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    Do you have an automotive management or business related issue that you need help with? If you don't know what forum to post in, don't worry, just start by posting a new topic in this forum and we'll move in the appropriate forum category.

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    General Automotive Discussion Forum. Here you can discuss anything Automotive related as a member of Auto Shop Owner! All General Automotive topics allowed.

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    • This piece was written in 2008 when we were looking for a new location.  It's written by Roy H. Williams who eventually became my business coach/adviser/copywriter. It's well worth the read/listen.  I prefer to listen because he has a radio voice. Follow the Sound of Bulldozers  
    • Location is a huge part of marketing.  A business guru once told me, "Expensive rent is the cheapest advertising you can buy."  To that end, I wrote an article titled, "How Changing Location, Changed My Life". It's a 1,400-word 7-minute read and chronicles the benefits of doing mindful due diligence in selecting a location.  I want to thank Joe Marconi in writing this article. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NXBSu9a22bCWnQVh6dRM1dMu76gESAr0MImFrjpOtWk/edit?usp=sharing
    • Remember COVID?  Many shops suffered because of their lack of cash reserve.  While no shop could fully prepare for an economic event like COVID, it is crucial that you build a cash reserve. What cash reserve do you have? How much cash reserve should a typical shop have?     
    • Got your attention?  Good. The topic of the tech shortage has been discussed, kicked around, and debated now for decades. It is nothing new. So, what are YOU doing about it?  If we wait for some "entity" to solve our tech shortage, we will be waiting forever.  Here is what I think, and tell me how you feel about this: All shops need to start an apprenticeship program Shop owners need to attend career days at the local high schools Shop owners need to reach out to tech schools and post-secondary auto tech schools and let them know of their apprenticeship program Shop owners need to improve the work environment to increase their employee retention rate Shop owners need to sit down once a quarter, do the math, know what they need to be profitable, and put a plan together to raise their employees' wages, including their own!  Thoughts? Comments? Opinions? 
    • With high inflation appearing to be an issue for the foreseeable future, I feel it is critical for shop owners to continue to promote the value and benefits of doing business with you.  Are your customers holding off on needed services or repairs? How are shops dealing with inflation?  And don't forget, inflation affects YOU too.   
    • I will be at the Elite Invitational next week and also making a presentation on "Identifying Your Ideal Customer."  If you are attending the event, please let me know. I would enjoy getting together.  For more information, click the link below.   
    • Let us all take time this Memorial Day weekend to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, protecting this great nation!   
    • Reggie Stewart, Reggie's Motor Works, and Noble Auto Service in Noblesville, IN, Euro Specialist. Listen to Reggie's previous episodes HERE Key Talking Points Did the owner pay off the property 30+ years ago? Why isn’t he paying himself rent? Do the employees of this shop make appropriate wages? Do they provide any benefits? What happens when you have a more complicated problem?  Then, they are perpetuating the idea that the auto repair industry is untrustworthy, when in fact it just costs more to build a modern trustworthy business. “There's a shop for every client, and a client for every shop”   Connect with the Podcast: Aftermarket Radio Network   Subscribe on YouTube Visit us on the Web Follow on Facebook Become an Insider Buy me a coffee Important Books Check out today's partners:         Set your sights on Las Vegas in 2022. Mark your calendar now … November 1-3, 2022, AAPEX - Now more than ever. And don’t miss the next free AAPEX webinar. Register now at AAPEXSHOW.COM/WEBINAR. More Time. More Profit. Transform your shop at getshopware.com/carm Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio

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