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Is the choke opening or is it staying closed? Do you have a good battery, as the fuel solenoid in the carburetor has to have 12 volts to keep engine from starving for fuel when it closes. Which engine do you have?
Courage or Command? SV or CH series? Have you checked the choke and the fuel solenoid?
See link above. figure # ***** shows the solenoid. It plugs the main jet when closed. It has to open as soon as the key is turned on and needs 12 volts to stay open.
before replacing it, remove it and remove the working tip, and re-install as a dummy. Then see if the engine runs. It should be something the average DIY could do. I don't know your expertise.