Monthly Archives: January 2018

We’re hiring! Join the Laundry Lady team and start your own work from home business

Before I started The Laundry Lady, I had a corporate career working 9-5 (plus all the extra hours!). I loved the work and loved the lifestyle. Then I become a mum. Balancing work with being the mum I wanted to be suddenly became very complicated. I know this is something that many working mums question when they first return to work. Maybe they find a “part-time” compromise that works for a few years, until the kids start school and the reality of the 3pm school pickup sets in. Maybe they are lucky enough to have an employer who supports and allows flexible working hours. Many don’t. Maybe they quit work altogether and struggle to survive on one family income. The struggle is real!

This is why I started The Laundry Lady. My entrepreneurial spirit craved my own business. Something where I could be my own boss, work my own hours, be there for my kids, balance family life, AND earn income for the family budget. When my kids were young I wanted to have time for mothers group, for swimming lessons, for coffee catchups. When my kids started school I wanted to have time to volunteer for reading time at school, go on the excursions, be at the school concert, watch the athletics carnival. I knew these were things I couldn’t do working in the “traditional” way. I knew my existing career would not support this. So I decided to jump in head first into something completely different… and The Laundry Lady was born.

This business has allowed me to do all of those things and more. When my kids have been sick I could be at home with them. In school holidays we have plenty of time together. I’m able to schedule my work around these things. Sometimes it means doing a bit more work at night after the kids are in bed so I can have the daytime with my kids, I get to choose when to work, when it suits me. The benefit is bringing in constant income for my family, but not missing out on the things that really matter.

I love being my own boss. I love the flexibility. I love choosing when I work. I love being able to watch TV while I work in my own home!!

I also love the difference The Laundry Lady makes in people’s lives. Unless you live in a nudist community, laundry is ongoing, never ending. Sometimes it can be overwhelming for people. Sometimes people just need a little help at home to keep going. We’ve had customers who are new mums and need extra support so they can concentrate on their new babies. We’ve had customers with injuries stuck in hospital who just want clean clothes. We’ve had customers suffering illness that impairs them. We’ve had customers whose washing machine has broken and haven’t had clean clothes for weeks. The gratitude from these people when you help them with their laundry can be so rewarding.

My vision for The Laundry Lady was always to develop a business that would support other people to start their own business. Other working mums. Other stay at home mums. Other stay at home dads. People who couldn’t find suitable work with an “employer”. People who craved their own business, to be their own boss. People who wanted to work from home for whatever reason.

We now have Laundry Lady contractors throughout Brisbane and Gold Coast and we are looking to expand our team. We have big goals to grow in 2018, and you could be part of that! We are now recruiting in:

  • Sydney northern suburbs
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane Western suburbs and inner city

You get to be your own boss, run your own business, choose the hours you work. We offer training, marketing, support and an online booking system unique for the industry. This really is a rewarding business that you can setup around your life.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Laundry Lady or Lad, click here.

Now delivering laundry to Brisbane Northern Suburbs

Laundry Lady is now servicing Brisbane Northern Suburbs. Our newest Laundry Lady Leigh has just joined our team, and will be offering washing, ironing, pickup and delivery, laundry services to the northern suburbs of Brisbane.

Residents and businesses in Gordon Park, Kedron, Woolowin, Aspley, Chermside and Mcdowall can now experience our laundry services for themselves. Hendra, Nundah, Geebung, Virginia, Wavell Heights, Zillmere, you can now tell your friends: “I have a mobile laundry service near me”! Friends in Everton Park, Stafford, Bridgeman Downs, Bald Hills and Bracken Ridge, your local ironing service and washing service is now the Laundry Lady. If you’re living or working in Ascot, Hamilton or Eagle Farm, you can get your laundry pickup from your home or office at just the click of a button.

Did you know we service both residential and commercial laundry customers, we already have great experience with medical centres, massage clinics, beauty salons, hairdressers and airbnbs, so now North Brisbane customers you can have your business needs taken care of too.

And with back to school and routines this week, there has never been a better time to get organised and book in your laundry service with us. Just go to our home page, type your suburb in the field and select Book Now to see the available days and times for pickups in your area.

Getting organised in 2018

Does anyone agree that this is the best time of the year in Australia? Many of us are spending the time not working, spending quality time with family, disconnecting from technology, and just enjoying the simple Australian lifestyle… days at the beach or pool and relaxing! Work, chores, school lunches and organisation are far from our minds!

Our whole family lives in their swimming suits all day everyday, and its so hot that clothing is minimal. It means less laundry (although this seems to be replaced with more sand all through the house!!). It’s definitely a different feel to the mid school term rush in my house where ironing is piling up, uniforms and work clothes never seem to be easily found, odd socks haunt our mornings and all the undies have holes in them (who needs undies when you can live in your bikini or boardshorts?).

And every year around this time we make our resolutions for the year ahead – being more organised is one of the most popular. As we wipe the slate clean from the previous year and reset ourselves for what’s to come, it feels like the perfect time to reassess how we can get more organised so that when the craziness of routine / work / school / repeat sets in, we are ready to stay on top of it!

So here are my tips for getting yourself more organised in 2018:

  1. Minimalise – If you haven’t watched the Minimalism Documentary yet (on Netflix), make sure you put it on your 2018 to do list. This will make you question all the stuff we surround ourselves in and what it really means. Less stuff means less to do (less cleaning, less organising, less clutter, less spending) which will give you back more time! I feel like this is a massive shift in thinking for me, and something I try to incorporate into my every day family living, one step at a time. I recommend following @becomingminimalist for loads of inspiration to keep you on the minimalist path. A great tip to get you started – minimalise your wardrobe, less clothes means less choices, less washing, less hanging. To do this change all of your hangers in your wardrobe the opposite way and when you wear that piece of clothing turn the hanger back the right way. At the end of each season anything left hanging the wrong way should be passed on! And while you are at it check out some tips on how to create a capsule wardrobe. 
  2. Get Help – Mia Freedman in her book Work Strife Balance says get all the help you can afford. It’s great advice for those of us who feel the overwhelm of daily life. We live in incredibly busy times where many of us juggle multiple jobs, huge workloads and busy family schedules. Getting help isn’t being lazy, its smart common sense that can keep us focused on the things we need to be focused on. Work out what your time is worth! And there is all different types of help available. Cleaners, Laundry Ladies, Food Delivery, Fruit Box Delivery, Babysitters, UberEats! Work out your strengths and outsource your weaknesses!
  3. Plan – balancing our work schedules, family time, activity time and down time can be like walking a tightrope. But it gets easier with planning. Use this time of the year to map out your week, month, year. Write a meal plan. Organise a weekly schedule – cleaning on Monday, washing on Tuesday, takeaway on Wednesday… and get the kids involved. If everyone knows what’s coming up it makes it easier!
  4. Budget – I’m definitely not the person to give any financial advice, but I can strongly recommend reading the Barefoot Investor. Despite being about finances, its actually an enjoyable read and his advice on how to structure your finances, save money and set yourself up is simple and easy for every person to follow. Read. It. Now. Please!
  5. Bucket List – what fun is being busy or spending time organising ourselves if we have forgotten our life dreams! Whether its for yourself, you and your partner or your family, write a bucket list – things you want to achieve, holidays you want to go on, things you want to experience. For the year, for 5 years, for life. Write it down. Print it out. Stick it on the fridge. It will keep you going when the summer fun turns back into busy routines!

Happy new year!