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By Joe Marconi in Joe's BlogTypically, when productivity suffers, the shop owner or manager directs their attention to the technicians. Are they doing all they can do to maintain high billable hours? Are they as efficient as they can be? Is there time being wasted throughout the technician’s day?
All these reasons factor into production problems, but before we point fingers at the technicians, let’s consider a few other factors.
Are estimates being written properly? Are labor testing and inspections being billed out correctly? Are you charging enough for testing and inspecting, especially for highly specialized electrical, on-board computer issues, and other complex drivability work? Is there a clear workflow process everyone follows that details every step from the write-up to vehicle delivery? Do you track comebacks, and is that affecting production? Is the shop layout not conducive to high production? For example, is it unorganized, where shop tools, technical information, and equipment are not easily accessible to every technician? Are you charging the correct labor rate and allowing for variables such as rust, vehicle age, and the fact that most labor guides are wrong? Also, is there effective communication between the tech and the service advisor to ensure that extra labor time is accounted for and billed to the customer? These are a few of the top reasons for low productivity problems. There are others, but the main point is to look at the entire operation. Productivity is a team effort. Blaming the techs or other staff members does not get to the root cause in most cases.
Maintaining adequate production levels is the responsibility of management to create the processes that will lead to high production while holding everyone accountable.
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Maylan Newton, ESI- Educational Seminars Institute, is a business coach, trainer and industry speaker. Maylan's previous Episodes HERE Vic Tarasik, CEO of Shop Owner Coach. Vic’s previous episodes HERE.
A good technician only makes a good business owner with proper training, guidance, and accountability. You need these 5 professionals- business coach, accountant, financial planner, insurance advisor, attorney Build the business that survives you and provides a legacy to your family the business is not about you is about all the people that depend on the business for their survival, family employees vendors Most importantly, do not treat your business as a hobby you not fixing cars running a business The business owner is the leader, not to fix cars/writing service “People are so afraid of success, that when they reach success they self-destruct.” Not paying yourself opens the door to resenting the business. What is YOUR cost of doing business? Don’t let the high level of confidence in fixing cars create a false sense of security in solving all things in business. Ask questions of the right individuals- someone with experience who’ve successfully overcome what you have in front of you “Implementation of knowledge is power.” Focus on the fundamentals from the beginning “Begin with the end in mind” (Covey)- Now that your journey has begun, what is your endgame? “Life begins and ends at the edge of your comfort zone” Pay your taxes- set up a system where deductions from
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Maximizing Profits Or Happiness - Is There An Ideal Size For An Auto Repair Shop
By Joe Marconi
Many shop owners have increased their labor rates in the past year or so. That is great news. Now, what's your next move?
Anyone who knows me knows that, in my opinion, in general, we have been too cheap for too long. But, determining your labor rate is not the only consideration to attaining a profitable business.
What about productivity, efficiency, keeping expenses in line, gross profit, and net profit?
What are you doing to ensure you are meeting the financial needs of your business and also paying your employees the money they desire?
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