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It seems like October comes upon us pretty quickly. Next thing we know it will be Jan and we won't have a plan. Once you start creating your projections for the year and you have good tools to do it, it really doesn't take that long to come up with a plan. Review your expenses and your sales history and you should be able to come up with a plan.

Since I live in Texas we just don't really have the major seasonality that others have but we do have about 3-4 months where we perform the major portion of our a/c work derives from, I project a little differently. I really look at where we will finish the year out and what kind of sales growth I expect in the next year. Once we figure what that top lime number is, I just divide it by the number of work days and that becomes the sales target for the day. I then look at what resources are needed to obtain the sales figures as well as the breakout of parts and labor. I figure in what type of efficiency we expect as well as the gross profit required to meet our profit goals. I factor in planned wage increases,for various positions and review the the required amount of techs to achieve our goals to make sure we have the right amount of staff. You also have to factor in vacations and paid holidays. Once the plan is completed the manager and office staff buy off on it and we lock it down.

We then just run a simple spreadsheet where they just enter the days sales and number of RO's and it lets them know where the are for the day, month and year. If the number is below it will be in red and if the number is at or above it will be green.. It's simple and it works. We don't win everyday and don't need to because we hit home runs occasionally. We also don't scramble at the end of the month trying to make a number. We play the game everyday.

We've been using the simple sheet for about 3 years and we beat plan every year. Sometimes I think we aren't as aggressive as we should be but I want the goal attainable.

Really the importance is in having the plan and knowing what we need to do to be successful. It makes it much easier to sleep at night and gives clarity to what we expect and want to achieve. It all sounds complicated but it's really easy if you track your numbers, plus I've spent time developing the required spreadsheets. Just to give an ideal of the detail, we budget what we will spend on toilet paper, hand towels, customer refreshments, and even hand cleaner. Some of it's almost anal but my nature is I the details..

I think another important factor is understanding your people and personalities. We do DISC assessments on all of our people. I am not a dominant type person (D) and am a strong ©. My manager is a high D who wants to be in control and in charge, he also scores high as a C which is not typical. How do I use this? I work with him him in the plan and he executes well. (Better than me)

If you don't do this you should start, the assessments are about $30. I use peoplekeys.com

 

Hope this is helpful...

 

 

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
      One last thing; the cost of technician turnover can be financially devastating. It also affects shop morale. Do all you can to create a workplace where technicians feel they are respected, recognized, and know that their work contributes to the overall success of the company. This will lead to improved morale and team spirit. Remember, when you see a technician’s toolbox rolling out of the bay on its way to another shop, the heart was most likely gone long before that.
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