Starting a lawn mower repair business is a super home business idea for you if you’re very good with small engine repair and knowledgeable about repairing and maintaining lawn mowers.
Here is an ideal home based service business idea for you if you have good mechanical skills. My lawn mower guy is always in demand and is able to maintain my mower so it’s in tip-top shape whenever I need it.
Don’t discount this as a “little” business because he makes a good living repairing these small machines.
Put your lawn mower repair business to work on the hundreds of motors and mowers located in close proximity to your neighborhood.
There are currently millions of these motors in the U.S. and most of the owners (like me) know very little about how to keep them running.
In addition to repairing lawn mowers, my friend also works on other small engines -- including riding lawn mowers, snow blowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, ATVs, snow mobiles, etc.
He is just a master at keeping these small engines in tip-top shape and making sure all of his client's have tools and toys running when they need them.
This could be YOU! Be your own boss, work at your own pace!
Whenever I have problems, I head for my local lawn mower repair business to help me.
You'll want to identify a workshop area large enough to store the small machines, extra parts, and your tools. This can be your garage, a shed, or an out building if you have one.
Encourage repeat business by offering a semi-annual or annual Maintenance Program (including a full tune-up and checking major items -- air filer, pull rope, clutch, starter, belts, etc.)
Use word-of-mouth advertising with friends/family, local gardening stores, RV/Boat shops, and ATV dealers.
Resources: Your workshop needs to be equipped with a place for securing motors, parts, and your tools. Scheduling system for tracking customers, motors, and providing services within the time specified.
Knowledge of costs associated with repairing small motors, wholesale parts sources for items you do not keep in stock, and ability to provide correct estimates to your customer.
Time Required: 5-15 hrs/week; can work full-time 30-40+ hrs/week
Training: Obtain training in the maintenance and repair of different types of small motors from other individuals, repair manuals, local parts stores, and technical colleges. Consider attending a class on scheduling and inventory control at the local community college.
Market: Lawnmower, motor boat, golf cart, and ATV Owners
Home Based: Yes
Start-Up Costs: $500 - 2,500
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: Set-up your lawn mower repair business and workshop in your garage or out building. Plan to secure the small machines, extra parts, and your tools.
Minimize cash outlay by purchasing specialized parts only when you have machines requiring the specific piece and consider requesting payment upfront to minimize your cash expenditures.
Use word-of-mouth advertising to let your customers know you’re in
business including promoting your services at local events, garden shows/clubs,
and greenhouses. Look for “freeware” or
“shareware” to meet your scheduling needs and to receive credit cards for payment.