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Hope all are doing well, I have been absent for a while , life gets in the way at times. I have ask you guys questions many times and the answers have always been superb. This is not a question more like a huge decision I have to make. 

 My store was built in 1958 , just a square building with 4 outside bays across front with large roof system  and tech shop we added 10 years ago in the back with 5 stalls and 3 lifts. I have been there since I was 15 years old and now I am 60. We have always been squeezed with our corner lot, well 2 weeks ago the business next door which has 290 feet on the highway plus a very old body shop and a very old house that is liveable came up for sale. I have a contract on the property for 250k. But dang I wish I was 50 and not 60 years old. It lays out perfect where I could add 2 more open stalls and give anoher tech 3 new stalls down the side and tons of parking, I have none. We are busting at the seams,I need the room. no parking heck I cannot get all the work out of there daily. I can get some residule income from the one house, already had 2 guys ask me about rent on it. We have just had a huge brand new county jail built 2 blocks from us, Prettiest jail I have ever seen ,LOL, anyway guys I am having a hard decision on pulling the trigger , one thing is my age second thing I assume those  5 bays will help my bottom line tremdously. As you know with that comes a few more employees, new writer and probaly 2 new techs. Maybe I am apprehensive because I have never expanded like that. Has any of you guys done this or better yet gone through it, if so tell me the good the bad and the ugle. My employees are great but I will need at least 1 writer and 2 or 3 oil/tire/ tech trainy. Techs are hard to find today , I never thought I would be stealing other techs from other stores but I guess it is the way of th world. Any advie or help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks Guys, David

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Not sure I can offer advice, but I can offer encouragement.  Based on what you've said, this is a gift from heaven.    Ultimately, if the stress doesn't kill you 😬, you will have a bigger shop to sell and would likely reap bigger rewards when you sell it.   Ignoring capital costs, once you scale, your fixed costs won't increase significantly, which should help your bottom line.    It seems that you'd be crazy not to accept this gift.   

I'm guessing you are not the type of guy that sits still for long?   Am I right?  Ready to retire?   Likely you are still 50 at heart.   Go for it!

I can't tell from your messaging whether or not this would be two separate buildings.  If so, put the ones you trust the most in that secluded building!   It'll be the party shop otherwise.

With hiring, this is easy.   You stroll into other shops and solicit their employees == stealing.   You advertise and put the word out that you are hiring and other shop employees apply == recruiting.   Everyone got to my place by quitting somewhere else and for sure, they will quit here to work elsewhere in the future.  

Good Luck!  .... (and congratulations too)

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The choice is yours, of course. But don't make age an issue.  I did a major expansion at the age of 55, and then opened up two more stores by age 60.  I am now 65 and working on my exit strategy. I am down to one store at this time, my main location I started with 40 years ago.

What I can tell you is that you will need the RIGHT people around you. The wrong people will drive you to drink. Trust me on this!!!  The right people will lift you to another level that will allow you to reap the benefits down the road.

One last thing, and this is NOT due to your age...Create an exit strategy, or succession plan.  Everyone reading this, no matter how old or how long in business, needs to think about life after owning a business. 

No one can predict the future, but to work to help create the future is key.





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This is where I started (as stated by others) "Create an exit strategy, or succession plan". I would take that a step further and say "make a personal plan" for your next 20 years. 

For me, I would by the property, let the rental income be the return on my money, for the time being(assumes no banks or mortgages involved). I would not feel pressured to decide today, what ultimately would be the plan. I would be comfortable in the knowledge, that I just improved my real estate position substantially.

But that's just me. My plan is to be no more than a landlord within three years, and that plan is well in place. 

Here's a  good guy to talk to"


You would not have a wasted minute, in a conversation with Bob 


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On 12/23/2020 at 12:54 PM, bantar said:


With hiring, this is easy.   You stroll into other shops and solicit their employees == stealing.   You advertise and put the word out that you are hiring and other shop employees apply == recruiting.   Everyone got to my place by quitting somewhere else and for sure, they will quit here to work elsewhere in the future.  

I can't see us "stealing" employees in their own shop. Advertising has gotten us nowhere in our area with the shortage of experienced techs. 


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1 hour ago, MINI4U said:


I understand your frustration.  No one can truly steal anyone, because no one owns anyone.  We have issues, that's a given. We need to look at ways to retain good people. This issue will no doubt get worse as the skill level increases of quality people. 

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