September/October 2015 Archives - Shop Owner Magazine
Insider Tips About SBA/Bank Financing When Selling Your Shop

As a shop owner contemplating the sale of your business, understanding the elements of bank financing is key to ensuring you will maximize the sales price and minimize the process time.

A Free Gift From McDonald’s For Every Auto Repair Shop

McDonald’s is giving auto repair shops a business lesson that is unlike any other: if you take your focus off of the customer, you will pay a dear price, if not lose your entire business.

Safari Ltd. Brings Environmental Responsibility To Automotive Repair

In an industry that is not often thought of as environmentally friendly, the owners of Safari Ltd. lead by example. During the past 10 years, Hugh and Kelly Phillips have endeavored to create an environmentally responsible and sustainable automotive repair shop in Grand Junction, CO.

5 Surprising Strategies To Increase Business Productivity & Profitability

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the-box thinking. But, don’t stop there! It’s also wise to go a step further and think against the grain to look at issues and approaches through a different lens – even if this different perspective is counter-intuitive or contradictory.

Shannon Family Automotive: Extolling The Value Of Its Services Boosts Profits

Having opened Shannon Family Automotive four short years ago, co-owners Larry and Colleen Shannon, who are only in their early 30s, have learned a thing or two about running a successful independent automotive repair shop. First: Sometimes you have to spend money to make money.

How To Effectively Outsource HR Functions

Small businesses can not only effectively outsource HR to a managed services team, but can run a stronger company and more productive workforce with an external HR consultant, or managed HR services provider.

7 Habits To Highly Successful Sales Efforts

First published in 1990, Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is one of the best-selling and most influential personal development books of all time. In this article, we’ll look at each of the habits and how they apply to maximizing success as a sales/customer service professional.

Taking The Fear Out Of The Customer Experience

Fear is standing between you and a long-term relationship with your customer. You need to change their minds, show them that you’re different and overcome that fear to build trust. In essence, you need to take care of them.

Reaching Gen Y: Converting Digital Natives Into Loyal Customers

You may have noticed that your customers are starting to get younger. That’s because millennials – the generation born between 1980 and 2000 – have entered their prime spending years. Keep reading to see how to capture their business.