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Brainstorming on Shop Ownership – A Business Not a Hobby [RR 607]

Chris Cotton has been in the customer service industry for over 40 years and has been in the auto repair industry for over 25 years. He is a former shop owner that has dedicated his life to helping YOU to get your business where you want it to be and helping you FOCUS on the things that matter to you. Find Chris’ previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Cannot fall under the assumption that once you buy a business it will start generating cash flow return- most of the time you need cash flow to put into the business  
  • Additional expenses
    • Marketing expense 3-5% – Facebook Ads, website, ad words campaigns, direct mail 
      • Need more than a website (need to have SEO content and ranking): need people to be able to find you. Potential customers will Google search for repair shops.  
    • POS system, software upgrades, systems/processes
    • Payroll, accounting, business coach
  • Evaluate the business- budget, budgets, sales level, profit 
  • Equipment maintenance- age of equipment, upgrades, inspections on lifts, set aside money for what will wear out and need to be replaced
  • Seek help from other shop owners/business coaches
  • Make your business work for you, don’t let you work for the business
  • Succession planning
    • Easier when it’s done in house 
    • Transition to go from one of the coworkers to now the boss
    • HR- Always changing and evolving, refer to handbooks, job descriptions, training, and state requirements when it comes to firing an employee

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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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