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  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    Would the world look a little different to you if you woke up and knew you had an extra hundred grand coming in this year? One transmission job a week equals $100,000 a year in your pocket. ($2,000 × 52 weeks). One more job a week is not that much, but it has a big payday. Today it is not uncommon for a shop owner to have an $8,000-$12,000 week break-even point. If you are breaking even now, then that extra job is what you would get paid after everybody else gets paid. So, let’s take a look at how to get one more extra job a week in the bank and make sure everybody else gets paid including the owner. 
  • Friday, June 1, 2018 12:00 AM
    When the internet was just getting started up, I wrote an article about online training coming in the near future, and now, what I predicted has happened. Today we have a variety of online training classes. Training is not something we want to do, but rather something we all need to do to. I have been on both sides as a student and a trainer, and believe me when I say that online training makes things easier for everybody. Let me explain why I say that.
  • Keep work fun, challenging: Hire team players
    Friday, March 10, 2017 9:20 AM
    Groundhog Day
    Remember the movie Groundhog Day where everyday was the same? You know, we work long hours and spend a lot of our time in the shop. After a while it can seem like we are living the movie. Working in a transmission shop can get boring when you do it day after day, year after year. So, what can we do to break up the monotony?
  • A Little Help: Managing vacation time
    Sunday, December 18, 2016 3:25 PM
    Merry Christmas. Its that time of year again. There are things to do. You need to buy your wife a present, put up the lights on the house, go see some old friends and get ready for family to come over. It’s the best time of the year. Wouldn’t it be great to have a little time off ? Maybe shut the shop down and go home for about 9 or 10 days? Well, maybe you can.
  • A Little Help: Father Knows Best
    Friday, November 18, 2016 3:13 PM
    My Dad used to say, “I may be broke when I die, but I ain’t going to be tired too.” In other words, “I ain’t working for nothing.” That has stuck with me my whole life.
  • A Little Help: Service After the Sale
    Tuesday, October 18, 2016 3:24 PM
    Art Little shows the importance of service after the sale. Be proactive and contact customers before they call you.
  • A Little Help: The Benefits of Having a Shop Foreman
    Sunday, August 21, 2016 10:01 AM
    Some shops have a shop foreman and others don’t. Me, I am a shop foreman kind of guy. I have always had a shop foreman. It started when I first got in the business. I was hired as a center manager for a major chain and did not know anything about how a transmission shop operated. I could sell it but after that it was pretty much a blur to me. I knew right away I was over my head and needed some help.
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