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How Much Can You Really Make Fixing Scuffed Bumpers?

Scuffed bumpers come in all sizes and shapes and are a result of someone’s carelessness, the driver’s or the other driver. These are the least of car damage in the eyes of the insurance company, unless of course the bumper caused a dent in the car by being pushed into it. However, the name ‘fender bender’ is usually meant to downplay an accident and as far as the owner of the car feels, it’s anything but a small thing. So how can you, a PDR Technician, ease their pain? By offering an affordable solution to bringing their vehicle back to its original beauty.

So now the question is, how much should you charge for these services? This will depend on how far you have to travel, how much of your supplies you are using, how much time it will take, and how extensive the damage is. What course will you want to take to be able to do this type of repair? SMART Paint Repair. This class is five days long. When finished you will have you Chip Magic Chemical Package, Color Match Software, Certificate of Completion, and a Laptop computer. Very all inclusive and you get an additional class helping you with Business Development.

How much should you charge? If you are working with the client at their home then this would be a retail charge of $350. If you are working with a dealership, then you will want to charge a wholesale fee of $125. How much in supplies will it cost you? $10. That’s right! Ten dollars. The average repair time is only 45-90 minutes. Not bad right? Let’s say it actually took you one hour, you just profited $115 dollars. Remember, you have to deduct the cost of your supplies. If you are working directly with the customer and had the same cost of supplies during the same hour, you have just profited $340. Who do you know that makes $340 an hour. Get a few more like this in a day and you have taken home a substantial amount of money.

If you’re excited by these numbers and aren’t in classes yet, contact us at King of Car Care. We can help you get started soon.

It’s Not Too Late To Set Some Goals: Become a PDR Technician

It’s never too late to set some goals, even if you have a habit of never accomplishing them. Maybe you’re setting goals that don’t really interest you, or goals that you know darn well you will never complete. Those that set goals and achieve them are not in the norm. They are, in fact, few and far between. Is it enough to set a goal and never achieve it? You set yourself up for failure every time you miss the mark. Therapist’s couches are riddled with people who feel that they are failures, why would you want to join them?

Well, you don’t have to. If, for example, your goal is to make something of your life, or to find a job that you truly enjoy, you can accomplish that goal. You just need to be realistic about your expectations. Saying that you will be a millionaire by the end of the year is a goal you will never reach, unless of course you win the lottery. You have no guarantee of that either.

So let’s work in the real world, if you have a love of vehicles and find them intriguing, perhaps you even enjoy going to car shows and talking with enthusiasts, you could make a career out of reconditioning those loved vehicles. Becoming a PDR Technician could not be easier. From the moment you step foot in a class, you are led down a whole new career path that you can actually be passionate about. You become a part of a trade that has so much more room for growth and a part of a community that understands your goals and will help you to reach them. This is the very best investment that you can make in your life, and you will have become a PDR Technician withing one month. For you this means that in no time at all, you will have achieved your goal. You will have your own business, making your own money and on your terms.

You can become everything you ever wanted to be. If you haven’t signed up for classes yet, contact us at “King of Car Care”, we’ll have you in classes in no time.

As a PDR Technician; What Do You Do With Unhappy Customer’s?

As a PDR Technician you can hope that all of your customers will be unimaginably happy with your services, but what if their not? How will you handle that? Will you choose to dodge their calls? Or will you deal with it? As hard as it may be to do, you will need to deal with it. As a part of your service, you should be offering an unconditional guarantee on all of the work that you do. You should also be in the habit of taking pictures prior to your working on their vehicle. Close-up and panned out for easy identification of where the damage was prior to your touching it. This will help you if you should be taken to court. You will also need to make sure that before you begin to work on a vehicle that you have registered your business as an LLC. This means that you have Limited Liability and you personally cannot be sued, only your business. Your investments in your home, vehicles, and any other recreational property is safe and can’t be taken from you.

So now back to your unhappy customer, call them back immediately. If you don’t contact them immediately you are adding fuel to a very big fire. It will kill your business and they may go to the BBB and report you. That would be even worse than being taken to court in my opinion. Most people are becoming very smart shopper’s and will automatically check out your company before letting you come to their home. Wouldn’t you do the same?

If you always put yourself in your customers place then you will have empathy for what they are feeling and how they need to hear from you immediately before the whole situation escalates. Give them the same service that you would expect and you will always come out on top and be appreciated for your commitment to your business. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at “King of Car Care”. We’re here to help.

Entrepreneurial Traits: Do You Have What It Takes? Part 8

Breaking All The Rules

In becoming a PDR Technician, the rules that you have broken by the time you finish and graduate, are numerous. You have dared to to believe that you can go out into the world and make a difference in this industry and that you have something unique to offer your customers. You have become an entrepreneur and this fact alone puts you into a minority. According to a Babson College Report, only 13 percent of Americans are entrepreneurs.  It’s hard to believe but it’s true. Only 13% have dared to go against the flow and create a road of your own. It could be likened to migrating birds or fish and one bird or fish turning away from the group and going to its own direction. It’s almost unheard of much like only 13% of Americans becoming entrepreneurs.

Having reviewed this example should help you to understand why there are naysayers, why your parents are worried for you, why your wife thinks that you have lost your mind, and why you are losing sleep at night from pure, raw fear of failure. This is the biggest decision you have ever made outside of getting married. If you’re the bread winner in your family all of these things are magnified. As an entrepreneur, you need to focus on what you are accomplishing, not on what you haven’t accomplished. You will need to be disciplined and diligent in your marketing efforts and understand that most business doesn’t come to you, you have to go to it. Be creative in how you accomplish your goals. As an example, as a PDR Technician, you could make a quick half sheet flyer and put it on the cars in a shopping center parking lot, offering your services and say that you are here now if they would like a free estimate. Great idea right?

“King of Car Care” has many simple yet profound ideas. Just give us a call, we’re here to help.

Entrepreneurial Traits: Do You Have What It Takes? Part 7

Flexibility

In business, flexibility is absolutely required. As a PDR Technician, you will have changed how you manage and deliver your service many, many times before you found your groove. If you are a graduate of PDR Technology and have been for quite a while, then you will know that you have attempted many types of advertising and methods to reach your customers. As you grow in your business, your business grows with you. Hopefully you have kept your flyers and other samples of your efforts so that you can take a look back for years to come. It sets an environment for having a little laugh, and will make you marvel at how far you have come.

Sometimes, in business, you will have challenges that make you have to take a completely different direction. There are numerous entrepreneurial examples of this exact challenge. Take Steve Jobs for example, how many times must he have had to make changes to stay ahead of the industry that he in fact, was a leader in? Not only was he looking for buyers for his end product but he was also heavily seeped in finding investors to support the design end. With investors comes opinions and with opinions and created structures comes a constant influx of change. The company eventually evolves into a monster or something very successful. As with Steve Jobs, his investors imposed too many restrictions on his creativity that by the time it was all said and done, the original team, including Steve Jobs broke away from the business that became a beast.

Of course in the case of Steve Jobs, things ended up okay but had it not been for his constant conditioning to accept change for what it was, he could never have survived the continued change that became the very definition of Apple.

You too will have growth in your PDA business, it will be far less painful if you simply choose right from the beginning to accept that change is inevitable and can be worth every stretch and bend made if you allow yourself to be flexible in its growth. If you have any questions, we here at “King of Car Care” are here to help. One more trait to go, hopefully you have followed all of the traits, and they have been helpful.

Entrepreneurial Traits: Do You Have What It Takes? Part 6

Self-Belief

As a PDR Technician, you will have to be confident in the talent that you have just learned. In order to overcome the doubters, you will have to deliver on the product and services that you so proudly are sharing with others. This pressure can cause anyone to suffer with self-doubt, which is polar opposite of the topic with which we are speaking. Self-belief comes from practice and practice comes from the actual work. You will get plenty of hands-on experience when attending “King of Car Care”, but true self-belief will come when you are on your own and don’t have the comfort of having your trainer standing behind you ready to help with any errors you may make.

You will need to muster up the self confidence needed to take your first job, only then will you begin to grow the self-belief lurking deep within yourself. Whatever you do, don’t paralyze yourself with fear. The steps that you take going forward, will keep you from going backwards. Don’t even consider squandering away your education. Stick with and push through. Your efforts will be rewarded threefold.

With self confidence comes risk. Risk, with a positive outcome, cannot come without self confidence. One begets the other. You need to set your pace, name your game, own your new talented self and get busy taking one customer at a time and changing the negative thoughts and the old stuck in the mud methods of dent removal. What you have to offer is wallet changing. More often than not, your fees are far less than even the customers insurance deductible. It’s staggering what you are introducing into the mainstream and you will change the hearts and minds of those stuck in an antiquated past mind-set.

Entrepreneurial Traits: Do You Have What It Takes? Part 5

Vision

Vision is different for everyone, of course, but the fact that you have a vision already sets you apart from the masses. Visionaries are seldom understood and even more seldom accepted. People with vision, such as entrepreneur’s, see into the future something that others cannot see. They see the use of their product or service that will benefit many and change the way things are done and/or seen. Fortunately, for a PDR Technician, you are at the starting gate of an industry that has only just begun to come into itself. You have the opportunity, depending on where you live, to introduce a concept that people have unknowingly thought of but could never put there finger on. How many times have you yourself heard the grumblings of a friend, family, or even overheard conversations, regarding the need to replace an entire panel on their car because of a little dent? It’s out there, believe me, and you now hold the key to their unanswered question. You are able to offer a solution that scratches that itch. You are a PDR Technician, you have arrived and it is because of your vision. All that’s left is for you to embrace it, run with it, finally, change the world as we know it, and simplify the life of those that struggle with it.

Vision is one of the defining traits of entrepreneurship is the ability to spot an opportunity and imagine where others haven’t. Unfortunately, visionaries/entrepreneurs will often times face naysayers, this happens because they have their finger on the pulse of change and change, bad or good, is difficult for others to accept.  Now that you are a qualified and certified technician, you need to force the change that others reject. It’s your future.

There are three more traits to cover, be sure to follow our feed here at “King of Car Care”.

Entrepreneurial Traits: Do You Have What It Takes? Part 4

Tolerance of Uncertainty

This is a trait that is going to take every last ounce of braveness that you can muster. There’s nothing to fear but fear itself will become your daily/hourly mantra. You have to rise above the fear and make your mark in this huge world of ours. If you are not willing to face your fears and climb out of its paralyzing power, then becoming an entrepreneur may not be for you, as this is not for the faint of heart. Becoming an entrepreneur requires a sense of presence and a self-assured existence. You have to know that there is just no possible way that you can fail.

You must learn to be tolerant of uncertainty, tolerant of ambiguity, and tolerant of that which you cannot touch. Your vision has to be set, and this in spite of what tragedy may be happening around you. When life kicks you in the guts and you almost have not even the desire to breathe, this is when you call on that strength buried deep within. You must know, without a shadow of a doubt that no matter what, you’re staying, you’re unmovable, and you’re going to see this through to completion.

There are many stories of entrepreneurs who have endured great pain and loss and still succeeded. There is one in particular that I heard that has stuck with me for many years.  You know that saying about how there is always someone who has it worse than you? We all know it, and yet, when we have our trials, that is the farthest thing from our minds. This entrepreneur that I am speaking of is a woman, she lost her brother suddenly and soon thereafter her husband as well. Seeped deep in sorrow in a way that many have never known, she found the strength to stay with her failing business and within two years cleared $98 million. You must dig deep.

If looking to speak to someone about your business as a PDR Technologist, why not go back to the school that helped you get to where you are.“King of Car Care”, we’re still here for you.

Entrepreneurial Traits: Do You Have What It Takes? Part 3

Passion

Passion is that thing that sets you apart from the masses. It’s deep inside and drive’s a person to do things that they never thought possible. It bubbles over with great anticipation for anyone and everyone who will listen. It can be likened to a baby Christian sharing the Word with everyone he or she passes on the street. It knows no boundaries and exceeds every great moment in time up to this point. A person simply cannot stop the gushing that ensues.

This elated feeling is what helps you through every doubt and fear that presents itself to the great dragon of Passion. As a PDR Technician, you will want to bottle this passion especially as it pertains to the days that you feel like you got hit right between the eyes and you consider quitting. This is the place where genius breeds.

If you truly have a passion for what you do, then you will never feel like you have gone to work each time you go out to do a job. In addition, you will look at your work like art, because that is truly what it really is. Using PDR Technology is an art form. It takes the hands of a true artist to feel, see, and know where the dent is and how to finesse and massage it back to perfection. It takes a trained eye to see what needs to be done to create a masterpiece. Not everyone gets it, but you do, and that’s all that matters.

Unleashed to your own devices, you can change the world, one dent and one car at a time. We at “King of Car Care” , take great pride in our part of your passion. You could say that we fuel it with each day of your training. We shape it and mold it with each great success that you accomplish within the classroom environment. You’re Welcome.

Entrepreneurial Traits: Do You Have What It Takes? Part 2

Tenacity

Becoming and entrepreneur is easily compared to an uphill run, you have to be willing to push through obstacles, live with uncertainty, and avoid the urges to throw in the towel. You have to envelope perseverance, persistence, determination, commitment, resilience, and of course tenacity.

You also need to be willing to look failure in the eye, sometimes daily, and determine that because you failed at this particular idea doesn’t mean that you or your original thinking makes you a failure. You simply need to pull up the boot straps and keep trying. Giving up is failure, changing or reinventing is success. Unfortunately, sometimes, those trials mean that you have to give up what you’ve built, like your company, and start over from scratch. Don’t let failure define your life or its course.

 

Taking risks is the backbone of any entrepreneurial venture. You have to have the mindset, going in, that this has just as much of a chance to fail as it has to be successful. Failing builds character and is a lot like a baby learning to walk. You will fail, to one degree or another. How you get back up is what shapes and molds you. Just like in Greek Mythology, Sisyphus, who was a greedy king, was doomed in Hades to roll a huge stone up the hill only to have it roll all the way back down each and every try. I’m certainly not accusing you of being greedy, even though I don’t think that’s a bad trait while trying to grow your business, I’m saying yes, just like Sisyphus, you will quite often feel the same way. All of your efforts are thwarted no matter how hard you try. This describes the first couple of years as you build your business. Do you think you have the stick-to-it-iveness to carry on in-spite of the pitfalls? It’s gumption, way down deep in the pit of your stomach. Dig in and you Will Succeed!

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