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By Zs Automotive
I just opened an auto repair shop about 4 months ago, but I'm still working my full time job as a tech therefore I open the shop from 4 pm until 9pm M-F and 8-5 on Saturday. I'm starting to build customers but most are from referrals and neighbors I don't get much traffic cars. I'm starting to think that the hours I'm open don't really work for the auto repair business seems like after 6 everything dies. Has anyone worked this kind of hours or what do you guys think about this odd hours.
We currently pay our techs by the hour until business starts to pick up on mechanic jobs. Techs normally get a 1 hr lunch break (no paid). However, we have noticed that techs are leaving early and showing up late. As an off site owner, I find it difficult to keep track of hours, and would not like to pay for hours techs are not there. We have tried to use the honor system; however, may times techs are "forgetting" to note time in an out on the calendar.
Any suggestions? Do you use an electronic clocking in an out system? Have the manager in charge do it?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and opinions.
Let's throw this out for discussion. I own two Goodyear tire stores. For the last 15 years we have been open on Saturday from 8 till noon. We are closed on Sunday. We have a manager/service writer and a "B" level oil changer and tire tech. Most Saturdays we do 2 oil changes, a few tire repairs, maybe a tire or two. About once a month a set of tires. One or two people who only come in on Saturday but could come in during the week. Almost never make payroll let alone expenses. Looking into closing on Saturday, at least for the winter months. We are located in a downtown location and don't see much traffic on the weekends.
What do you do and what do you think about my situation?