Thursday, March 30, 2017

How to Hire Carwash Employees

Episode 9
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Steve Gaudreau
Topic: Hiring Wash Employees

Employee turnover is one of the biggest challenges a carwash operator or manager faces. It's important to look at it as a continuous process, which does not end at the hire.

If you can improve the quality of your new hires (i.e. they are a fit for your wash and they stay with you longer than most employees), then you are able to realize significant savings and improvement in productivity, efficiency and customer service.

If you implement a process and leverage tested tools and techniques during the screening process, you will significantly improve the quality of employees you hire. You should also consider leveraging assessment tools, the results of which you then compare to a baseline for your ideal employee at your carwash. 

Steve Gaudreau is a carwash industry expert, and a consultant for car wash operators. In this episode, he shares his experience and stories from actual successful wash operators who have significantly improved the hiring process at their locations.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Carwash Operation Efficiency

Episode 8
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Topic: Operational Efficiency
Hosts: David Begin & Henry Lopez

Checklist, forms, procedures, manuals, software systems...these are all examples of systems that you can implement at your carwash to drive (pun intended) efficiency.

It's also the only way that as an owner, or even as a general manager, you can begin to step back from the day-to-day detailed operations of the business. And maybe take some time off!

In this episode, David Begin and Henry Lopez discuss ideas and techniques to improve carwash operation efficiency by implementing systems

Monday, March 27, 2017

New Small Business Podcast Episodes

We released three new episodes of The How of Business podcast show today - helping you start, run & grow your small business...

Episode 95
Guest: Donata Kalnenaite
Topic: Legal Issues 

Donata is a business law attorney and the founder of Agency Attorneys. She works with small business owners to help them solve and prevent legal issues. 

In this episode she shares her interesting story as the daughter of immigrant parents, and valuable legal tips & advice for small business owners.

Episode 96
Guest: Tom Gay
Topic: Client Engagement & Referrals

Tom is a highly experienced serial entrepreneur, and his latest business venture if 

He shares his amazing and diverse background and valuable advice for developing business relationships that lead to referrals for our small businesses. 

Episode 97
Guest: Damion Lupo
Topic: Personal & Business Financial Control

Damion is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Total Control Financial.

He shares the ups and down of his entrepreneurial journey, and great insights on how to start and manage a small business. His current business helps individuals gain greater control over this financial investments. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Carwash Distributor Business

Episode 7
The How of Carwashing Podcast
Guest: Shane Wells
Topic: Carwash Distributors

Is you carwash distributor also a "partner"? Do they offer guidance with helping you build your wash, and provide integral support for your on-going wash operations?

Shane Wells is the co-owner of Hi-Performance Wash Systems - an equipment, parts and supplies distributor for the carwash industry.

In this episode, Shane shares stories and advice from his experiences in the car wash business. His father was in the carwash business, and offered Shane an opportunity to learn the business from the bottom up. From working at a car wash with his father, to buying his dad's distributorship with his brother, Shane has a wealth of knowledge on the development and operations of a successful carwash.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Podcast Episodes - The How of Business

Episode 92
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Adam Force
Topic: Social Entrepreneurship

Adam is a social entrepreneur and the publisher of Change Creator - the first magazine app for social entrepreneurs.

Adam shares his thoughts and experiences on building a for-profit socially conscious small business.

Episode 93
The How of Business Podcast
Guest: Deb Calvert
Topic: Sales Leadership

Deb shares her entrepreneurial journey and advice on how to improve our sales leadership to grow our small business.

“Selling and leading are all about people getting connected.”

Guest: Shahara Wright
Topic: Growth Strategies

Shahara is a business law attorney and the author of "From Entrepreneur to CEO - How to Position Your Business to Accelerate Growth"

She shares her entrepreneurial journey, and general legal guidance and growth strategies for small business owners.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Exit Planning for Small Business

Do you have a plan for your business exit?

Episode 6 of The How of Carwashing Podcast features Ron Chernak, a business broker. 

Whether you are planning to eventually sell your business, or transfer it to your children, it's important to have a plan and to consider various factors that may significantly impact your exit from your small business.

The market for carwash businesses in particular is currently very strong, and Ron shares tips & advice on how to get the most from your wash business sale.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bookkeeping & Accounting for Small Business

All small business owners need to possess at least a basic understanding of their financials. From the process for paying invoices, to analyzing the overall condition of your business, understanding the fundamental financials of your business is critical to your long-term success.

Episode 5 of The How of Carwashing podcast, features Paul Nelson. He is a CPA and the founder of the accounting firm Nelson & Company, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He shares tips & advice on how to manage your bookkeeping and accounting side of the business. 

His firm provides complete bookkeeping and accounting services for all types of small businesses, including car washes. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Two New Episodes!

Episode 88 of The How of Business Podcast features Lin Eleoff

Lin is a small business attorney, an entrepreneur, and an author. Her latest book is “Gutsy Glorious Life Coach". She has a Life Coaching business, and an online DIY legal services business.

In this episode Lin shares valuable insights on how to avoid and protect yourself legally from claims on the content you post and share online.

Episode 89 of The How of Business Podcast features Tiffany C. Wright

Tiffany is a serial entrepreneur, business adviser, and author. 

In this episode she shares her experiences, advice & tips on how to get start-up funding and financing to grow your small business.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Growing a Small Business

Episode 87 of The How of Business podcast features David Nevogt. David is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of HubStaff. 

David shares his experiences from launching two startup businesses, how to hire and manage remote workers, and tips and advice for starting and growing a small business. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

5 Factors of Cleaning a Car

Episode 4 of The How of Carwashing podcast features Ryan Cook, Managing Director of Business Development at Diamond Shine. Ryan has over 20 years of experience in the carwash industry in various capacities.

In this episode he shares his in-depth knowledge of the cleaning chemicals used in a car wash, and he presents the "5 Factors of Cleaning", which includes: 1) Mechanical Action 2) Water Quality 3) Temperature 4) Time 5) Chemistry.

The How of Carwashing podcast show is an on-demand audio show dedicated to helping investors, owners, operators and managers to operate and grow their car wash business.