Building a successful auto repair business isn’t easy and doesn’t happen overnight, but one decision can make all the difference: committing to changing your mindset.
“If you are interested in picking up a new hobby like boating, you’ll do everything you can to learn more and more and more. Why can’t you do that with your auto repair shop?
Is it because it’s boring?
Is it because it’s not the same?
It doesn’t excite you as much as your hobby would?
If you take a second and stop to think, you’ll realize you can have any hobby in the world if you focus on your repair shop and get it to where it needs to be.
There is no waiting for the right person to walk through the door. There is no waiting for the right technician."
"It has to happen right now, today."
Tekmetric Co-CEO and Co-Founder Sunil Patel recently joined Kelsey Outram on the LIFT Your Shop Podcast to talk tech, mentorship, and transforming your auto repair business.
From medical school to law enforcement, Sunil tried his hand at a variety of fields over the years, but eventually all roads led him to founding Tekmetric with Prasanth Chilukuri in 2016.
Tekmetric quickly became the preferred shop management system in the auto repair industry.
And if you ask Sunil why, he’ll say it’s all about mindset.
If you’re a shop owner who has been feeling stuck, here are six steps you can take to shift gears.
1. Define Your Goals
“When you really set your mind to something, it subconsciously changes how you behave as a human, as a person. And you hone in on what you’re trying to accomplish and you accomplish that task.”
Here are some examples of goals you might hear people talk about in the auto repair industry:
- “I want to make one million dollars in revenue this year."
- “I would like to add another bay to the shop by the end of the year."
- “I want to open another location in 2023.”
What do these goals all have in common? They are specific, achievable, and easy to track.
In the same way that it’s difficult to plan a vacation without having a travel destination in mind, it’s difficult to achieve a goal if you never set one in the first place.
Knowing where you want to go is the first step toward figuring out a roadmap to get there.
2. Accept That Change is Part of the Process
“Forget about the technology and software and all that for a moment, and ask yourself this: Are you happy with where you are today running your shop? And if the answer is no, then dig deeper.”
Whether your shop is looking to switch parts suppliers or invest in a new shop management system, change can be intimidating.
Many shops experience growing pains, but keeping an open mind is essential to driving your business forward.