Jump to content
Taking in ironing?
8 replies to this topic
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:28 AM
A friend of mine has started doing some cleaning and ironing to bring in some $ over the holidays. She's doing quite well with it and loves the flexibility it offers her around her kids schedules. I don't mind ironing, and am considering taking in some ironing for the same reason. Uni starts back for me in the new year, and I'll have placement for three and a half months, so there's no point me looking for a job at this stage. I'm thinking $30/basket and $5 extra for pick up and delivery? WDYT? Would you use an ironing service? If you have, either now or previously, how do my proposed rates compare? I'm allowing and hour and a half of my time per basket an envisaging a 24 or 48 hour turn around.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:37 AM
I would definitely pay that much for someone to do our ironing - I pay our local dry cleaner $2.50 per shirt. However, I think it depends entirely on where you live. Do you live in a well to do area? Are there lots of double income households who may need to outsource? Or are there lots of single income families who are time rich but cash poor?
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:40 AM
I have an ironing lady and she is worth her weight in gold!
I take my ironing to work in the car each Wednesday. The ironing lady gets my keys from the office, gets the ironing from my car and the following day returns the ironing to my car the same way. A few people at my workplace use the same lady, we all just have different days.
Your fee may be a little high but this could also depend on supply and demand where you are and how good a job you do.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:42 AM
We live in a military town, so I'm also banking on the fact I've been ironing military uniforms all my life (including own at one stage), and I know how much people hate ironing them
Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:45 AM
Hey if you can stand ironing other people's clothes as well as your own I say go for it.
My mother used to do ironing for extra cash when I was at school. I think your rates are extremely reasonable. In fact it is a bargain - especially considering my mum charged a similar rate about 10 years ago, which was considered cheap.
I do have a few suggestions to make sure you are not taken advantage of:
Obviously you should do as you think is right, but from my mums experience (which was mostly positive) a few guidelines are good to have to prevent your getting one basket piled with 2 baskets worth of clothes with the expectation that it should total at $30. Otherwise I would consider charging by the hour.
Hope it goes well! All the best.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:12 AM
$30 basket is reasonable.
$5 for pickup and delivery is reasonable
However, you need to define a basket size.
I pay my mum $30 per week to iron our clothes, (we were paying an ironing service, and this is ou average we paid them) mum is happy to iron our clothes (business clothes, kids clothes, including frills etc. DS will also have business shirts next year for school.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:25 PM
Thanks for the advice and info
I was thinking to specify a 'basket' as one of those oval ones, and I like the pp's suggestion that clothes be folded and level with the top of the basket.
Anyhoo, am just thinking about it for now. Will see what happens after the Xmas rush is over.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:40 PM
Our ironing service does a $30 minimum - $2.50 per item plus $5.00 delivery / pickup fee. We have to have it out by 7am, get it back around 5pm the next evening.
$30 / basket sounds quite cheap - I suspect some people will take advantage!
Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:15 PM
Our ironing service charges per item, and this works out better for us, as I don't particularly want to fold clothes to make them sit flat in the basket etc etc. We also have fairly fiddly bits of clothing- dress trousers and skirts with pleats and so forth.
If you google ironing services, a lot of companies have advertised their costs- I think $30 for a basket of business shirts is a bargain!
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.
When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.
There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't - or won't got to sleep.
Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.
While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.
The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.
Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.
So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.
An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.
While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?
If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.
Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?
A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.
Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.
It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.
Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.
It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.
One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.
Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.
Top 5 Articles
Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.
Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?
She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.
A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.
Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.
It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement about the alphabet.
Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night.
An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.
It was all too much excitement for this dad.
The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.
The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.
Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.
Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.
Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.
Get your ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show - register online now!