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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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Toastmasters.org to find a local club- go as a guest to start! You’re in a system and a process for communication- fake the confidence! Barriers- imposter syndrome There is no such thing as a neutral exchange between people- you leave someone either a little better or worse in every engagement Use of 3’s- never complain, criticize or condemn Providing feedback ‘Ums’ ‘ah’ ‘er’ - eliminating filler words, pause instead, and it creates better listening skills Note taking skills Thinking freely in impromptu moments Practicing with structure Online curriculum, management site, assessment test, path of communication courses, Engaging people in your community Every Life Has A Story
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