Back in the day, running your own small business was never easy. Your resources were sparse to begin with and then you still had to face the headwind of stiff competition. But the irony of this basic fundamental for a successful and thriving local economy is that the competition has become a lot stiffer still. It may be challenging but it is all for the greater good of making personal and collective progress.
Like trying to get the washing done on time before you head off for work in the morning. Not many people have that kind of time. Unless, of course, they happen to be exceptionally gifted and well organized with their time. Given that, they could be well-suited to going into one or another entrepreneurial venture of their choosing. And would they go into the laundry business? Perhaps. Perhaps not.
The key to success in any entrepreneurial venture is to follow the markets. Go in where there is a real need for the service. And there can be no doubt that there is a real need for laundry services across the board. But try running one on your own steam. Not so easy, is it? Back in the day, it never was. The irony then, perhaps, was that there was not a big enough need for the work. People were still self-reliant and many people were still doing their washing by hand.
On the industrial level of course, this would not have been possible. Hence the need for a commercial laundry business, back then and even more so today. Back then trying to get commercial laundry parts and components was never easy, but today it is better. Like many other things, the laundry operator can now order online.