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I noticed a while ago there were several small engine repair shops in my area.  I was amazed they were making enough money to have an entire shop.

This got me curious, so I thought I would do some research and see how much money you could make in small engine repair and what the career options were in this field.


Market Research

I first went to Google and checked for search data.  Turns out the term “small engine repair near me” gets about 3,600 searches per month with several related searches getting a fair amount of volume too.

Next I wanted to see in my local area how the businesses appeared to be doing.  Of the 3 shops nearest me they had an average of 84 Google reviews meaning they’re getting a good amount of customers.

small engine repair business listings with reviews

This makes sense.  People would rather pay someone $80 to $100 per hour to replace something that could potentially cost a lot more if they go buy a replacement.


How Much Money Small Engine Mechanics Make

This takes some guessing but after doing my research, here is what I’ve found about small engine repair salaries and business income.

First I went to the internet and researched sites like Salary.com and Glassdoor and saw that online people are saying that a small engine mechanic makes somewhere between $14 and $18 per hour. I searched local jobs and found that’s pretty accurate if you’re employed by a small engine repair shop.

Small Engine Repair Business Owners

It’s hard to speculate what you could make as a business owner because other factors come into play like marketing, salesmanship and customer service.

There is no shortage of engines to work on. I noticed lawn mowers, trimmers and edgers, leaf blowers, aerators, pumps, pressure washers, tillers, snow blowers and chainsaws.  From what I could tell on local business websites the going rate is about $80/hour plus parts if you’re the one running the show

Not only can you repair these products you can sell new or repaired items as well giving you another income stream.


Ideas To Make More Money In Small Engine Repair

If this were my business the first thing I’d do is print flyers and go knock on doors.  With the number of small engines per household, you’re more than likely to find at least one person per hour who needs an engine repaired or know someone who does.

Next I’d attend local networking meetings like BNI groups, business meetups and other networking meetings and get my name out there as a small engine repair genius.

I’d also collect broken equipment all summer, repair it over the winter and sell everything in the spring to generate extra revenue all year.

I’d also get a website put together ASAP and get listed in Google so people can find you that way too.


How To Become A Small Engine Mechanic

There are more than likely courses at your local community college that can give you hands on experience fixing small engines.

You could also learn these skills online, however I’d recommend finding some free small engines locally that are running or broken to work on while learning the skills.  I found that Penn Foster offers a 4 month program that will certify you in small engine repair.  There are also free courses in small engine repair you can find here.  If you go a free route I’d recommend working for free or a reduced rate on your first couple customers, then get reviews from them to vouch for your skills.

It’s also always a great idea to have a physical book or two to reference and read over a few times.  This one on Amazon looked pretty good and was the most recently published


Should I do more posts like this? Let me know in the comments!