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My name is David and Im coming from northern VA area. I’m in the early stages of putting together my business plan for my next business endeavor. While doing my research on logistics, outlook, etc. for my new business I came upon this site. I have to say all the data research and project and planning I’ve done, does not compare to the priceless information I have gotten from this site so far. Little about myself I’m a Jr. System Administrator that is about to finally finish my school with a bachelors in Communication Systems Administration. I used to run an online store that sold high end European parts a couple years ago that was pretty successful but I was not able to put my full 100% attention due to me being in school and a full time job. Due to my busy schedule my customer service suffered a bit so the decision was made to close it, with the hopes of doing it later down the road. Life happened and was forced to put plans and school on hold for a few years. I have been finally been able to pursue my dreams of opening my business and finishing school. School has always been very important to me as I am the first to attend and graduate from college in my family. I also thought it was very important to have a backup plan encase my business doesn’t go as planned. With my new business I’m planning to do it full time and enact things I learned from my first business. By no means will this be a backyard mobile business. It will be run like a professional shop with the exception of being mobile. I have worked on cars my whole adult life but by no means I’m I an expert mechanic with is why I will hire one. Like I said I’m in the early stages of planning everything and will be asking many questions and as I go I would be more then help fellow members as well.

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Hey David, My name is Tim and I own an indipendent repair shop.When I first started my company I started it as a mobile repair service. Just like a fixed location it has its pros and cons. If you have any specific questions I would be glad to give you some input from the perspective of someone who has been there.

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      Got your attention? Good. The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect technician pay plan. There are countless ways to create any pay plan. I’ve heard all the claims and opinions, and to be honest, it’s getting a little frustrating. Claims that an hourly paid pay plan cannot motivate. That flat rate is the only way to truly get the most production from your technicians. And then there’s the hybrid performance-based pay plan that many claim is the best.
      At a recent industry event, a shop owner from the Midwest boasted about his flat-rate techs and insisted that this pay plan should be adopted by all shops across the country. When I informed him that in states like New York, you cannot pay flat-rate, he was shocked. “Then how do you motivate your techs” he asked me.
      I remember the day in 1986 when I hired the best technician who ever worked for me in my 41 years as an automotive shop owner. We’ll call him Hal. When Hal reviewed my pay plan for him, and the incentive bonus document, he stared at it for a minute, looked up, and said, “Joe, this looks good, but here’s what I want.” He then wrote on top of the document the weekly salary he wanted. It was a BIG number. He went on to say, “Joe, I need to take home a certain amount of money. I have a home, a wife, two kids, and my Harly Davidson. I will work hard and produce for you. I don’t need an incentive bonus to do my work.” And he did, for the next 30 years, until the day he retired.
      Everyone is entitled to their opinion. So, here’s mine. Money is a motivator, but not the only motivator, and not the best motivator either. We have all heard this scenario, “She quit ABC Auto Center, to get a job at XYZ Auto Repair, and she’s making less money now at XYZ!” We all know that people don’t leave companies, they leave the people they work for or work with.
      With all this said, I do believe that an incentive-based pay plan can work. However, I also believe that a technician must be paid a very good base wage that is commensurate with their ability, experience, and certifications. I also believe that in addition to money, there needs to be a great benefits package. But the icing on the cake in any pay plan is the culture, mission, and vision of the company, which takes strong leadership. And let’s not forget that motivation also comes from praise, recognition, respect, and when technicians know that their work matters.
      Rather than looking for that elusive perfect pay plan, sit down with your technician. Find out what motivates them. What their goals are. Why do they get out of bed in the morning? When you tie their goals with your goals, you will have one powerful pay plan.
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