In these days of the Covid pandemic many of our homeowner members are working from home. Sometimes that is easier than others. If you have a business that can be managed virtually through the internet then as long as your wifi is strong you’re ok. But what if your business needs physical space? What if you run a car repair shop? Well if you have a large garage at home you could open a home garage repair shop. Here’s what you need to consider.
How to open an auto repair service in your garage
If you are a car owner, you are probably aware of the fact that having an auto repair service can be a really profitable business. After all, most people that own cars have to visit a car mechanic at least once a year for maintenance. Moreover, many cars can be really high-maintenance and break down on a regular basis.
Considering this, it is obvious that you can make quite a lot of money if you know your way around cars and open an auto repair service. But what if you do not have the money to rent a garage in which you could start your business?
The answer to that question is rather simple. All you have to do is open a home garage auto repair business! To make it easier for you, we prepared a list of things that you need to consider before getting down to business. Take a look!
Get your home garage business ready
The first thing that you need to do is prepare your garage for the arrival of your first customers. First of all, you should take a look at your garage door. Does it not work properly? Are there any gaps?
If that is the case, you might want to check out the torsion springs, as they can get worn out and break after a few years of daily use. If you feel like your garage door needs new torsion springs, take a look at a garage door spring size chart and buy ones that fit. And if you do not feel like fixing your garage door, you can always hire a professional to do it for you!
Next, make sure that your garage is not cluttered. If there is anything in there that you no longer need, throw it out. Other than that, take a look at the walls and the floor. Are there any stains or mold? If so, then clean it all up. It will make your business look much more professional and welcoming!
Get a license
Even if you plan on opening your auto repair business in your own garage, you still need to apply for a business license, no matter what state you are a resident of. Keep in mind that you will need to pay an application fee. It is also worth mentioning that some states will require your business to be insured before giving you the license.
Develop a marketing plan
If your business is new, there is a high possibility that nobody will know about your services. In fact, many people might not be aware of your home garage business unless they are your neighbors! One of the things that can help you with that is a marketing plan.
You can print out a few leaflets with your contact information and put them around the town. Other than that, you can start a home garage website and set up a Google My Business page. That way, your customers will be able to find your business while looking for an auto repair shop on Google Maps, which is quite useful!
Ensure you have good lighting
Are there any lights in your garage? If that is the case, then you should determine whether they are of high quality. If not, then it can turn out to be quite problematic. First of all, poor lighting can cause headaches and fatigue after prolonged exposure. Second of all, if you are not able to see what you are doing, you might end up hurting yourself while working.
When it comes to garages, you might want to invest in cold lighting. It will make you feel happier and more energized, and as a result, you should be able to get more work done.
Make a price list for your home garage service
What customers like even more than quality service is a great deal. So it is important for you to be aware of how much fixing various car parts costs. Additionally, if you have some spare parts lying around your garage or at home, consider selling them on eBay or Craigslist as well. This will help create extra revenue for your business.
Start an auto repair business today
After reading this article, you should be ready to open your auto repair service in your home garage. And if your business turns out to be pretty profitable, you might end up buying a separate workshop in the near distant future.
You have to remember that the beginnings are not going to be easy. You will have to clean up your garage, get a license, and come up with a marketing plan, among other things. But in the end, it should all be worth it. You will become an experienced business owner with a profitable auto repair business! Good luck!