Many of the business owners who use Profit Boost have large operations, 10 bays and sales in the millions of dollars a year. Many, but not all, and they were not that large when they joined us. They grew their business using Profitboost Shop Management Software.
For those of you that have a small auto repair shop, maybe you are doing it all answering the phones, ordering parts and being the service writer as well, this can be the next step for you to take to simplify your paperwork (and eliminate unnecessary paperwork), perfect your record-keeping and accounting, and increase your bottom line profitability.
If your operation is a sole proprietorship, has one or two bays/lifts, one technician and owner, or is a one-man show, this can be the day you discover how to take your business to the next level. Plus, you may also find that time consuming steps you take now can be eliminated altogether, thanks to automation and 21st Century technology that’s almost like magic.
First, let’s look at how you might be doing things now:
- Practically everything you document is on paper, including VIN numbers on the back of an envelope.
- Customer estimates and Repair Order Invoices – more paper.
- Accounting and bookkeeping – even more paper, and not always accurate.
- Timekeeping – perhaps you have an old timeclock, perhaps you guesstimate, on paper.
Remember, time is money. There are only so many hours a day you can work. The amount of time you spend on ‘paperwork’, that could be spent on getting the actual work you get paid for done, just takes away from your bottom line. It also distracts you from taking a closer look at how you could be improving that bottom line.
Here’s an example: you just jotted down the VIN number of your next job on a piece of paper. What happens if you lose that piece of paper? What happens if you wrote a number down wrong or you can’t read your own handwriting when you get around to needing the Vin an hour or two later?
Now, if you have Profit Boost, you could be using VIN Decode to do that same task. Just enter the license plate number and state of registration, and you automatically get the VIN number for the car, which can give you the make, model, engine size and transmission type. You will also see the digits highlighted so it is easy to give the parts store the 9th number from the vin when you are on the phone ordering parts (unless you use the integrated online parts ordering system).
Here’s another example: you really don’t want to have to deal with some complicated auto shop management computer program that requires all kinds of technology you don’t want to pay for. You don’t want to spend thousands on a high-end computer. Profit Boost is perfect for you. It’s cloud-based, which means you access it via the Internet, on your computer, tablet, laptop, or even ipad.
The basic system is just $99 per month and is easy to learn and use. Plus, you can eliminate tons of paperwork, and use email/text messages to communicate with your customers automatically, instead of having to call or mail out estimates and invoices. Imagine how great it would be to eliminate ‘phone tag’ when a job is done, simply use Profit Boost send your customer a text message that the job is done and the car is ready!
Even if you don’t want to open multiple locations, and just want to put aside enough for a good retirement, this can be the answer to your questions. Do you know the numbers for your:
- Average RO value?
- Average car count?
- Profit Per Hour?
- How much you sold last month, last quarter and even last year?
As an Auto repair shop or Transmission shop owner, these are just some of the KPI (Key Performance Indicators) that you should be able to access quickly and efficiently. This is why Profit Boost has included easy-to-use reports in a visual as well as a downloadable format.
Here’s the real bottom line: no matter what your goals may be, this repair shop management system can help you keep more of what you make.