Pete Jefcoate, of Cycle Repair, in his cellular bike repairs and upkeep enterprise run from his van.
An Invercargill man is taking a inventive flip together with his entrepreneurial expertise by going again to a standard approach of doing enterprise, with a contact of modernity.
Pete Jefcoate has opened Cycle Repair, a bicycle restore and upkeep enterprise from the again of a van.
“My enterprise is exclusive in that somewhat than being a standard bricks and mortar store, I’ve constructed a workshop right into a van,” Jefcoate stated.
The idea of his cellular restore enterprise is harking back to days when sellers went to the patrons, equivalent to travelling salesmen.
Jefcoate made this shift as a consequence of Covid-19. The bicycle restore store that he used to work at closed down.
“I used to be form of at a lack of what to do,” Jefcoate stated.
Considering he may work at home to do repairs, he came upon the suppliers of the bicycle components didn’t approve.
“They don’t need folks working from house. Typically folks have performed that previously is in order that they might get low-cost components for his or her mates,” he stated.
That was when he acquired the thought to start out doing repairs from a van. A mechanic mate of his was doing one thing related in Tasmania.
It took a few month to repair up a van as a mini workshop after which in October 2020 CycleFix was born.
Folks have utterly been re-thinking of how one can do enterprise for the reason that pandemic hit, Jefcoate stated.
Southland Chamber of Commerce chief govt officer Sheree Carey stated there had been a shift in the way in which folks did enterprise since Covid-19 hit, particularly extra to do with know-how.
Many companies in Southland that solely had web sites, added purchase and promote options, she stated.
It grew to become a necessity for a lot of companies particularly throughout lockdown Carey stated.
“Southland companies didn’t have that earlier than,” she stated.
Most referrals for CycleFix cames from his social media web page on Fb, Jefcoate stated.
He may see folks shifting their pre-pandemic enterprise fashions, as since he began CycleFix, he had realised it had given him extra flexibility to maintain his household.