Lessons Learned

Risky Business

Why loaning cars instead of offering rides can create a safer and less-expensive customer service. It’s good to periodically choose one line in the shop’s profit-and-loss statement and analytically rip it apart. For the purposes of this column, I’ll focus…

Productive Pay?

Great techs love to produce billed hours, but do you know if you’re getting your money’s worth? Editor’s Note: The labor rates mentioned in this article are fictitious and, therefore, should not be considered industry standards. Many shop owners fall…

What about Bob?

He’s a talented but belligerent tech, and he’s ruining the morale in the shop. What you can do to make peace. I was finally able to hire a tech that I had been chasing for a few years. His knowledge…

Supplier vs. Partner?

When your buddy and his buddies want a ‘favor,’ say no. I didn’t go to a four-year college and come home with a degree like most of my six siblings. It wasn’t my style. I knew from the time I…

A Sobering Thought

Why you don’t want to double down on a first-time hiring mistake. Regret “giving away” that Joe DiMaggio rookie card? Investing in that spaghetti farm? Getting married? We’ve all made a bad decision or two in life. And, hopefully, we…

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