128 episodes

Hunt Demarest, CPA has consistently provided his financial business acumen to help move the industry toward greater heights of success and profitability. Hunt was recently referred to as a "terrific advocate of the aftermarket."

He is the author of the book, Your Perfect Shop: How to Start, Run & Sell a Profitable Shop. In this book, he compiled some of the best practices for auto repair shop owners, whether they are just starting or have been in the business for years.

Hunt's podcast will provide a core understanding of the financial aspects of running an auto repair shop.

Business By The Numbers Aftermarket Radio Network

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Hunt Demarest, CPA has consistently provided his financial business acumen to help move the industry toward greater heights of success and profitability. Hunt was recently referred to as a "terrific advocate of the aftermarket."

He is the author of the book, Your Perfect Shop: How to Start, Run & Sell a Profitable Shop. In this book, he compiled some of the best practices for auto repair shop owners, whether they are just starting or have been in the business for years.

Hunt's podcast will provide a core understanding of the financial aspects of running an auto repair shop.

    Overtime, Hiring, Firing with Jamie Hasty [E122]

    Overtime, Hiring, Firing with Jamie Hasty [E122]

    This week, Jamie Hasty from Southeastern Employer Services Corporation (SESCO) joins Hunt to discuss HR and employment law topics for auto repair shop owners. Jamie provides expert advice on managing overtime, understanding exemptions, and maintaining compliance with labor laws. This conversation is essential for any auto repair business looking to safeguard against legal pitfalls and ensure proper payroll management. It includes:
    Important discussions on managing overtime and understanding exemptions.Practical advice on maintaining compliance with labor laws.Tips for auto repair shop owners to avoid legal issues and manage payroll effectively.https://sescomgt.com/
    Thanks to our partners, NAPA TRACS and Promotive
    Did you know that NAPA TRACS has onsite training plus six days a week support?
    It all starts when a local representative meets with you to learn about your business and how you run it.  After all, it's your shop, so it's your choice.
    Let us prove to you that Tracs is the single best shop management system in the business.  Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at NAPATRACS.com
    It’s time to hire a superstar for your business; what a grind you have in front of you. Great news, you don’t have to go it alone. Introducing Promotive, a full-service staffing solution for your shop. Promotive has over 40 years of recruiting and automotive experience. If you need qualified technicians and service advisors and want to offload the heavy lifting, visit www.gopromotive.com.
    Get in touch with Jamie Hasty: https://sescomgt.com/
    Paar Melis and Associates – Accountants Specializing in Automotive Repair
    Visit us Online: www.paarmelis.com
    Email Hunt: podcast@paarmelis.com
    Get a copy of my Book: Download Here
    Aftermarket Radio Network

    • 44 min
    To Withhold or Not To (And How) [E121]

    To Withhold or Not To (And How) [E121]

    In this episode of Business by the Numbers, Hunt simplifies the W-4 form process for auto repair shop owners, employees, and families to avoid tax-time surprises. Whether you’re filling out your own W-4 or helping a team member, this guide makes it easy to get your withholding right.
    Key Sections of the W-4 Form: Learn how to correctly fill out basic information, handle multiple jobs, and claim dependents.Practical Tips for Business Owners: Get expert advice on managing withholding for yourself and your team, including special considerations for accurate tax withholding.Exemptions for Working Kids: Discover how to manage W-4 exemptions for your children to prevent unnecessary tax withholdings."
    Thanks to our partners, NAPA TRACS and Promotive
    Did you know that NAPA TRACS has onsite training plus six days a week support?
    It all starts when a local representative meets with you to learn about your business and how you run it.  After all, it's your shop, so it's your choice.
    Let us prove to you that Tracs is the single best shop management system in the business.  Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at NAPATRACS.com
    It’s time to hire a superstar for your business; what a grind you have in front of you. Great news, you don’t have to go it alone. Introducing Promotive, a full-service staffing solution for your shop. Promotive has over 40 years of recruiting and automotive experience. If you need qualified technicians and service advisors and want to offload the heavy lifting, visit www.gopromotive.com.
    Paar Melis and Associates – Accountants Specializing in Automotive Repair
    Visit us Online: www.paarmelis.com
    Email Hunt: podcast@paarmelis.com
    Get a copy of my Book: Download Here
    Aftermarket Radio Network

    • 34 min
    What Is/Was Going on with GME (Gamestop) Stock? [E120]

    What Is/Was Going on with GME (Gamestop) Stock? [E120]

    This week, Hunt unravels the mystery behind the AMC and GameStop stock phenomena that has captivated the financial world.
    Institutional Investors: Who they are and their impact on the stock market.Private Equity Dynamics: How firms like Bain Capital manipulate markets.Short Selling: A simple explanation of this complex strategy.Public Power: How individual investors can influence stock prices.
    Thanks to our partners, NAPA TRACS and Promotive
    Now show notes!
    Did you know that NAPA TRACS has onsite training plus six days a week support?
    It all starts when a local representative meets with you to learn about your business and how you run it.  After all, it's your shop, so it's your choice.
    Let us prove to you that Tracs is the single best shop management system in the business.  Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at NAPATRACS.com
    It’s time to hire a superstar for your business; what a grind you have in front of you. Great news, you don’t have to go it alone. Introducing Promotive, a full-service staffing solution for your shop. Promotive has over 40 years of recruiting and automotive experience. If you need qualified technicians and service advisors and want to offload the heavy lifting, visit www.gopromotive.com.
    Paar Melis and Associates – Accountants Specializing in Automotive Repair
    Visit us Online: www.paarmelis.com
    Email Hunt: podcast@paarmelis.com
    Get a copy of my Book: Download Here
    Aftermarket Radio Network

    • 33 min
    Should I Pay My Spouse? Should We File Separate? [E119]

    Should I Pay My Spouse? Should We File Separate? [E119]

    Thanks to our partners, NAPA TRACS and Promotive
    This week, Hunt talks about a $40 million tax bill that teaches critical lessons on spousal tax liabilities and business strategies.
    Explore the "Innocent Spouse" provision and its complexities: Learn how this provision can shield a spouse from tax liabilities and why proving innocence can be challenging.Understand the tax implications of exercising stock options: Learn the complexities of stock options, including the potential for significant tax liabilities when exercising these options.Learn strategies to protect personal and business assets: Get practical advice on structuring business ownership to manage liability and safeguard your personal assets effectively.
    Did you know that NAPA TRACS has onsite training plus six days a week support?
    It all starts when a local representative meets with you to learn about your business and how you run it.  After all, it's your shop, so it's your choice.
    Let us prove to you that Tracs is the single best shop management system in the business.  Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at NAPATRACS.com
    It’s time to hire a superstar for your business; what a grind you have in front of you. Great news, you don’t have to go it alone. Introducing Promotive, a full-service staffing solution for your shop. Promotive has over 40 years of recruiting and automotive experience. If you need qualified technicians and service advisors and want to offload the heavy lifting, visit www.gopromotive.com.

    Paar Melis and Associates – Accountants Specializing in Automotive Repair
    Visit us Online: www.paarmelis.com
    Email Hunt: podcast@paarmelis.com
    Get a copy of my Book: Download Here
    Aftermarket Radio Network

    • 35 min
    Housing Market, Paying Off Your House and Sky High Interest Rates [E118]

    Housing Market, Paying Off Your House and Sky High Interest Rates [E118]

    In this episode, Hunt tackles the pressing issues facing the housing market in 2024, discussing the impact of interest rates and the real affordability of homes.
    • Interest Rates Surge: Exploring how doubled interest rates are drastically affecting monthly payments.
    • Affordability Crisis: Delving into how rising home prices are outpacing income growth, making home ownership a distant dream for many.
    • Economic Insights: Analyzing the mismatch between the growth in home prices and stagnant wage increases.
    • Future Risks: Assessing potential market corrections and their consequences on homeowners and the economy.
    Thanks to our partners, NAPA TRACS and Promotive
    Did you know that NAPA TRACS has onsite training plus six days a week support?
    It all starts when a local representative meets with you to learn about your business and how you run it.  After all, it's your shop, so it's your choice.
    Let us prove to you that Tracs is the single best shop management system in the business.  Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at NAPATRACS.com

    It’s time to hire a superstar for your business; what a grind you have in front of you. Great news, you don’t have to go it alone. Introducing Promotive, a full-service staffing solution for your shop. Promotive has over 40 years of recruiting and automotive experience. If you need qualified technicians and service advisors and want to offload the heavy lifting, visit www.gopromotive.com.

    Paar Melis and Associates – Accountants Specializing in Automotive Repair
    Visit us Online: www.paarmelis.com
    Email Hunt: podcast@paarmelis.com
    Get a copy of my Book: Download Here
    Aftermarket Radio Network

    • 45 min
    How To Calculate Your Break Even Point [E117]

    How To Calculate Your Break Even Point [E117]

    Join Hunt in this important discussion about financial planning for auto repair shop owners. This episode explores why breaking even isn't enough and how to set financial targets that ensure long-term business health and growth.
    • Understanding Break-even: Why merely covering costs can jeopardize business sustainability, and how to calculate real financial targets.
    • Strategic Planning Tips: Learn conservative financial planning techniques to safeguard your business against unexpected downturns.
    • Team Communication: The importance of setting clear financial goals and maintaining transparency to motivate your team.
    • Actionable Financial Advice: Step-by-step guidance on setting sales and profit targets based on your gross profit percentage.
    Thanks to our partners, NAPA TRACS and Promotive
    Did you know that NAPA TRACS has onsite training plus six days a week support?
    It all starts when a local representative meets with you to learn about your business and how you run it.  After all, it's your shop, so it's your choice.
    Let us prove to you that Tracs is the single best shop management system in the business.  Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at NAPATRACS.com
    It’s time to hire a superstar for your business; what a grind you have in front of you. Great news, you don’t have to go it alone. Introducing Promotive, a full-service staffing solution for your shop. Promotive has over 40 years of recruiting and automotive experience. If you need qualified technicians and service advisors and want to offload the heavy lifting, visit www.gopromotive.com.
    Paar Melis and Associates – Accountants Specializing in Automotive Repair
    Visit us Online: www.paarmelis.com
    Email Hunt: podcast@paarmelis.com
    Get a copy of my Book: Download Here
    Aftermarket Radio Network

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Rooney’s Auto ,

So much great info here!

Business by the numbers is full on great tips and just good information about how to do things on the financial side of your business. I’m learning so many things that I never even thought to consider. Thanks Hunt! I’m a dedicated listener and always look forward to the next episode!

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