A motorcycle repair business has increasing demand as enthusiasm for sport, convenience, and reducing fuel costs grows.
There are roughly 9.5 million registered motorcycles in the U.S. which is a terrific market for providing your services as the amount of motorcycles continue to increase.
Share your interest in motorcycles or dirt bikes with your fellow riders! How about starting your new motorcycle repair business in your home to limit your overhead costs? This joins the list of ideas for a home business.
Provide a terrific service for your customers providing your expertise, knowledge, and mechanical abilities on keeping their bikes well maintained and safe.
Specialize in specific bike manufacturers – Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, or other brands. Or focus on fixing bikes used for long distance rides, cruising, sport, or racing.
With motorcycles being cost effective (requiring less gasoline and maintenance than cars) and fun to ride, the market continues to grow for services on these bikes!
Provide this very important service to your customers – ensuring their bikes are safe and well-maintained when they’re on the road.
Allow your customers enjoy the freedom of the “ride” without the hassle of maintenance.
You can set-up your motorcycle repair business in your garage or workshop at home. Clean-out the garage to store bikes, extra parts, and tools.
Use word-of- mouth advertising with friends/family, at local rider hang-outs, and bike rallies.
Provide a Preventative Maintenance program (can you include a 10-point safety inspection?) for your customers to encourage repeat business and keep your customer’s motorcycle in great shape with well-maintained, safe bikes.
Resources: A large workshop area for securing motorcycles, parts, and your tools. Scheduling system for tracking customers, bikes, and providing services within the time specified. Knowledge of costs associated with repairing motorcycles, wholesale parts sources for parts you do not keep in stock, and the 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 on the maintenance and repair of different types of motorcycles from other individuals, repair manuals, local motorcycle/parts stores, the internet, and technical colleges. Consider attending a class on scheduling and inventory control at the local community college.
Market: Motorcycle Owners/Riders
Home Based: Yes
Start-Up Costs: $500 - $5,000
Minimizing Start-Up Costs: Arrange a space in your garage or an outbuilding (shed, barn) for your motorcycle repair business to secure motorcycles, parts, and your tools. Minimize cash outlay by purchasing specialized parts only when your customer needs these parts 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 fun rides and rider “hang-outs”. Look for “freeware” or “shareware” to meet your scheduling needs and to receive credit cards for payment.