You may be able to see the similarities between riding a motorbike and running a business. They can both give you a sense of power and freedom if you get it right, but if you crash it can be a painful experience. But, how can you actually combine the experience of riding with the experience of running a business?
If you are looking through motorbike sales online, to get yourself a new machine, have you thought about combining this passion with making money? Here are a few ideas about how you can create a business from your interest in motorbikes.
Open a motorbike repairs business
If you already know a lot about maintaining a bike, you might want to think about training to be a mechanic. After time served working for someone else, you could set up your own business, repairing the machines that you love.
Sell spare parts for bikes
If you do not want to spend time training to become a mechanic, you may want to put your experience to use selling spare parts for bikes. The advantage of this type of business, is that you can have a bricks and mortar presence, and also sell to customers nationally and internationally online.
Sell clothing and accessories
If you have a flair for design, you can put it to use creating your own range of hand designed t-shirts. You may want to combine this type of sales with the provision of the latest in motorbike accessories, including locks, boots and designer kickstands.
Become a motorbike courier
Working as a motorbike courier means that you can do what you love, and make money from it. However, riding for a living is very different to riding for pleasure; it can be stressful. You may want to start off by riding for a company, and set up on your own when you have more knowledge.
Starting off in business
It takes a lot of hard work and effort to start off in any type of business. But, if you are working in an area you love, you should have less problems sustaining the passion. There are certain actions you need to take when starting your business:
- Write a comprehensive business plan.
- Put financing in place and plan your budget.
- Set up contacts with suppliers.
- Complete research to establish your customer base.
- Take a look at your competitors.
- Establish a marketing strategy and plan, including an online presence.
Paying careful attention to all of these steps gives you a better chance of business success.
If you want to keep riding a motorbike as a leisure activity, that is fine. But, if you want to make money from something you love, there are several ways to go about it. You do need to be aware that working at something you love can cause you to love it less, if you let it. To reduce the risk of this happening, it’s important to plan, so that your business is more likely to be a thrilling ride than a painful crash.