.00 for any item. It's hard work and people will pay well for your service. Don't cheat yourself. Be firm.

    NS
     
  9. southbank63

    southbank63 New Member

    So how do I get my everest size pile of ironing to Ballarat?

    Liverpool to Australia? Think some of my ancestors did that journey...[​IMG]
     
  10. stacy

    stacy New Member

    You should get the rates from a local Dry Cleaner and then add a little to that for your personal service. People are more driven by convenience than money nowadays. That is why people pay a little more at the "drive thru" cleaners. You might think about advertising at the local day cares and then do a pick up and drop at the day care. I would definitley pay extra for that, I mean , I have to go there everyday already! You could pick up the clothes and drop them off at your convenience, so you're still working around your kids.
    Good luck!
     
  11. richardeek

    richardeek New Member

    Did you manage to get work? I am looking for a person to do ironing for me.
     

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