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For Some Businesses, Saving Time is Money

It seems no matter how many ways technology improves to make life easier, there’s always something left undone. Some area businesses are banking on the idea that time is money—especially if it means letting clients concentrate on building a business. Here are a few local time-saving businesses that render picking up dry-cleaning on a lunch break a relic of the past.

Pressed4Time, (352) 372-0545
What it does: Pressed4Time is a national franchise that claims to be the largest business of its kind nationally—and for good reason. The mobile dry cleaning service not only professionally cleans clothes, but it picks them up and delivers them to a home or office free of charge. Owner Mark Algar says people are drawn to his business because of one word: convenience. “You don’t deal with traffic, and there’s no difference in cost from other dry-cleaning businesses that don’t deliver,” he says. The business also provides shoe repair, laundry and alteration services.

What it costs: Prices range from $10.20 for suits and dresses to $2.20 for shirts. To compare prices in the Gainesville area, visit Pressed4Time.com.

Student Maid, (352) 672-0038
What it does: Student Maid exists, as they say, to make life easier. The business employs college students whose backgrounds have been checked and who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The company not only cleans houses, but also it helps clients move, does some yard work, provides tutoring, does house-sitting while clients are on vacation, walks dogs while they’re at work and more. Student Maid works with both residential and commercial customers. As the staff will tell you, they’re “here to help.”

What it costs: Some prices are set. For example, pet- and house-sitting are $40-$60 a day, tutoring is $20-$30 an hour, and yard work is $35 an hour. Other services require an estimate. For more information, visit studentmaid.com.

John Isaac’s Clothing, (352) 225-3577
What it does: Sometimes half the battle is simply knowing what to wear. John Isaac’s Clothing takes the guesswork out of getting ready in the morning by creating custom picture books that contain coordinated outfits from each client’s closet. And that’s just one of many convenient services. In addition to selling everything from casual wear to suits, John Isaac’s Clothing will tailor clothes, custom-make clothing to fit a customer’s lifestyle and consult for a “closet clean-up” that weeds through clothes that are outdated. What it costs: There’s no charge for a consultation. Visit johnisaacsclothing.com for more information.

Take Away Gourmet, (352) 374-4433
What it does: Skip the drive-through and opt for a healthier and equally convenient dinner option: Take Away Gourmet, located at 3345 Southwest 34th Street. Customers can choose to order food a few days in advance or stop by for a grab-and-go item, with options including individual-sized meals or casseroles that will feed up to eight people. Hot meals, salads, baked goods and even items that are prepared for grilling make an ideal option for fall tailgates or unexpected guests. Take Away Gourmet also delivers.

What it costs: Grab-and-go items range from $3.25 for a side dish to $12 for a casserole that feeds three to four. Prices are listed next to menu items at takeawaygourmet4u.com.

Swamp Life Mobile Repair, (352) 494-1274
What it does: Flat tire on your scooter? Swamp Life Mobile Repair will be on the way. This business exists to make scooter, motorcycle and ATV tune-ups as convenient as possible. The team replaces tires and provides oil changes and tune-ups. They can also repair a scooter’s throttle cables, belts or fuel system. Owner Bobby Swan has worked in the motosports field for more than 11 years and created his business with that in mind. The best part? On-site estimates are free.

What it costs: A scooter oil change starts at $25 and tune-ups range from $80 to $110. For all other rates, visit swamplifemobile.com.

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