When you are running a business in the 21st century, your biggest responsibility is to make as much money for your business as possible. You need to raise your profits so that you can pay your employees well, provide them with benefits, and keep all of the investors happy. To do that, you need to keep your spending as low as possible and your revenues as high as possible. If you are the person in charge of your business, you can only control so much. There are ways you can work to increase the amount of revenue your business is bringing in, but that’s obviously not guaranteed. Your spending, however, is essentially within your control.
If you can cut your spending while revenues remain the same, then you will increase profits. However, when cutting your spending, you need to make sure that you don’t affect revenues as well. For example, if you’re running a restaurant, you might save a lot of money by choosing less expensive ingredients. If you do this, however, you may drive away some of your customers who prefer higher quality ingredients. You’ll cut your spending, but you’ll also cut your revenue. There are ways to cut your spending that don’t affect your revenue. You can reduce your spending in one little-known area: linens. The amount of money you’re spending on your linens is likely far too high. You can save a lot of money if you hire your linens from a company that specialises in providing high-quality linens. You’ll save even more money if they also wash those items. Read on to see how you can save a lot of money.
The Money You Spend on Linens
The first way that you can save money is through the purchase of linens themselves. If you buy them yourself, you pay one price up front. If they get damaged or faded, you have to replace them yourself. So, you might end up buying aprons, coats, and so on over and over again for the same employees. When you think about the price of your linens, you should probably triple that price in your head. That is the price you’ll pay to replace each of those items twice. If you’re in the restaurant business, that’s probably still a low estimate. Restaurants are notoriously hard on linens. They have to be washed repeatedly. In fact, in some situations, you might wash linens more than once per day. That amount of washing tends to fray and fade fabric until it has to be replaced.
A company that specialises in linen hire services can save you money that you would normally spend buying linens. In a normal situation, you would buy the linens and pay to have them replaced whenever they frayed or faded. If you hire your linens from specialists, though, you don’t have to worry about replacing them. When you hire from a specialist, they will send you the finest linens they have to offer. If the linens get frayed, faded, or worn, they’ll be taken out of the rotation. You won’t have to worry about replacing them at all. It will be like buying linens that never get old.
Most restaurants fail in their first year. Of those that survive, most fail within five years. One reason these restaurants fail is because they don’t turn a profit quickly enough. The owners build up a lot of overhead and upfront costs that interfere when they are trying to grow their customer base. If you can keep your opening costs low, you can reduce the amount of money you absolutely have to make in your first few years. One way to reduce your upfront costs is to hire linens. Instead of paying a high price up front, you’ll pay a much smaller rental fee. That fee will be assessed regularly, but it will be easier to handle because it is so much smaller. By spreading out the costs over time, you ease the amount of pressure on your revenues.
Additionally, you might be surprised by how much money you can save on washing your linens.
The Money You Spend Washing Linens
Most restaurants have a washing machine somewhere in the back of the house that you use to wash your linens. In a restaurant setting, linens go through a lot of abuse and washing them in-house seems like the most sensible solution. However, washing machines are very expensive to operate. They run on electricity and consume a large amount of water. Additionally, they use gas or electricity to heat up the water. Drying linens also consumes large amounts of electricity. Residential-style washing machines are small machines that don’t hold very many linens. That means you’ll probably have to run them multiple times to get all of your linens clean. Considering the rate at which restaurants go through linens, you could be running your washer and dryer multiple times per day. Recent research has found that you spend about £3 per load of clothing in energy costs. If you’re running the washer and dryer multiple times per day, you could be spending over £10 per day just cleaning your linens. That doesn’t even account for the price of laundry detergent. Also, washing your linens so often can cause them to fray and fade even faster, raising the price you pay for linens. So, what’s the alternative?
The alternative is hiring linens from a service that will also wash them for you. These services have a vested interest in making sure their washing machines consume as little energy as possible. The more they can save on their own energy costs, the higher their profits are. So, they have cutting edge machines that use green technology to reduce the energy consumed by each load. These machines are large and can wash incredible amounts of linens in one load, further reducing the energy needed to get linens clean.
Also, they use cleaning agents that are less likely to fray and fade your linens, so that they can last even longer. A quality linen service could be just what your business needs.