Owners earn compensation in two ways. First, the owner should earn a paycheck just like any other business employee for working in the business. Second, the owner should earn a return on their investment in the business.
There are many advantages to having your technicians on a performance-based pay program (flat rate, bonuses based on productivity, etc.), rather than a fixed hourly rate. Unfortunately, many shop owners are afraid to take the leap and convert to these performance-based programs.