Contrary to popular belief, there is actually quite a bit that goes into running a successful gas station. While it may not be the most glamorous job that ever existed, it is still an honorable profession that is greatly needed. Here, then, are some tips on becoming a gas station service technician and operating a successful gas station.
1. Every station will need to meet or exceed certain specified state and federal requirements. This includes guidelines as set forth by the EPA and the OSHA. You can learn as to what these requirements are by contacting the departments directly. These regulations must be met before any sort of station is officially opened to the public.
2. Make sure to have posted operating hours and always open promptly. Failure to do this will deter any sort of traffic from regular customers. While emergencies do happen, there should always be someone on shift so as to make sure the station is always open.
3. Hire employees who exhibit the following characteristics. The employees should always be polite, be punctual, and be reliable in regards to fulfilling their job duties. An employee who cannot fulfill these requirements should never be hired as they are a waste of an investment and can actually cost the company money in the long run.
4. Make an inventory-taking schedule and stick to it. By doing this, you will be able to know exactly what you have in stock and when it is time to re-stock. You can also match sales records against inventory to spotlight any unfortunate incidents such as shoplifting or employee theft.
As you can see, there is a lot to take in when it comes to opening and maintaining a gas station. All the best of luck to you!