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I can show you how to start your own professional bike business.
Please read this Blog first! [especially this page, the frequently asked question page & Join a franchise or start your own bike business page] As I do get a lot of emails and then feel free to contact me, to see how I can help you start your new bike business.
When adding me as a contact, please email me your username and a time to chat can be arranged. I also use MSN chat.
After reading this Blog, you may have a list of questions. To know more email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email me if you like to meet or call me by phone.
Once you know what you need to start your own business and how to find customers, you can go out on your own prepared:
This business is unique, with mobile bicycle mechanics having been around for quite a time offering a great friendly service that conveniently comes to the customer. It's not too corporate for a group of people who are by nature individualistic and happy to be their own boss.
Due to so many enquiries seeking advice and support by people who are setting up their own mobile bike business, we offer unbiased advice and the opportunity to join our growing national network of members/mobile bicycle mechanics.
Cycle Tech UK / Cyclefix.net has already successfully helped more than 12 new business/members to start up there own business in the last 12 months.
If you are new to owning a business, you will be taking a trip into the unknown. That's where Cycle Tech UK can help and support you. See self employed
Mobile Bike Business help from Cycle Tech UK:
- Informal interview / chat to see if this business is for you
- Opportunity to join Cycle Tech UK or D.I.Y
- Cycle Tech UK offers help & support
- Business start up with advice and supply of tool kits and parts
- You run your own bike business independent under Cycle Tech UK name or D.I.Y
- You have your own suppliers
- Discounts on training, tools and parts
- Web listing
- Trade day meetings
- You can work to your own vision. (As a Cycle Tech UK member there is a minimum standard, which would be disused first.)
- How to find customers and how to keep them
- Advertising and marketing
The first step to your business:
Starting up your own bike business can be an exciting experience where you will be able to pursue long-held aspirations and be your own boss. But before taking that first step, there are a few things to bear in mind and much preparation should be made before taking that leap into the unknown. Before blowing your life’s savings, it’s worth having a long hard think about whether or not starting up on your own is really the right thing to do. There is also the chance that holidays might have to be abandoned during the early years of the business. Starting a new business is both exciting and rewarding, but it is also full of challenges. The level of commitment that you will need should not be underestimated. The success of your business will partly depend on your attitude and skills. This means being honest about a range of issues - your knowledge, your financial status and the personal qualities that you can bring to your new business.
Running a bicycle repair business is not easy, if you are new to running a business, it's going to be a huge learning experience. You will need to work long hours for little pay to build a strong foundation and it's not going to be a get rich quick scheme.
You will soon find that the bike trade is different, from anything else you have encountered in your past working experiences, if you are new to the bike trade there is a lot to get your head around with the way it works.
But it is possible to successfully master and turn a profit from it with the right kind of planning and support. It will help if you are mechanically and business minded or at least have a interest in bicycles. But to really succeed in any business or franchise, it is also important to have the following characteristics and background:
- The ability to sell yourself and your business
- Being creative, coming up with unique ways to market your business
- Self-motivation (even though it is your business, you are responsible for its success)
- Be flexible to change with any economic situation that may effect your business
- Being extroverted and trustworthy (especially in service-based industries.)
Knowing when to take the leap:
Bicycles have changed a lot in the last 30 years and are not as simple as one first thinks! If you haven't set foot in a bike shop recently you will be amazed at how much has changed. Full suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and carbon frames are now common. (There are also hydraulic rim brakes and electric bikes) If you think you can learn everything in a 2 week course you will be wrong! It takes years of experience, continuing training courses and product knowledge before you can run a successfully business.
If starting a bike business still seems like the right thing to do, the next step is to consider is:
- Is there a need for my services in the area I live
- BMX tracks, etc.
- What is unique about you or your situation that will enable you to be successful at this business
- How much money do you have to invest
- What would be the consequences of losing that money
- What return do you expect
- Where do I get the information
- Where do I get help and support
- How do I start my new business
- Do you qualify, for any government assistance programs
- Are you willing to work longer, harder hours including weekends
- How will longer harder hours, and few holidays affect your family or other relationships
- What complaints do local cyclists have about existing stores
- Have you made a financial plan that defines the capital you will need, projects your sales and projects your profits
- What is your marketing plan
- What trends in this business are forecast for the nation
- What plans do you have to acquire additional training for yourself
- What are the benefits of being a member of the network of mobile bicycle mechanics
- Is this type of work seasonal
- Is there a mobile bike mechanic already operating in your area
Also share the idea with friends and family.
Find current members visit Cycle Tech UK or chat to me on Skype: cycletech1
For further advice and ongoing support, please email me first with your Skype user name to help stop spam.
How Cycle Tech UK helped him start his mobile bike business 1 year ago.
The next step to your business:
- What to name your business Or use Cycle Tech your town
- Where to find training courses
- Where to find specialist bike trade insurance
- Where to find trade suppliers
- What parts to buy and stock
- What tools you need
- What type of van to buy (The mobile workshop)
- Buy used, new or lease
- How to kit out your van
- Where to find product knowledge
- Where to find support
- Where to advertise
- How to build and run a Website
To start your bike business is one thing, to keep it going and make a profit is an art.
Steps to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly:
- Being organized
- Having a business plan
- Control of your cash flow
- Bookkeeping up to date
- Continue to build stock and stock control
- Suppliers paid on time
- Maintaining booking jobs in and work in progress
- How to Stay Sane
- Dealing with seasonal peaks and troughs
- Expand your mechanical knowledge with up to date training courses
Then expanded in September 2009 to Cycle Tech UK (Most business are very professional, but I was finding some mobile bike mechanics listed on CycleFix.net where working part time, or as a hobby and not using the correct tools for my liking to give the right image.) So this network came about for like minded individuals who like to fix bicycles and start there own National network for strength & local service Read more.............
If you are looking for a lifestyle change, or move away from a 9-5 grind and generate a higher income, then Cycle Tech UK is where it can all start.
- Unique 'you own your own business working under a great brand' unlike a franchise.
- Your own website, you can update as you like
- Cycle Tech UK clothing
- Continued help and business support - we want to be known for offering the best service.
- See Unique Opportunity To Join Cycle Tech UK
New key areas where we have high demand for mobile bicycle repairs, currently available:
Central & Greater London
Harrow & Uxbridge
Existing areas for sale:
For details on other areas pleas contact email@example.com
I recommend a minimum personal investment of £10,000 plus parts is required to cover business set up.
I can help you with a business plan, setup costs & forecast
"Talk to me first" I can help you save money as a Cycle Tech UK Member:
- Cut costs in your business
- Save money on business setup costs & running costs
- Improve performance in key areas of your operation
- Taking advantage of our bulk buying group service
- Discounts on training, tools and parts
I like to help & share my experience with you to build and run your own professional mobile bike business. As a member you join our network, I give you all the information you need, my support and there are no monthly fees. (You would struggle to make a living as a franchisee) According to the adverts, it's all so easy to achieve! There's no previous experience required!!! Don't be misled, please read this first Join a franchise or start your own bike business
I am happy to discuss with you the opportunity to set-up your own business:
I can offer a consultation service on an individual needs bases to a full Cycle Tech UK member.
Please Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
I can send you a Cycle Tech UK Members Agreement, for you to read and sign if you wish to join Cycle Tech UK.
Please read our FAQ's
As the network of mobile bicycle mechanics grow, there is a need to have a map to outline the work areas of mobile bike businesses. So corporate company's looking for a mechanic to build/service bike(s) can easily find you.
It’s been my experience that your mobile bike business will grow and you will likely reduce the area you cover. And able to offer a better service to the customers you have built your business on locally. Benefiting by having your customers closer, saving on fuel, travel time and response time. New businesses tend to focus more on the size of their prospective territory rather than on other factors. Territory size is a compelling topic in franchising: Many franchisees are under the misconception that the larger the territory the more insulated they will be from fellow franchisees and the greater the potential for added growth.
The member’s territory represents the foundation of the business. With few exceptions, it’s where your customers, revenues and future growth will come from. If the territory is too small it can make growing sales more difficult. It could also allow for a fellow member on the border of your territory, to vie for customers in your territory. Large territories can be difficult to develop and may require added resources.
My Skype username: cycletech1 please email me first, for me to acknowledge you and make a time to chat!
- Bicycle Tools Having the right tools for the job is the first step towards a successful business.
- Stock List You will need to carry a stock of parts: Will consist of workshop parts and consumables for a range of bikes. (Cycle Tech can suppliy it's members a stock list and set-up parts)
If you build it they will come:
Mobile workshop or collect and deliver?
Which works best and which is most profitable?
You will need a garage/workshop that has power, is dry and secure.
You will need to find your market, how to target customers and the area you will cover. You may find the travelling around London slow and expensive, the whole mobile mechanic business model is a tricky one to get right in a busy city.
Our Practical bicycle home mechanics training school (TM), teaches general maintenance to the pubic.
The big question:
How much money will I make? ££££££££££££££££
It all depends with the way you start and run your business, location, how much work and effort you put in.
You should be able to pay yourself up to £2000.00 a month gross. (less over the winter period) after your first year. And still invest in stock and also start to build a cash flow. How much to charge per hour
It's going to take over 3 years of hard work before you start to make a reasonable living from it.
While you are building your business, you still need to pay your personal monthly outgoings. I found it difficult at the start, even with my experience of having worked in a bike shop and having run my own mobile car repair business. There was not much help or information out there when I started. I did not borrow any money only used savings to buy my van, this saved me paying interest and monthly payments. I knew before I started it would be difficult finding parts suppliers, low income during winter time, long working hours and not having a holiday was my main concerns, but I had a good business plan and found a way to overcome these issues.
Can I help you? Yes is the short answer, but it does need to come from you. Like I have said before: You need to have motivation (even though it is your business, you are responsible for its success)
Mobile bike business run by people who are only bicycle hobbyists, and not business people, typically find the going tough in today’s competitive market. Today’s consumer wants high quality, great personal service, at a super-low price.
Starting your business partime is good way to have a income while you set your business up, but for most people it will be difficult to run this business part time and to make a profit, even working full time it’s going to take over a year to recover your start-up investment. Its not easy running any business, there is lots to think about and challenges. which you need to over come. You will need to do your accounts, pay VAT, TAX & NI. No holiday or sick pay.
The bicycle trade can be a roller coaster ride and it is to easy to become a 'busy fool' but with the right business planning and a chat with me, will start you business in the right direction.
See Business Link. And The Federation of Small Businesses
Avoid Advertising Scams, expensive web designers and advertising company's that say they can make you number 1 on Google ect ect....................
Seize the moment:
There are many reasons for beginning your mobile bicycle repair business, now in an environmentally conscious time period. The government are looking for ways to reduce congestion in the city's, rising fuel prices with the bicycle being one of the least-expensive transportation choices available, as well as a wonderful tool for fitness and fun. The bicycle affects peoples’ lives in very positive ways.
Bicycle usage in the UK has grown steadily throughout the years, although its popularity has risen sharply in more recent times. This is largely due to the fact that people have become more conscious of eco-friendly transportation methods and the damaging effects of cars and public transport on the environment. Furthermore, lengthy traffic jams, congestion charges, road tolls and inflated public transport costs (which, in theory at least, should have decreased during the recession!) have driven many people to using bicycles.
Equally, riding bicycles to and from work each day is an excellent way for people to get into shape, which is another major problem affecting the world. As with cars and other forms of transportation, the bicycle is not without its problems. Indeed, bicycles require regular maintenance and can tend to break down quite often if they are routinely neglected. Common mechanical and maintenance related problems affecting bicycles include punctured tyres, faulty brakes, loose wheel and frame nuts, slipped chains and misaligned wheels. Any of these problems can make the bicycle virtually impossible to ride properly. Furthermore, faulty or ineffective brakes can be very dangerous and, in the worst case scenario, these can even prove fatal. Indeed, the perils of bicycle riding should never be underestimated and this is why it is always important to have bicycles regularly maintained and serviced.
The growing number of women cycling are more likely to use a mobile mechanic than visit a cycle shop. Even if they don't cycle them-self's, they don't have the time to take the family bikes to the shop!
Women are happy to ask cycling related questions to the mobile mechanic.
Which include; where is a good place to cycle with children, what is a good bike/type to buy, saddle height/fit and maintenance questions. All of the advice can be given at the comfort of the customers home at a time to suit.
As with any business, your results will vary and will be based on your personal abilities, experience, knowledge, capabilities, level of desire, and an infinite number of variables beyond our control; including variables Cycle Tech or you have not anticipated. There are no guarantees concerning the level of success you may experience. Each person's results will vary.
These are just some of the things I can help with as a member of Cycle Tech. And being part of a network is good for any business. The information is from my experience as a mechanic/sole trader and I can’t guarantee your success. With the right planning you can make your new bike business prepared.
Help make a difference to the environment
Always believe in your self, be positive and have Passion in what you are doing.
I hope the above has been useful.
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