Looking to start your own mechanic business in Australia?
You’ve come to the right place.
Starting your own successful mechanic business can be done by yourself, though it won’t be easy. You have two options, go out alone starting from scratch, or let a business like Blue Toro provide you with a secure automotive business that will be profitable from Day 1.
We’ll break down the 6 steps to follow for starting your own business and let you decide for yourself whether you’re prepared to take the risks of going solo.
Step 1: Planning
It’s easy to get excited about your new venture and jump in before knowing what your goals are. While winging it works for some, it’s more likely you’ll find success if you come up with a solid business plan. There are three essentials to a great business plan:
- Know your local area – where are your target customers?
- A budget for both setup costs and ongoing expenses
- Your business name, logo and everything that goes with it; from the webpage to the phone number
Once you have these details outlined you should be ready to move on to the next step.
Step 2: Paperwork
To start any type of business in Australia there are regulations that must be followed. First, you’ll need an Australian Business Number, Tax File Number and to figure out whether GST is required. Next, you’ll have to decide if you’re applying as a sole trader, partnership or company. Then there’s insurance; for things like income protection and mishaps with your tools, and a business bank account to keep your income separate. Finally, some states and councils have specific guidelines you need to follow, so checking with your local regulatory bodies is always a good idea.
Alternatively, you can let Blue Toro do the hard work for you. Blue Toro has been creating successful, ready to go businesses for mechanics since 2014. To find out more, enquire now.
Step 3: Tools of the Trade
Every business needs a form of transport, a home office and the right tools for the job. Step 3 is all about setting yourself up with the essentials for a successful mechanic business; from a reliable van to a brand new toolkit.
Step 4: Finding Suppliers
Networking is a huge part of running your own business. It’s important to build relationships with the major auto parts retailers and anywhere else you can think of to keep your business stocked. Now is also a good time to find a trustworthy accountant so that your finances are in order from day one. With Blue Toro’s network of suppliers, finding auto parts is one less worry on your mind. We have preferred arrangements with Repco, Burson, Penrite and Valvoline. Our scale allows us to negotiate great trade prices so our mechanics earn even more.
Step 5: Marketing
When figuring out how to start your own mechanic business in Australia, marketing is arguably the most important step. How will you find customers if they can’t find you? There are many ways you can market your business, from business cards to vehicle signage, directory listings, a Facebook page and word of mouth. Marketing alone can be a full time job for your new business! Blue Toro has a dedicated marketing team that handles all of the hard work for you. And our marketing works. In fact, in most major cities we’re turning customers away due to high demand. We also teach you how to network and grow your business in your local community.
Step 6: Systems
The final step to a starting a successful mechanic business in Australia is having solid systems in place. From cloud based accounting, such as Xero or MYOB, to a professional customer booking platform; it’s essential that your business systems keep things running smoothly. With Blue Toro you’ll receive ongoing training and integration into systems that we know work well.
You Don’t Have to Do It Alone
Starting your own business sounds great, until you get into the nitty gritty details and realise that doing it alone is a big risk. Luckily, Blue Toro is here to support you. We’ve helped scores of mechanics start their own business and can guarantee success. Our business model provides all the security of employment with the freedom of being your own boss.
But don’t take our word for it. Just ask any one of our Bulls:
“Blue Toro has changed my life, the reality is, I wish I did it years ago” Ben, Northern Beaches