Hi Lei -
I think it is great that you want to start up an oil change business.
As a shop owner myself, I could go on and on for hours talking about the subject.
I guess my biggest tips are...
-If you are going to be running it (versus hiring a manager) make sure it is your passion. You are going to eating drinking and breathing the business for at least a few years while it gets up and going, as long as you know that going in, and you really enjoy it - than you will be in good shape.
-Have a plan *before* you get going. contact your local Small Business Association to get help in developing a business plan and perhaps even finding funding.
-Think about whether you want a partner in the business. I*m two years into to doing it alone - and sometimes I really wish I had a partner to share in both the wins and the hardships.
bottom line, if it is what you want than go for it, don*t take no for an answer and make it happen. Just do your homework first. Most start up businesses that fail do so due to lack of planning and lack of finances.
Good luck! And if you want to talk more - you can contact me through my website... I*d be more than happy to share my experiences with you!
〉 Answered on Mar 9th, 2009 by Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive