Friday, 22 July 2016

How To Start a Mobile Cycle Business In 3 Easy Steps

A few additional thoughts to share with you about starting as a mobile cycle mechanic, one of the most rewarding forms of business there is.

Despite what I tend to talk about on this blog, starting and running a successful business does not have to involve spending years planning, life savings and then embarking upon a long-winded odyssey of self discovery.

"The only way you are going to be in business is by being in business"

3 Easy Steps

1. Get a van. It doesn’t really matter which one, as long as it’s big enough, but you won’t get far without it.

2. Quit your job. You’ll need a few years for this, so write a letter to your boss explaining that you’re sorry but there’s something you have to do.

3. Open for business. You can’t run a mobile bike business without opening. So sign-write your business name and phone number on your van, load you van with tools and parts, list your website on Google and start fixing bikes.

Once you have accomplished the above three steps, the rest will work itself out.
 

Always make time for a coffee
 

Optional additional steps

Do research. You could spend several months collecting information about businesses and bike shops in your area you wish to work, how to market your business, where to find customers.
But equally you could start now, take it day by day and figure these things out on the road, trusting that instinct.

Training. You could go to the bicycle school and attended two or 3 weeks training and have the qualification to call yourself a professional. Alternatively, you could gain an equal (or higher) level of education by working on bikes all day, every day, during your first few weeks on the road.

Spend time saving money. You could put tens of thousands of pounds in the bank to create a feeling of security. Or your could sell everything you own right now, start at the end of your notice period, and then simply buy parts that you need for each job. You’ll accept all types of jobs, and avoid time off (you can do that when you retire). Simply use the skills you didn’t know you had to earn more locally.

Get loads of fancy equipment. You could blow a few grand on the best bike tools and a new van. Tools like spoke tension meter, where you can learn to feel the tension with your hands, bottom bracket facing tool, can always take the job to a shop who has the tools and add a percentage to the final bill. But equally you could buy used tools from ebay, parts/stock from a shop that's gone bankrupt.

Start a website, Twitter account and Facebook page. You should get up to speed on websites and blogging and social media and use all of these things to communicate your business in real-time from the road. Or better still stop using social media and spend more time putting your business on the road.

Working on the road:
There are so many ways to make long-term mobile bicycle business more complicated than it could be. Avoid trading one rat race for another, ensure that you enjoy your new lifestyle without simply transferring the stress and overwork.

Any questions you may have can be answered in a Skype chat or meeting with me, helping you put your business out in front.
  
“Starting your own business can be a daunting process. Research shows that many people who want to run their own business may need more help when they’re starting out"
 
Do you want the freedom of being your own boss but with the support of a national network, working in one of the fastest growing leisure sectors please do get in touch with Martin Wilkins at martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure.


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