Lengthy vacations on a warm beach just feels more satisfying in the middle of winter, wouldn’t you agree? Right now I’m writing this week’s blog while sitting on a breezy sunlit balcony, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. I have to admit that the prospect of spending another 3 weeks with these same ‘harsh’ working conditions doesn’t suck.
How can I afford the time and money to take time away from my business to go on vacation for entire months at a time – and more importantly, how can you do it too? Easy. I made the decision to just give up! I threw my hands up and said. “NO MORE!”
- Trying to do everything myself
- Dealing with pain-in-the-ass clients
- Keeping lousy employees
- Wasting time on unprofitable work
- Having unsatisfactory customer service
- Allowing people to waste my time
- Dealing with other people’s emergencies
- Doing $15/hour work
- Excuses for not succeeding
When I finally gave up all that crap and fixed all those problems, a wonderful thing happened… I found myself with a whole lot more time and increased my profitability.
I know this almost sounds too simple. You were probably expecting some super complicated formula, maybe a map to the holy grail, or the recipe for the secret sauce. But no. Just give up.
Just think of all the time you’re wasting dealing with bad employees and the problems they create? How much of your valuable skills are wasted doing work that could easily be handled by a low-wage employee or an outsourced provider with special skills that you don’t possess? How much time and energy is being sucked up dealing with folks that continue to be headaches, or just as bad, always ask you for favors or special pricing (the dreaded price shoppers)? If you spend just an hour a week dealing with each of these problems, you’re wasting over 360 hours per year (There’s your month-long vacation, plus plenty of extra days to play ‘hooky’ throughout the rest of the year!)
We want to guide you in how to find auto repair technicians and auto shop employees (trustworthy technicians!), improving your auto repair marketing, updating your operations, establishing an online presence, and making your shop management the best it can be. After all, you’re a business owner! As a repair shop owner, I’m sure you put your blood, sweat, and tears into your shop. I don’t know about you, but I’d say such hard work is deserving of more time away from the auto shop to spend with friends and family, less stress, and more money in your pocket. It’s finally time to become that successful shop owner and live a better life – the life you envisioned when you became a business owner.
And please don’t discount what I’ve said here because you think ‘your situation is different’. I hear this all the time. It’s not. We all have challenges that we must overcome in one way or another. If a shop owner in rural Canada, 20 miles away from the closest town; a shop owner operating in the ‘poorest city in America’; and a shop owner surrounded by 42 other auto repair shops in the same two-mile radius can all figure out ways to create a million dollar auto repair business – plus find the time to get away and travel – so can you.
Let me ask you, on the list above, what are you holding on to that is more important than you finally being able to accomplish all of your goals and dreams? What are you willing to give up in order to make the change?
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