Do you have extra storage space that you want to make a profit with but just cannot think of a way to do it? This may be a way to make use of it!
Most of us change our wardrobe with the seasons. We take all the winter sweaters, jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, ski outfits, boots, heavy comforters, and flannel sheets and store them away as soon as the weather warms up. Then when the weather gets cold again, we lug it all out and start the whole process over again. Unfortunately, as soon as we bring them down from the attic or up from the basement, we open them up to discover that moths or small critters have invaded the box or container and ruined them! Moreover, even if they are not ruined, they need laundering all over again to get out any spiders or musty smells that may have settled in while they were in storage. Every season, we go through this same time-consuming routine; unpacking, sorting, washing, drying, ironing, hanging up and then we start boxing up the departing season’s clothing and linens. It’s a sometimes back-breaking process of packing and hauling boxes and totes around. Everyone finds this frustrating, especially because no one’s closet or storage space ever seems big enough. The process is a big hassle and as each season comes to a close, it is one that they dread.
This is where you come in! You will store these clothes and other items in a temperature controlled environment and create an online digital wardrobe for people, so that their clothing and linens are safe, clean, and organized. People can log into your website, review the inventory of their seasonal clothing and linens that you are storing and request to have them delivered to their home when the time comes to use them again! You can charge $20 per month for this service and a small delivery charge for each batch of clothing and linens that they request delivered back to them. You can charge an extra fee for long distance deliveries in cases where people would like these goods delivered to their summer home or an alternate residence. They can schedule an automatic delivery date for each time or have them delivered a little at a time, as needed.
For each item, you will need to take a digital photo and write a small description of the piece, including color, any defects or stains and condition of the garment or linen. This should take place when the items are picked up and the customer should sign a copy of the pick-up slip to prevent any potential future blame should any defects be discovered later when the items are returned to them. Each customer will need a password-protected sign-on ID for your website so that they can keep track of which items are in your possession. This will provide your customers with privacy and a sense of control of the process.
You will likely want to advertise your services by running an advertisement in local phone directories, list your business with an online business directory also. Print up flyers and post them in places where people of all occupations and lifestyles would be likely to frequent. Be sure to include popular lunch places and coffee shops! Most post offices and grocery stores also have bulletin boards that will allow you to place an advertisement on. Be sure to take advantage of any public bulletin boards in your immediate area to find people who are looking for you and your services. Don’t neglect places like medical service buildings, health food stores, libraries, bridal shops, and any other place that your potential clients may frequent.
In no time at all, you will have built up a large clientele base. You will obtain many by word of mouth as your customers are wowed by your professional services and how easy storing their clothing and linens has become for them!
Post time: 04-20-2017