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Old April 21st, 2016, 12:34 PM
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Shop owners, what would you do?

I'm at a point where I realise I need help. I find I can't run a small business and do the work.
So, I've asked around locally with the Snap-On and other tool guys, and the local tow companies if they have heard of anyone looking for a change.
I put an ad in the International Auto Technicians Network (iATN) that received a little interest, but nobody local or willing to relocate.

Where would you look?
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Old April 21st, 2016, 01:07 PM
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steal someone from the local service shop. or franchise dealer that knows what they are doing. offer them a couple dollars more. =) make sure you tell them they can have fresh eggs each morning.
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My buddy has been through the same thing. Currently he has three employees. One runs the office, the other two wrench. What I notice is that anyone you bring on board has to have more than a grease monkey's intelligence and ability.

Are there any local trade schools you can go to to track down people who have been working for a couple of years and hungry for more than oil changes on Toyotas?
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I'm at a point where I realise I need help. I find I can't run a small business and do the work. So, I've asked around locally with the Snap-On and other tool guys, and the local tow companies if they have heard of anyone looking for a change. I put an ad in the International Auto Technicians Network (iATN) that received a little interest, but nobody local or willing to relocate. Where would you look?
Move back to OM, and I help you with the office work

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Old April 21st, 2016, 02:11 PM
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A few options.

1) Have Gustavo run the business side
2) Relocate - which I'm sure you don't want to do. Potential employees may be hard to come by out in Hershey.
3) If you're too busy and that's why you need a second employee but are having issues filling the position, then charge more for your services. Eventually, equilibrium will be met. We have a painter in town who's the best. My parents used him back in the day when he was first starting out. The problem was, that he became too popular and had issues growing. Eventually he started charging more, grew his business slowly and organically, and today he's one of the most expensive guys to get, but still seen as the best, and people wait for him (or the guys he's hired and trained to work for him) to become available.
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I thought Goose was in "collections"?

Unless Andrea suddenly decides she doesn't need/want me or finds an even better position than what she has, I don't see that. This current arrangement has no rent or mortgage either.....
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Hmmm, am I busy because I'm too cheap? Probably not per hour, but I'm willing to bet my issue is that I don't consistently charge for all of the hours I've spent sorting out someone's issues, thinking that I should be super grateful for the business. Doesn't do anybody any good if do good work but don't have a plan to keep the doors open....
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