According to me, there are two types of people in the world:
People who hate doing laundry.
Those who love to do laundry.
If you’re on Team Laundry and actually enjoy the whole routine of wash-dry-fold and repeat… there’s an opportunity for you to make some great side cash with SudShare!
What the heck is SudShare?
SudShare An American, person-to-person, company based out of Baltimore, Maryland that allows consumers to hire independent contractors to wash and deliver their clothes. It’s basically like DoorDash or Uber but for laundry services. The service is available in more than 400 cities and more than 50,000 people work as “SudStars”.
How does Sudshare work?
For consumers, SudShare is a pretty neat deal. You register for an account, label your pickup spot (example: front door,) list your preferences (premium fragrance, hypoallergenic, or if you provide soap,) and special instructions (example: bleach or hang dry.) You also will be Ask if you have a special item, if you need an item deep clean, or if you want to upgrade your protection to Premium or Premium Plus.
After you list your payment method, you can choose a Sudster and confirm your order The app gives you a pickup window and a confirmed delivery date and time. Your Sudster will message you with an estimated pick-up time and you will then be able to place your laundry at the specified pickup location. You can put your laundry in large trash bags or in laundry baskets or bags. Usually, the laundry is delivered the next day.
For those less interested in using SudShare as a service and more interested in using the app as an income generator, there are a few things you need to know before scrubbing in.
Sudstar makes their money in two ways. You earn money by pounding laundry and tips. In more populated areas, Sudsters earn $1,000 to $2,000 per week!
When you sign up with Sudshare, you have the flexibility to create your own schedule. You must have a washer, a dryer and access to transportation for pick-up and delivery. Sign up requirements are pretty straightforward. Initially, you’ll watch a short, basic training video from Sudshare to get you started. As a Sudster, you choose a radius of where you want to work. In this job, you can be your own boss! Choose the jobs you want and reject the jobs you don’t. From there, you’ll accept a job, sort the laundry, wash the materials, and return them to the client for same-day or next-day delivery. Most orders require next day delivery unless otherwise noted.
How much does SudShare cost?
Sudshare charges $1 per pound of material. Simple enough.
How much can you earn from SudShare?
Pay for SudShare is 75 cents per pound of laundry completed plus tips and bonuses. If you accept same-day service jobs, the pay is $1.75 per load. Depending on your washer and dryer, type of work, etc., you can earn up to $20 per hour. Payment estimates vary based on how far you have to drive, how much materials you have to buy, etc.
Payments are sent two days after service unless you are a Diamond Sudster, where instant payment is a major plus.
What are the requirements to do laundry at home?
The obvious answer is a washer and dryer, but you’ll need a few items to complete the job. This may include:
- Gallons or Bulks of Different Laundry Detergents – Your clients can supply you with their favorite laundry, fragrance boosters, dryer sheets, etc. However, they may not. If they don’t provide you with those materials, you’ll want to have the supplies on hand to wash a load of those clothes!
- Dryer Sheets or Wool Dryer Balls – No one likes static cling.
- Plastic bags – After you’ve folded all these clothes, put them in a safe, weather-proof bag. Your clients may provide you with laundry baskets, but you’ll still want to close the bags to keep bugs, pets, and the weather out of your hard work.
- Ribbon – Something cute to tie up those bags
- Clothesline – To prevent dreaded high-water pants or turn that knitted sweater into a crop top, hanging clothes to dry may be necessary. An inner clothes line that is easy to put on or take off will be your friend.
- Plastic clothes covers – If your laundry care includes putting clothes on the hanger, a plastic slip will help ensure they stay clean from your home to the closet.
- Hanger – you know…hanging clothes.
- Fabric softener – floral, musk, meadow, clean cotton, apple… the scent possibilities are endless. Your customer may have a specific scent they want you to use. If they don’t give you what they want, it can be helpful to have alternatives on hand.
- Thank You Cards – Giving a gesture like a card or sticker is a great way to thank a customer for their order and hopefully, earn them business in the future.
- SudShare Gear – You may want to purchase some branded accessories to help legitimize your side hustle.
Is laundry work worth it?
There is no doubt that you can earn extra money by working with apps like SudShare. However, it is important to remember that you may be working on one order for the whole day. You’re primarily working out of convenience and will rely on tips to make the job truly worthwhile. You’ll put extra wear and tear on your machine and you’ll want to make sure you’re making enough money to make this job worth it to you and not just cheap labor for someone else. As an independent contractor, you’ll want to keep track of your receipts, your water/electric/gas bills, and your mileage.
Does SudShare have similar services?
Hampr – It is almost similar to Sudshare, but the payment structure is very different. Instead of “per pound,” hemp is paid by the load used. Price per load averages $10 to $15 per load and “washers” (do they have something opposite the letter E?) make up 70 percent of the total. Washers keep their tips and can enjoy a weekly payout.
wash off – Same premise with a very different schedule. This is a W-2 job with a flexible schedule. Employees can get some extra steps while picking/dropping clothes and provide a seamless customer experience. Predictable shift-based income ($20/hour and up) plus tips and mileage reimbursement.
Apps and sites like TaskRabbit and delivery.com Also add laundry to their list of services. To learn more about these sites and other WFM jobs with a flexible schedule, Check out this post.
Is SudShare legit or a scam?
Not everything comes out in the wash (pun totally intended.)
A number of complaints have been reported on TikTok, Reddit and various other social media highlighting the app’s issues. However, the issues are mostly contractor-related and not necessarily an issue with the app itself. These include lost or stolen clothing, poor communication and terms of service violations. SudShare offers additional coverage to customers in case of a calamity, but you need to ensure that it covers the cost of clothing.
However, many Sudsters point out that while this is a great opportunity, there are some caveats.
- To accomplish this task you will need to keep track of your purchases and save your receipts.
- You’re a contractor, and you need to save at tax time.
- You are using your own gas, often your own laundry detergent, and your own machines to perform this task. You’re earning extra cash, but you also have extra expenses. It is important for you to decide if this job is worth it to you in the long run.
- Job opportunities can be plentiful or rare depending on your location.
Have you worked with SudShare? Spill the tea on your experience in the comments below.