The van & gas, the costs to keep the van stocked, the tools, the
training and certifications, the dispatcher and accounts
payable/receivable, the office equipment, the workmans' comp. and
medical plan, liability insurance...
these were all free.
Sear's didn't pay the retail prices I quoted. Their cost was a third or
So you can beef up that $2,555.28 by the profit they made on the parts over
I buy my parts from a large national supplier. They once made the mistake of
using old computer speadsheets for packing. They listed the parts by number
and how much they paid for them. You wouldn't believe it.
We might be talking past each other.
I think you're agreeing that the $182 (or the 14 X 182.52 = $2,555.28)
didn't all go to just tax and labor, i.e. the serviceman's pocket.
My cost structure is not so easy to try to split as strictly parts,
labor, and tax on a per-job basis. Averaged over the year, I'd say my
part of the operation doesn't move anything like your $2555 in a day.
Good on ya, then! Buying parts wholesale would no doubt increases that
figure. However, we haven't been made aware how much went to
"overhead"... that's your business, not ours.
Did your van have "warp drive" to allow you to perform two 30-minute
in-home diagnose/repair jobs per hour? ;-)
No, but at Sears prices all of the service tech should be driving Lincoln
Navigators and have second home on the coast somewhere.
Me, I don't work that much now, self-employed and just do 3 or 4 calls each
morning. At the peak I was leaving the house at 7:30AM and at my first call
by 8:AM. Average call was 20 minutes. That's 4.67 hours in-house and 3.33
hours driving. That's 14 calls per 8 hour day excluding travel to first job
and home again.
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