As an update here in NY I have gotten a laundromat quoted at $0.55 per lb of laundry so am pretty happy now. Maybe able to get 45-50 somewhere else because its only the 3rd place I asked.
I started up a MySpace account, www.myspace.com/SBULaundry (SBU stands for Stony Brook University), where Im trying to make lots of friends at the college (through the MySpace group for my college).
I e-mailed the Residence Hall Directors (people in charge of dorms) and told them what I wanted to do, see if they could help me out. Asked about putting up flyers and informing incoming students before the semester starts.
I have come up with a price list and will be charging a one time fee (upfront) for a semesters worth of laundry. I just need a way to accept credit cards and I think I`ll be using PayPal for that.
Once I get enough people interested Ill make a website (I have a friend I think I can get to do it for free and pay him later) and file my DBA forms. I need about 25 kids signed up and I can then quit my waiting job, but I may just keep it one day a week, I am going to school to ya know.
I have also thought about doing some houses but I don`t know if that would be a good idea. I like that at a college, all my customers are in one area, making pick-up and drop off very easy. If I did residential, people would be scattered everywhere. I think I may look into doing apartment buildings in the area too then. Everything in one place, we`ll see how it goes. so far all is good.