How to get Profitable Fast – by James Mitchell
If you are reading this, it’s probably because you are the owner or operator of an automotive workshop and you’re trying to work out how you can make your business grow, with more profits and less complexity.
You are almost certainly looking for solutions – new strategies and ideas that you can implement right away to make your business more streamlined and efficient.
You may also be at the stage in your business where it’s time to take it to the next level. You are probably tired of chasing up details (that should be automated), using systems that are out-dated and, above all, tired of watching lost opportunities falling through the “cracks” of your business operations.
If any of these thoughts resonate with you and your business, then I may be able to help you.
My goal is to offer you solutions to the problems and challenges you face in your business, along with new and innovative ways to solve the most common problems that you experience in your auto workshop. Over the coming months, I’ll be contributing my top tips on how you can get more from your business and I’ll share ideas on how you can implement simple strategies for great results.
Here are a couple of thought-provoking questions to consider as we begin our journey into growing your business:
1. Is your business growing at the rate you had hoped for?
Maybe you started off with a small, easily-manageable business and then had a period of consistent growth. As you enjoyed more business success, you may have expanded further and taken on more staff. Perhaps now you are finding that your business is getting to the point where you need better systems to run it. You are probably looking for ways to streamline the operations of your workshop.
It’s very likely that you are facing similar types of challenges to the ones many other workshop owners are experiencing on a daily basis.
2. Do you wish you had more time and energy to focus on what you do best?
Perhaps you started your own business because you wanted to work in car repairs and focus more on the operations of the workshop. Maybe you are a great technician but running the business isn’t your core expertise. You may be finding that as your business grows, you have to give more time and attention to the business aspects, rather than the actual car repair side.
Many shop owners I speak with assume that because they are experts in the technical side of the business, they will also be good at growing the business. Unfortunately, things don’t work exactly as they had planned and many businesses fail because of that type of thinking.
Your core business and your area of expertise is servicing and fixing vehicles. However, the day-to-day running of your business – administration, record-keeping, communication and accounting – often takes up a lot of your time, making you less efficient as a result. In a perfect world, you would have a system to make those areas of your business easier to manage. These are the top 10 biggest business challenges that hold most shop owners back from taking their business to a new and more profitable level:
1. “We don’t have an easy and reliable way of tracking vehicle information and history.”
2. “We spend a lot of time writing or typing job stories.”
3. “We need better ways of communicating with our clients.”
4. “How can we make sure we aren’t under or over booking the business?”
5. “Is there a way of making sure our mechanics are charging all of their time?”
6. “We don’t always know the exact status of a job.”
7. “We are constantly looking up sell prices for parts.”
8. “It’s a problem remembering who we owe money to and when to pay them – and then we have to load electronic payments manually into our bank software.”
9. “Working out GST and BAS at the end of each quarter is a nightmare.”
10. “We don’t know how to make the business easier to manage.”
Over the next few months, I will be discussing the scenarios in which these challenges can present themselves and the solutions that will enable you to better streamline your business, making it more efficient and, in turn, more profitable. You may be asking yourself, how it is that I know so much about the challenges that you are experiencing in your workshop.
I have been in the Workshop Software industry for over running Australia’s #1 Operations Software for Auto Workshop Owners, for over two decades. Over the years, my team and I have personally worked with hundreds, possibly even thousands, of workshop owners, who have come to us asking for help to solve their operational challenges.
I will share with you the culmination of personally spending countless hours talking with our customers about where they started in their business and how they have grown so quickly and efficiently using smart systems across their auto workshop operations.
I love to help auto businesses be more successful. If you’d like to chat about your situation, I’d love to hear about your experiences and the top challenges you face in your business, email me on [email protected] or call 1300 729 658. I’ve also just released a book called “How to Get Profitable Fast”, which Workshop Software Clients can received FREE by going to www.FreeAutoShopSuccessBook.Com.au.
To your success,
Australia’s #1 Business Growth Expert for the Automotive Industry
James Mitchell is an Author and CEO of Workshop Software Pty Ltd www.workshopsoftware.com. He can be contacted on [email protected] or 1300 729 658 Get his book FREE www.FreeAutoShopSuccessBook.Com.au.