Malaysia : Couple turn hated chore into a business
FOLDING, ironing and hanging clothes is a tedious household chore that most people dread.
We all love to wear neat, wrinkle-free clothes, and that is why Mak Cik Cleaning Services founder Wan Nazwani Wan Johan, who folds or irons clothes at people’s homes, said the business was an opportunity to leverage on her skills in folding clothes with ease.
She quit her job as a graphic artist at a media firm, a job she did for a decade.
“I sat down and weighed all of my options and skills. I knew I could iron well and that other people disliked doing this task.
“It was only when they called me repeatedly that I knew it would work. “The relief I saw on my customers’ faces was priceless,” she said.
Wan Nazwani (right) and her husband Mohd Ridzuan with the clothes that they had folded.
Wan Nazwani added that she found people were willing to spend money to have their trousers, shirts, dresses, and baju kurung steam-ironed and folded or put on hangers.
Most of her clients are doctors, teachers, college students and people in the media line who who value time saved from doing these chores. She said people cherished their precious free time on weekends.
Wan Nazwani started the business in 2016 and charges RM5 per kilogramme for folding clothes. “Most of the time there is a huge pile of washed clothes at their clients’ homes.
“Recently, it took us two days to finish ironing and folding newly laundered clothes of one family in Subang Jaya who had just returned from a holiday.
“It was a challenging task as I had to sort out the clothes, fold them and place them into different baskets,” she said, adding that they received more customers as word went around that we folded clothes well.
Wan Nazwani said pressing and folding clothes with a professional and ethical approach allowed her to earn a good income that also motivated her to convince her husband, Mohd Ridzuan Baharudin to join the business. Both of them are in their 30s.
Mohd Ridzuan, an extreme sports organiser, gave up his business to help his wife. “We invested in a premium steam iron and we drive to people’s homes to fold or iron their clothes.
“It is an interesting job because we discovered that women dislike folding clothes. Many need the service during their confinement period,” he said.
Mohd Ridzuan added that the market for this service was big. “We work three weeks a month and are not weighed down by the conventional 9am to 5pm salaried job,” he said urging young Malaysians to think out of the box to earn a living.
For details, call Wan Nazwani at 019-3501886 or makcik.cleaning.services on Facebook.