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By Joe Marconi in Joe's BlogMost shop owners would agree that the independent auto repair industry has been too cheap for too long regarding its pricing and labor rates. However, can we keep raising our labor rates and prices until we achieve the profit we desire and need? Is it that simple?
The first step in achieving your required gross and net profit is understanding your numbers and establishing the correct labor and part margins. The next step is to find your business's inefficiencies that impact high production levels.
Here are a few things to consider. First, do you have the workflow processes in place that is conducive to high production? What about your shop layout? Do you have all the right tools and equipment? Do you have a continuous training program in place? Are technicians waiting to use a particular scanner or waiting to access information from the shop's workstation computer?
And lastly, are all the estimates written correctly? Is the labor correct for each job? Are you allowing extra time for rust, older vehicles, labor jobs with no parts included, and the fact that many published labor times are wrong? Let's not forget that perhaps the most significant labor loss is not charging enough labor time for testing, electrical work, and other complicated repairs.
Once you have determined the correct labor rate and pricing, review your entire operation. Then, tighten up on all those labor leaks and inefficiencies. Improving production and paying close attention to the labor on each job will add much-needed dollars to your bottom line.
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As an "old timer" who got his start during the muscle car era, this is hard to accept. Am I too sensitive?
The Associated Press covered some of the driveway mechanics and enthusiasts who are converting classic cars into electric restomods.
This includes some business owners like Sean Moudry, co-owner of InspireEV near Denver. He recently restored a 1965 Ford Mustang with an electric powertrain. The project cost upwards of $100,000.
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Did you know 80% of small businesses do not survive the departure of the current owner? When is the right time to prepare your business for sale? The day you opened your business! How do you maximize your selling price? Is there a simple way to quickly valuate your business? Hear from 3 business coaches on the importance of properly planning your business for sale.
Bob Ward, President of Wardden LLC, Look for Bob’s Previous Episode HERE. Perpetual Business Co website HERE. Rick White, President and Lead Coach for 180BIZ, Listen to Rick’s previous episodes HERE. Chris Cotton, AutoFix Auto Shop Coaching, Chris Cotton Weekly Blitz Podcast
Understand your business Profitability Selling your business properly takes planning- don’t have a reaction selling plan. Never make a decision in a ‘valley,’ aka emotional. You can’t sell sweat equity. Your business is for sale every day- every decision affects your business. Your goal as an owner is to work your way out of the company, not get stuck in the job. What is your identity? What is your identity post ownership? To maximize your selling price, you need two things: Sustained profit (typically an 8 to 10 year runway) and a business that will operate without you. Staff is aware and supportive of the owner's succession desires and planning- everyone should be involved respectfully. Your team wants certainty. Create a haven where they can feel safe, do their job, be challenged, be a part of something, and have fun. Do you have the right people and team in place? What is the market for selling your business? 80% of small businesses do not survive the departure of the current owner. Hiring is like fishing- know what fish, what bait will attract the fish, and where is that fish. Consider ‘ownership potential’ when hiring quality staff. Show a future no one else does. What does training do? Improve skills and communication. The more we communicate, the less friction there is in the business. Valuate your business- the stuff inside your building, cash flow, multiple average 2.5. Take your assets, 25 cents on the dollar plus inventory as part 1, then your cash flow multiplied by 2.5 to get a ballpark number. 6 Metric Multiple- how independent is the business from the owner? Customer facing employees tenure, production staff tenure, stability, revenue trends, gross margin trends and SOP for business. Multiplier- confidence factor. How confident will the new owner feel when the old owner is out? Financial records are pure, accurate, and updated- get your balance sheet right, and don’t hide cash from the business.
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How has Matt Lachowitzer been able to expand his multi store business while maintaining the culture within it? How did his team support each other through the sudden passing of a key manager? It all starts with building better people. So how do you do that? How do you find those unicorns that want to grow with your company and lead better lives themselves? Matt Lachowitzer, Matt’s Automotive Service Center, Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota and Minnesota. Listen to Matt’s previous episodes HERE Show Notes
Lost a key manager that passed away in the shop- 43 years old. Got the shop back together with the help of the other shop managers. Paid everybody for the day off for the funeral and for the day that they closed. Promoted within and already had potential employees in the wings- always be recruiting. A new hire must read 2 books (Customer Service Revolution- John DiJulius and Unstoppable- Dave Anderson) and will spend 30 days in training before they're really set loose. Multiple different layers of managers- district managers, store level managers, shop foreman, and a lead tech that oversees all the shop foremen. Don't just build better team members, but rather build better people. Focus on hospitality training. Rip off and duplicate- nothing's new, you just have to make it yours. FORD - family, occupation, recreation, and dreams. Acquisitions- owners retiring, consolidation. What is your exit strategy? Pay attention to Opportunities- little things that matter. Do research and homework on the company before investing in or buying them Advice if you want to grow to multi shops- have a phenomenal team before starting a new shop, people who want to grow with you. Share your goals with your team. Be transparent. Have your finances in order. Solid systems and processes. Keep the career path aligned so they're growing and seeing the value and the work they're putting in. Connect, build a relationship and have a coach. You learn from every interaction, every moment of everything you do if you allow yourself to be able to be open to it. Launched ‘Hammer Consulting’ Coaching
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