If you are looking to start your own business, you may want to consider starting your own small engine repair business. You will provide a service that is always in demand and is easy to do from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a solid knowledge of small engine repair, the right tools to get the job done, and a designated space to work, such as a garage or shed at your home.
What you will work on
Small engines are used in lawnmowers, chainsaws, grain augers, weed whackers, electric pumps, snow blowers, go-carts, golf carts, etc., which means you will have year-round work when you open a small engine repair business. Anything that operates with a small gas or electric-powered engine will eventually need some type of repair. These small engine devices also require regular maintenance to keep them running efficiently, which can also be included in your business service profile.
Skills you will need
Being able to troubleshoot small engine issues and fix them is key and can be learned through an online or local community college course if you need to brush up on your skills. It is also important to be able to have a designated space to work, such as a garage or outdoor shed to protect your customer's equipment from the elements. Good customer service skills will help you communicate well with your customers and provide the with the services they need in a timely manner.
If you live in an area that has several equipment rental companies, you will have the opportunity to offer your services to repair their rental equipment. You can also market your services to local businesses that may need small engine repairs for their property maintenance equipment. Once you get your name out there and provide great services for customers, they will in turn refer other potential customers to you, so your advertising costs will be minimal.
Working on small engines does not require as much equipment as working on large engines, which makes it easier to get started without a huge investment in equipment and supplies. Even for those who have limited knowledge of small engines, courses are available online or from local community colleges that can help you brush up your mechanical skills in a short period of time. If you are looking to start a small business, small engine repair is a great one to start.