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If our community here at AutoShopOwner has helped you in your business or in another way, please share with a post in this topic. There is nothing better than word of mouth and testimonials, some of which I'd like to post on our main page (coming soon). 🙂

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Car repair isn't a glamorous job, in fact it doesn't rank very highly as a career choice (ask any high school counselor) But, it is a way of life and a career for a lot of people, including myself.  I enjoy it, still to this day.  

ASO is one place where you can talk shop with like minded people in the business.  They're technical wisdom, stories, and passion for this trade is evident in the pages of ASO.

If you read a few of the topics from all over the country, you'll find that passion, that drive, that "want to do it better" atmosphere of helping people with their car problems.  We just don't fix cars, we fix people's faith in the automotive mechanic too, and that's what you'll find here at ASO.   

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Autoshopowner.com has helped me by showing me that there are others going through the same thing I have gone through or going through in the auto repair industry.

Running your own shop or enterprise can be a very lonely experience, as people of our caliber tend to be very busy and therefore isolated from other people like us.

I am happy there is a place like this where one can share experiences and use the site as a sounding board.

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Oh man, if someone took the time to go through my post history from beginning to now, you'd see what kind of help you can get from this forum. I've almost been tempted to go back and delete some of my 'less than impressive' posts! But hey, we all start somewhere, right?

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I joined ASO about a year and a half ago ,  the main reason was I was very frustrated with a lot of aspects of this field.  I was contemplating opening a shop, so I joined to get an idea and advice on that side of the business.  I have worked at the same shop for 26 years and found it frustrating that there was a huge lack of good shops/mechanics out there. I found ASO to be a great place to vent frustrations and in doing so found that I am by far not alone in the way I feel.  In the short time I have been a member I have come across a great array of great people who are willing to share all aspects of the career .  ASO in my opinion is a great forum where you can learn a great deal about all aspects of this field and get the answers to all questions to make a life decision a little easier.  It is also a great place to meet some of the top notch mechanics and shop owners and business people out there.  It should be a first stop for anyone wanting to have a career in this field weather as a shop owner or as a mechanic. It is a great place to learn and have fun !! There are a lot of great members on here to steer you in the right direction, or at very least to let you know that you are not alone . 

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Well.... I haven't been on ASO long but many many many many MANY changes have been made to my business since then and it's been largely due to the good advice I got on this forum. But most importantly, my stress level has decreased GREATLY.

My ARO has gone up, hired a master tech, opened a second location, signed the lease to the third location and opening next month. O yea I also got a tow truck since then as well. it's been about 3.5 months since I've joined. Implemented everything I read on here with my team. The strut sales post was very helpful and one of the first posts that has changed my shop. Thanks ASO

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23 minutes ago, xrac said:

Without this forum I would not know people like Simon, Jay, Jeff, Gonzo, Alec, Joe, Al, Spencer, etc., etc.,  Although we haven't meant in person I feel like you are all friends, compadres, and allies. 

Yea! It really does. I hope I get to meet you all someday

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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.
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