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How do you guys schedule work? I have been struggling for months to get the right balance between having enough work and having too much. Most of the time, I too much work to do and can't keep up with what is already here. Does anyone have any pointers for me (this one man band) on how to properly schedule work.

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How do you guys schedule work? I have been struggling for months to get the right balance between having enough work and having too much. Most of the time, I too much work to do and can't keep up with what is already here. Does anyone have any pointers for me (this one man band) on how to properly schedule work.

 

When you say you are a one man band, does this mean you work alone? Also, how many bays do you have?

 

Scheduling correctly is a delicate balance and largely depends on how large your shop is, manpower, type of work you do and the amount of walk-in trade you get.

 

Give us a little more info so we can help.

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I am the only one working here. Its just me to answer the phones, do the work and test drives, and so on. I have a 2 bay garage (one bay with the lift and the other bay with an alignment machine) As far as work, its whatever comes through the door. I do 99% of my work by appointment because I am the only one doing the work.

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I am the only one working here. Its just me to answer the phones, do the work and test drives, and so on. I have a 2 bay garage (one bay with the lift and the other bay with an alignment machine) As far as work, its whatever comes through the door. I do 99% of my work by appointment because I am the only one doing the work.

 

In your situation, you will no doubt go nuts on a daily basis. But, how long can you keep that up? I did the same thing when I first started and finally crashed one day and I was in really bad shape, both emotionally and physically.

 

You need to think to the future and hire people. Take your time and look for a qualified B tech; someone who can generate income while you are doing the rest. In time, hire another tech tech. Always think about expanding and growing. You can't do that without good people around you.

 

Take it for what it's worth, I have been in business for 30 years and now have 2 facilities and nearly 20 people working for me. It’s a long and slow process but you need to think about it.

 

Sorry I got off topic about scheduling, but I felt this is all related and more important.

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Thank you for the advice. I know without a doubt that I will have to have employees to help me. The problem is my garage is at my house (no room for expansion) and this area is so expensive to buy and build/or even rent that I can't justify the cost yet. I don't want to turn wrenches the rest of my life. I love what I do but I don't want to be 30 yrs into this business with nothing to show for it but a busted body and no room for improvement...

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Thank you for the advice. I know without a doubt that I will have to have employees to help me. The problem is my garage is at my house (no room for expansion) and this area is so expensive to buy and build/or even rent that I can't justify the cost yet. I don't want to turn wrenches the rest of my life. I love what I do but I don't want to be 30 yrs into this business with nothing to show for it but a busted body and no room for improvement...

 

I see your dilemma, you will need to choose a path in life that makes you happy and earn a decent wage, without the worry about the physical exhaust related to what you are doing now. Maybe with the help of ASO you can gather ideas and put a game plan together. Check out my blog if you want some insight on how I expanded and overcame many of the issues a lot of us have in this business.

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