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The official podcast of Ratchet+Wrench, providing strategies and inspiration for auto care success.

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    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

The official podcast of Ratchet+Wrench, providing strategies and inspiration for auto care success.

    The Power of Keeping Good Company

    The Power of Keeping Good Company

    After a year filled with ups and downs, it may be hard to find the energy to kickstart those goals and plans for the new year ahead. 
    For Aaron Stokes, founder of Shop Fix Academy, finding fresh motivation is all about surrounding yourself with the people, resources and environments that inspire you. 
    Stokes talks tips in spotting the factors that may be draining your motivation, tapping networks that will offer fresh perspectives, the resources that can fill you with new energy and the reason for finding and leaning into the unique combination that works best for you in today's episode of Ratchet+Wrench Radio. 

    • 17 min
    How to Move Forward from Tough Times

    How to Move Forward from Tough Times

    This week's episode is part two of our conversation with Dynamic Automotive CEO Dwayne Myers. If you missed part one, don't worry, we recap the highlights, but you can also listen to it at ratchetandwrench.com/podcasts. This episode picks up after the financial crisis of 2007 and Dynamic's issues with their new larger bank. Learn how partners Dwayne, Lee and Jose picked up the pieces, fought back and ultimately pulled themselves out of debt, going on to create a world-class, industry-leading shop operation.

    • 33 min
    How to Tackle Year-end Planning—And Stick With It

    How to Tackle Year-end Planning—And Stick With It

    Year-end planning. It may not be fun but it is a critical process to master when it comes to a shop's ultimate success.
    From setting net pay to renegotiating your shop's lease to understanding the ROI of your shop's marketing efforts, monthly podcast guest Frank Leutz, owner of Desert Car Care in Chandler, Ariz., breaks down how to manage the weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual planning steps shop owners can take to stay on top of year-end planning and keep up with it all year long. 

    • 32 min
    Rebounding from Near-Disaster

    Rebounding from Near-Disaster

    If you've met Dwayne Myers or his partners at Dynamic Automotive, Lee and Jose, you know they're salt-of-the-earth people. Gracious, kind, funny, not to mention the owners of a killer operation. But that hasn't precluded them from tough times. In fact, in 2007 and 2008, they went through a period that nearly destroyed them. It was a period so destructure it moved past burnout into nearly a midlife crisis. In part one of this story, Dwayne breaks down the beginning of the issue that continued to steamroll, and how growing too quickly played into the problem.

    • 31 min
    Can You Handle Growth?

    Can You Handle Growth?

    According to Greg Bunch, running five stores is easier than running one. It's a phrase he wholeheartedly believes and also lives, but that doesn't mean it's been easy to reach that point. Growth can be painful, financially, of course, but also emotionally. Throughout his time owning Aspen Auto Clinic, Greg has experienced it all, and through his work with Transformer's Institute, he's helped countless shops through their own struggles. Greg breaks down how he's been able to push past his own burnout to grow, eventually creating the job he's always dreamed of.

    • 25 min
    Fall Back in Love with Your Business

    Fall Back in Love with Your Business

    It's not easy to get back on the horse, as the saying goes. The same applies to business ownership. After years of ups and downs, how do you find not only the motivation, but also the enthusiasm, to keep moving forward? That's what we talked to Autobahn Automotive owner and Ratchet+Wrench online columnist Dave McClung about recently. He shares how he lost enthusiasm for the shop, and how he found his way back, to incredible success.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

sugarthumb ,

Top notch

This podcast has great information to provide and the topics are always changing. Keep them coming, I love what you have to share.

Ynot307 ,

Good content, need to improve sound quality

I really enjoy the content of your podcast, but you really need to improve the sound quality. Also, Tess needs to stay quiet while the guest is talking. Keep improving and thanks for sharing the info!

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