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Auto Repair Shop Coaching in Texas!

Auto Repair Shop Coaching in Texas!

How would you like to maximize profits in your Arlington, TX auto or diesel shop? Auto shop coaching and management training could be the key to transforming your auto repair business into the one you envisioned when you first began in this line of work. Whether your transmission or Euro shop is doing fairly well or you fear there will be no other option than closing up shop in the coming days or weeks, there is always room for improvement! Chris at AutoFix SOS will help you increase your diesel shop profits through effective coaching designed by someone who has been there and done that. It doesn't matter if you have been in the tire or lube shop industry for a year or two, or for decades. There is always more to learn, and the fact is you simply don't know what you don't know! What if there are other things you just a ... read more

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Auto Shop Coaching in Florida!

Auto Shop Coaching in Florida!

As the owner of an auto repair shop in Tampa, you may have faced issues that you think are beyond your control or problems that impact profits. You know all too well that so many transmission or diesel shops fail, leaving the owners with no options other than closing the doors. If you are stressed out about auto shop profits or other problems that are impacting your business, you will want to consider diesel shop coaching and management training. Why? There are lots of reasons to have an experienced professional who is not associated with your auto shop come in and provide much-needed help. The important thing to keep in mind is that you don't want just anyone to provide Euro shop coaching; you want a coach who is highly experienced, knowledgeable, skilled, and has reached tremendous success in his own business. That is where  ... read more

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Auto Shop Coaching, Tennessee!

Auto Shop Coaching, Tennessee!

Chris Cotton at AutoFix SOS specializes in auto shop coaching and management training for shop owners in Nashville and surrounding cities who face stressful challenges. Perhaps business is slow in your diesel or transmission shop, or you have cash flow problems. If profits are taking a dive it can leave you thinking maybe it's time to close up shop. Before you do anything drastic, it is important to know that increasing auto shop profits is possible with the right guidance! If you are wondering why you should consider Euro shop coaching or management training, the answer is simple. It's your business, your bread and butter - and giving up probably isn't the best solution. You may have employees who don't seem to be on the same page with you, or perhaps it's the financial end of things that has you baffled. Cash flow is essential, an ... read more

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Auto Shop Coaching, Louisiana!

Auto Shop Coaching, Louisiana!

If you are the owner of an auto shop in New Orleans, you know that at times maintaining or increasing profits can be a huge challenge. Depending on the economy and other factors, there are often good times and bad times. Whether you operate a transmission shop, diesel shop, or Euro shop it is important to know that help is available no matter what challenges you face! Chris Cotton offers management training and coaching to help ensure your auto shop reaches the level of success you dream of. Does it seem like you experience bad times far more often than good times in your tire or lube shop? You may fear you are on a slippery slope and there is no way to get back to the top. Perhaps it is finances, problems with employees, inventory issues, or other operational concerns that are keeping you up at ... read more

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Auto Shop Coaching, Kansas!

Auto Shop Coaching, Kansas!

Many auto shop owners in Kansas City face tough challenges; in some cases it may seem too difficult to overcome. Maybe it is a lack of business, or financial matters have you stressed out and wondering if the ship is about to sink. Whether you are the owner of a diesel or transmission shop, lube shop, or provide an array of services in your auto shop, Chris Cotton provides coaching and management training that is unsurpassed to help you stay afloat and take your operation to amazing new levels! Are you looking to increase your Euro shop profits, or is the situation on such shaky ground you don't know what tomorrow holds? Regardless of the point you are at in this very moment,  ... read more

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Auto Repair Shop Coaching, Missouri!

Auto Repair Shop Coaching, Missouri!

As an auto shop coach helping those across the nation and in the STL area for nearly three decades, Chris at AutoFix SOS knows how tempting it is for those with auto, lube, diesel, transmission, or Euro shops to walk away when all looks hopeless. The good news is that through effective coaching and management training, it is often possible to turn things around and enjoy greater profits than you could imagine! Whether you are the owner of a diesel or transmission shop, a tire shop, Euro shop, or any other business that is auto-related, there are specific things that determine whether you make it or break it. For instance, do you keep your commitments, set business goals, or brain storm what strategies might take your business to the next level? These are just a few examples, but you will find with our diesel shop coaching there is s ... read more

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Practice Active Coaching in YOUR Auto Repair Business

Practice Active Coaching in YOUR Auto Repair Business

This won’t turn you into a coach overnight, but hopefully it will make you a better leader and manager while at the same time help to reduce your employees dependence on YOUR TIME!    Active Coaching should be a daily, informal act, not just occasionally, formal “It’s Coaching Time!” event. The essence of Active Coaching lies in helping others and unlocking THEIR potential.   Deciding to take more of an Active Coaching roll is simple, but it’s not easy. It’s hard to change your behavior and it takes courage to try something new and it takes resilience to keep going again and again when it doesn’t work the first time. (Which it won’t.) So, try the following three questions when you start Active Coaching.   You will be surprised at how powerful these questions will be.    What’s On Your Mind?   And What Else?   What is the Real Challenge Here for You?    These three question ... read more

The Ultimate Technician Pay Guide *This Article Also Featured in Ratchet + Wrench*

The Ultimate Technician Pay Guide *This Article Also Featured in Ratchet + Wrench*

Article Posted on Ratchet + Wrench This statement may or may not be too surprising, for the proof is in the industry’s staggering technician shortage, with some reports showing that, by 2026, the industry will be over 46,000 technicians short. But, there is one element that the former statistic proves: the shortage isn’t entirely due to lack of interest.     “I feel like, for every person that wants to go out and write code or be a doctor, there’s an actual person out there that wants to work with their hands to build and accomplish things at the end of the day,” says Chris Cotton, industry coach and consultant. The technician shortage is an extremely complex and layered issue, but working toward keeping the technicians that do join the industry from jumping ship is a vital step to closing the gap. That leaves the question: How? “Young p ... read more

12 Things Your Auto Repair Shop Must Be Doing!

12 Things Your Auto Repair Shop Must Be Doing!

People ask me all the time What is the future of the industry? It’s great to be looking towards the future of the Auto Repair Industry but I see a majority of shops that aren’t doing things that are must do’s from 5 years ago.  The following list are things that I see successful Auto Repair Shops doing day in and day out. I also see a lot of unsuccessful Auto Repair Shops not doing these things. You may have programs that provide similar services to some of these. This list is what would be happening in my shop if I were to open one today and I am going to list the vendors by name that I would be using. Each one of these suggestions will make your shop a better Auto Repair Shop. Score yourself 1 point for each of those that you are doing and email me your score when you get done reading the article. [email protected] Put: Chris my score is: in the subject line. Feel free to ask me any other questions in that email as w ... read more

Auto Repair Shop Profit Margins

Auto Repair Shop Profit Margins

  One goal of any business is to increase its profit, but increased profit doesn’t always lead to increased profit margins. Whether running a tattoo shop or an auto repair shop, a business owner needs to understand the difference between profit and profit margin and realize which one serves you as a better measurement for understanding costs.   Profit is Total Revenue Minus Total Expenses This can help anyone better understand profit: sales-expenses=profit. This is a formula that is outdated and lazy, that we should be getting away from and is keeping you from being successful in your business. From now on I want you to think of Profit as: Sales-Profit=Expenses, but more on that later. For example, let's say an auto repair shop sells $500,000 worth of parts and labor a year and its total expenses to operate the store (rent, utilities, labor, advertising, licenses, merchandise etc.) totals $400,000. Take the $500,000 in revenue and subtract the $400,000 in expe ... read more

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