Starting a Bicycle/Moped/Scooter Service Shop

Perhaps vehicles and fixing/repairing them fascinate you. Well, you can go beyond mere interest and become an entrepreneur. Earn by providing repairs and maintenance services to owners of bicycles, moped and scooters. Don't know how to start the business?

Don't worry. We'll guide you through the basics of putting up your service and repair shop.

Have you observed the growing popularity of bicycle, moped and scooter in the neighborhood? That is because these light and handy vehicles are convenient and handy to use, aside from being inexpensive. While simple touch-ups and repairs can be done by owners, other fixing jobs are beyond the owners' ability. At this junction, your shop plays an important role -- a chance to earn!

Open a Shop at Home

Your garage or yard can be converted to a bicycle/moped/scooter service and repair shop. You can use the telephone, fax machines, Internet connection at home to contact and promote your business. You may even use existing repair tools and equipment. However, repair shop startup kits are available, too. To get started, you need to have ample knowledge about bikes (manual/electric), scooters (gas/electric), and moped and basic business skills. This is because the services you offer could involve detecting malfunction, replacing component, remodeling and repainting, among other things. Owners normally give high regard for their vehicles so you must be careful to provide professional and excellent work to satisfy your clients. You should also know where the best quality and affordable components and parts can be procured. There are online stores that specializes the sale of bike/scooter/moped parts. However, some owners may bring their own spare parts and just require you to handle replacement jobs.

Register Your Business

Every state or city requires you to register your business whether it's home-based or not. Hence, you should apply for a license, permit and other applicable papers to register your bicycle/moped/scooter service and repair shop. Every state or city has set their own procedures for business registration and licensing. You may need to remodel your garage or yard and have it checked by a fire inspector especially if you offer repainting jobs. As an example, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, you are required to submit a class N city license application, zoning business application, lease/rental agreement or proof of ownership, site/floor plan and required fee to obtain a license for a repair/repainting shop. The annual fee for the shop is $431 per shop location. The license expires after a year from the date of issuance but may be renewed. You also have to note that you are required to pay for sales tax (from 3% to 7%, depending on applicable laws) and other fees.

Startup cost for your home-based shop is estimated to be at least $10,000 covering working furniture/equipment, tools, initial parts/components/accessories, and utilities, among other things. Service rates depend on the complexity of the job and tools/parts needed.


  • Michael Jiang said on December 9, 2009
    Oahu, Hawaii, United States of America. I want to open up a moped rental store
  • LANDON FREEMAN said on January 6, 2010
    I would like to start a moped repair shop in my town my location is Kentwood, Michigan, united states
  • Larry Strahan said on February 15, 2011
    I would to start up a moped and scooter service, repair and sales shop. The location would be in Port Huron, MI 48060. I would like to get a loan locally if possible.
  • dustin dillenbeck said on March 29, 2011
    Jonesville, MI 49250. I would like to start a bicycle repair shop. i need ideas!
  • chris said on April 5, 2011
    i'm planning on opening a bmx repair/ sale retail shop in the bossiercity/shreveport area. there are no solely bmx shops in the area. my credit is not good do to school loans. where can i find startup cash for my business. it will make a killing here.
  • Keith Gittin said on July 13, 2011
    My family and I would like to open a moped/scooter sales and repair in the Stafford/Fredericksburg Virginia area 30 min from Washington D.C..I need an investor to help us. We know that there is not another moped/scooter store for 50 miles and this is an ideal location! We just need an investor to help us get started. If there is anyone who is willing to fund a start-up company, Please contact me, Thanks for reading, Keith
  • Petr Hausbeck said on October 13, 2011
    I am currently building custom mountain bikes out of my home in the Western New York area. How do I go about getting all of the information needed to be able to order from J&B IMPORTERS, INC? Also do you have a guesstimate on the costs involved to so so?
  • Jamie Hertig said on April 4, 2012
    i plan on starting a repair and sales shop for all makes and models of 50 cc scooters in my city i have completed the SBA websites online course on starting one and have met with two SCORE mentors today i just need to build capital or find investors along with some more market research etc would you be willing to point me in the right direction. and it is in lynchburg,va 24503 and i've been riding and working on them for the past five years or so
  • michael soares said on December 25, 2014
    hello at this time I do run a small thrift shop in new Bedford mass. I have had the store for 8 years now but in the winter it gets very slow i'm closed most of the time at least three months out of the year what I really would like to do is change the bissness to a scooter rentals I do have funds to start but id really like to have a partner it would be a lot less stressful on me someone who would match me dollar for dollar I already have the store front in the summer very busy here I would like to do something I like doing which would be a scooter rental please if interested let me know thank you have a nice day mike
  • Thomas E Miller II said on March 22, 2015
    Hi my name is Thomas I am very interested in opening up a moped/scooter sales and repair shop in Oahu Hawaii. As I am an eager individual to constantly learn as well as an owner of my own moped that I do all of my own repairs. I am also mechanically inclined and have more than just basic mechanic skills. I don't have the best credit report now because unfortunately I was a victim of identity theft. I would also need some financial assistance. If I could please get some help to make a career and something of myself. If someone could please help me get any information on how to go about getting this great opportunity off the ground it would be greatly appreciated. Mahalo nui loa ( Thank you very much).


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