A Van, a Cellphone

How one PUD owner simplified the process.
A Van, a Cellphone
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Today I was thinking about the numerous conversations and debates on how to start and run a laundry PUD business.

There's a lot of chatter about the "right" way to start and run a business. 

That chatter can often make the whole thing seem like a complex undertaking.

I believe the chatter has overly complicated it in the minds of those looking to start PUD.

To drive this point home, I will share the story of a fellow laundry entrepreneur, a friend of mine, who's built a thriving business on a model as simple as it gets. We'll call him Jason (he'll know Jason is him when he reads this. 😉)

Jason's journey into the laundry industry began like many others. 

He bought a laundromat, offering self-service and drop-off options.  As his business grew, he decided to expand into the PUD sector. 

After several years of operating both the laundromat and the PUD service, Jason made a bold move: He sold the laundromat to focus solely on PUD.

“It doesn't have to be complicated and fancy.”

Here's a detailed look at Jason's current business model:

  1. He uses a Honda Odyssey minivan for PUD.
  2. He is the sole driver.
  3. He doesn't use a POS system. Instead, his clients text him when they need a pickup.
  4. His website provides information about his service and directs people to his phone number for contact.
  5. He partners with a local laundromat to process his orders.
  6. He drops off dirty orders late in the morning, picks up clean orders from the previous day, and delivers them that afternoon.
  7. He works 4 1/2 days a week: Monday through Thursday, and half a day on Friday.
  8. He picks up between 600-800 lbs per day.

Jason's journey is a testament to the power of simplicity. Instead of adding layers to his business, he stripped them away.

The result? A streamlined, efficient system that serves his clients well and allows him a balanced work week.

Starting a PUD service doesn't have to be complicated or fancy. Sometimes, the simplest approach can lead to the most profound success.

So, next time you find yourself tangled in the complex, remember Jason's story and ask yourself, "How can I make this simpler?"

Here’s hoping you embrace your inner Jason today.

That's all I got for today.

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Thinking about, the thinking of laundry

From the thoughts of business theorist, W. Edwards Deming

A bad system will beat a good person every time.

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