mrfixit wrote:Would anyone like to talk about how to start a small engine repair business? I thought about the type that you go to a persons house and repair (tune) their equipment. Inventory control is important and how people handle a break that can't really be fixed. (Broken bolt) (Stripped treads) ... I have always fixed my own stuff..I have a certificate for small engine repair and I am studying to become EETC Certified.
Should I just go to an established business and start? I am 55 and do computer work for UPS. I hate it and would like to do something more relaxing and interact with people. Any help and advice would be appreciated
I would not say small engine repair and dealing with the public is relaxing. Dealing with the repairs is fine, the people that own them is a different story.
Your best bet would be to try and get a job at a local busy shop. And get lots of experience fixing stuff. I would say 3 to 5 years worth. If you are thinking of starting your own business in this field, you need to know everything you can before you start.
If you are not a good mechainic and can not fix things "right and fast the first time" your in for an education in stress and poor finances. You cant make any money doing this if you are always trying to fix something for the 3rd 4th and 5th time.
A lot of people think it's easy to work on this stuff. Maybe because it is small? Maybe because they think there cant be much to it? Who knows what goes through peoples minds about things but believe me, there really is a lot to it.
With the fuel we have to deal with and the EPA changes to the engines they are not getting easier to work on and they have to be fixed "perfect" to run correctly.
I have been doing this for many years and I still learn something most days. No one knows everything about this stuff, there is simply to many differant makes & models of it and new stuff coming out all the time. If you are going to be a fix everything kind of guy you have to know a lot about most of it, not just a few brands.
Good luck though, hard work and persistance does pay off. Just try and learn everything you can before jumping in over your head. If you work at another shop for a while atleast you will have resources there to help you when you need it.
You can still make money doing this but it is not easy and you better be good at it. Starting a business from nothing takes a lot of time to get a customer base built and to get the word around that you do good work.