How to Start a Scooter Rental Business

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Scooters are a fun and easy way to get around. Particularly popular in vacation spots, scooters offer an inexpensive alternative for people in need of transportation.

Starting a scooter rental business is a great way to make money. If you are willing to work hard, especially during high season, you will reap the financial benefits of owning your own business. Plus, with average gas mileage ranging from 85 to as high as 180 miles per gallon, you can feel good knowing that your business is helping the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Business License (sometimes called Occupational License)
  • Liability Insurance
  • Computer for managing financial, employee and customer records
  • Telephone

Secure your local business license. Check to see if you need to apply for a sales tax and/or unemployment tax account.

Buy insurance. Explore liability insurance for your business and rental insurance for your customers.

Determine the need for security deposits, the method of payment, prepayment requirements and cancellation fees.

Purchase helmets in various sizes for your customers to borrow.

Establish policies and procedures for parking tickets, moving violations, accidents, insurance, use of helmets and return of vehicles (gas allotment, condition, etc.).

Engage an attorney to draft the rental agreement.

Create a marketing plan to reach prospective customers. Develop a website. Pass out flyers with discount coupons to hotels, motels and travel agencies. Research the expense and anticipated return on Internet advertising.

Track financial and insurance records with care. Ask your CPA to help you develop the best bookkeeping methods for your scooter business.

Learn to read the monthly profit and loss statement and balance sheet for your business. Use this information to manage your business through control of costs and more efficient marketing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Create a forecast of market need to determine the best level of inventory to carry.
  • Carry excellent liability insurance coverage to protect you and your business from lawsuits.
  • Require the purchase of accident insurance. This will not only protect the renter, it will also protect you, the business owner, from an uninsured loss.
  • Require a copy of a valid driver's license for each driver.

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