Are You Involved in B.S.?Posted 10/11/2006
By Charlie Elder, AAM, Chairman
Are you involved in B.S? If you aren't then you should be!
You have a partner in business, but you may not realize it. Your partner is called "government" and takes about 30 percent or more of your income every year. When you consider the impact of local, state and federal taxes, fees, registrations - and the time involved in filing reports - the cost is huge.
You may be thinking that everything to do with government is "B.S." and you avoid it at all costs. That can be a costly mistake.
The truth is, you can actually protect yourself by getting involved in B.S. The B.S. I am talking about is "Bob's Stuff." I am referring to Bob Redding, our ASA Washington, D.C., representative. Bob represents us well in D.C. and helps to protect our ability to do business and avoid costly paperwork and tasks. Bob's main focus is on federal issues, but he monitors state issues that impact our businesses as well.
To protect your business and fully take advantage of what's available to you, it's important to be informed on "Bob's Stuff." I have avoided problems and costs many times by knowing what my partner, "government," is doing. A partner that takes one-third or more of your income, yet you may never communicate with or let it know that what it is doing is a bad strategy.
Bob writes an article each month in AutoInc. to inform us about our partner. There is information available 24/7 at our legislative Web site, TakingTheHill.com. You can also use the Web site to easily communicate with your elected representatives and steer your partner into thinking more like you think. I also encourage all ASA members to join ASA's "Alert Network" through TakingTheHill.com. The network will alert you to any impending legislation, on both a federal and state level, that directly impacts the automotive repair industry.
By putting pressure on your "partner," you can keep more money in your bank account and share less of it.
Get involved and stay informed on B.S. - "Bob's Stuff."
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