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New Years GoalsThe New Year is here, everybody. Let’s continue our discussion from last month and push a little bit further. Last month, we discussed “Looking Back to Look Forward” to see what had worked, as well as what we needed to change. This month, let’s discuss greater goals and what we can do in order to set ourselves up for a home run in business!

While many focus on more immediate New Year’s resolutions, like “get this weight off,” haha, now is also a great time to consider long-term “dream” goals we have as business owners. This is the time to start fresh and think about the future….the future we have always dreamed about.

What Is Our Ultimate Goal?

For many of us, the ultimate goal in our business is to sell! We eventually want to reach a point where we spend all of our time doing what we love, with who we love, as our business runs smoothly on its own. If our goal is to sell or phase ourselves out of daily operations, then how do we do that? What systems do we need in place for that to happen? What do we need to have documented for our business to be marketable to a buyer? Start thinking about the groundwork and what you need to do to make that ultimate dream a reality.

What Can You Do To Balance Work Time and Fun Time in the New Year?

We can’t overstate just how important it is to nurture our work/life balance. I know you might be asking yourself, “What work/life balance?” That is precisely the problem! Evaluate your life, as well as how you want to spend it. Are you doing what you love with who you love, or are you struggling to get through each week? Restructure some things, then find out how to spend more time with your friends and family. The bottom line is this: the happier and more fulfilled you are, the better you will perform in business, period.

How Can Coaching Help You Reach These Goals in the New Year?

At You Net Results, we believe in the small measurable goals approach. We take your giant problems, and we help you shrink them to passable road bumps. Everything is possible when you have the right team, processes, and emotional support behind you. You Net Results plugs you into an ever growing network of industry leading business owners who thrive on helping each other reach their next revenue milestones. We understand that we live in abundance and that there is more than enough out there for everyone. Take the leap and join us in this journey!

You Can Do This. It’s Proven to Work.

We know it seems like a big step, but we guarantee you it will be the most important one you ever take.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and we hope you take a moment to evaluate how you move forward in the New Year. You Net Results is here to help you make 2022 the most significant year of your business life! Let’s maximize this daily operations opportunity.

Don’t hesitate to visit our website and contact us today for a complimentary consultation. Brian Gillis will guide you through the first steps towards making 2022 the year you always dreamed of. We look forward to introducing you to our incredible network of business owners and helping you reach the goals we helped them reach.

Did you lose something in the telling? Auto repair shops sometimes struggle with consistent communication.

Photo courtesy Ben White on Unsplash

Have you ever played the game “Telephone”? You start by lining up a group. Then, you whisper a sentence into the first person’s ear. They then whisper the message to the next person. The game continues until the message gets to the final person in line, who announces out loud what sentence they heard. It is often much different from the original sentence. Quite the exercise in communication!

At You Net Results, we know this game shows what happens when messages, systems, and processes are undocumented. Just like in the game of “Telephone,” something can get lost in the telling. When you don’t write down instructions, client comments, or repair orders, this is inevitable.

Communication breakdown

In auto repair businesses, it happens like this:

The Customer tells the Service Advisor something. Time is short. The Service Advisor doesn’t write it down, but they repeat it verbally to the Technician. The Technician may also skip documenting it, so they present the Service Advisor with new information. The Service Advisor then reports to the Customer via phone. More back and forth happens, and then the Customer picks up their vehicle. Later, the Service Advisor is surprised to read the Customer’s one-star review. Why? Communication was not clear. They lost something in the telling.

How can you avoid losing something in the telling?

Do you see how simply repeating verbal information can lose accuracy? It is obvious how the customer felt wronged. How can your team reduce miscommunication? How can they improve clarity?

The answer? Use transparent systems and processes to document all communication. Enter repair issues through DVI reports, notes in your CRM, text messages, recorded phone calls, and other exchanges. When you do, you will reduce your chance of poor reviews.

Perfect your shop’s communication chain!

At You Net Results, we dedicate hours of training to communication. Our coaching sessions help prevent mistakes and lost details. To learn more, contact us for a free consultation. Brian Gillis will discuss your business strategies and ways to improve revenue and company culture.