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With me is Maryann Croce from SmallBusinessvantge.com. She and her husband Tony also own Croce Transmission in Norwalk, CT.

As a business owner, she can chalk up many a mistake that has turned into wisdom. She has been there and done that and shares 5 key principles to help a startup business person get ahead of the game. She is speaking to resilience, commitment, getting help, being curious and giving. Learn why messaging, relationships and financials are vital no matter what stage you are and your business is currently in. Don’t believe you need to go it alone.

Maryann was a banker turned business owner. Tony was a technician turned shop owner. She is also a member of Women in Auto Care and owns smallbizvantage.com

Her biggest mistake as a new business owner was thinking she had to do it all. This is one of the reasons why her signature talk “Gain Control by Letting Go” was created.

Maryann is also a member of Women in Auto Care and owns smallbizvantage.com. Hear Maryann in her previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Technicians turned owner- technicians are do-ers, want to get things accomplished but end up being stuck in comfort zoneOwner different skill set- need plan of action and look at business as separate entity  
  • MVP: mission, vision, purpose- why are we doing what we do every day? What motivates you besides the financial aspect? What are your core beliefs? What led you to become owner? 
  • Impact, community, purpose- communicate that to your team, align yourself with employees and customers that want to be part of it
  • Maryann’s inner motivation for business- resource for community, gave different perspective looking at business 
  • How do I ________? Grow sales, close more sales, cut costs, build business culture etcStart with you and 1 problem at a time
  • Example: Struggling with sales- what is the process? Who are you marketing to? Is your customer your ideal customer?
  • Look at business from the viewpoint of the customer- what is their challenger? Want a vehicle repaired but want convenience, warranty loaner car etc. 
  • Never unload your problems onto customer- part did not come in, technician out, it negatively affects customer’s experience 
  • Your business needs to be sustainable long termHabits of not charging for certain things, discounting etc- you are not making impact or helping your business 
  • Dive into your reviews and feedback- businesses grow when owners grow
  • Smallbizvantage.com- free resources

Resources:

  • Thanks to Maryann Croce for her contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
  • Link to the ‘BOOKS‘ page highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library HERE. Leaders are readers.
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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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