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Workers Compensation Insurance

By on July 31, 2012 in Business Practices with 3 Comments
Workers Compensation Insurance

Do I have to have Workers Compensation Insurance? If you have employees, yes. Some states require it as part of your license, so even if you are a sole proprietor, you may be required to have a policy and exempt yourself, sometimes for as little as $50 a year. Check here to see what is required […]

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Tips to Avoid Confusion When Choosing a Proper Color for Your Home

Tips to Avoid Confusion When Choosing a Proper Color for Your Home

1. Get to know the colors. A little bit of research won’t do you any harm. Study the standard color wheel, and collect paint strips to aid you in making the decision. Consider the intensity (brightness) of a color and its range of hues from the lightest to the darkest. 2. Decide on a color […]

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Slow Down and Close More

By on July 26, 2012 in Business Practices with 7 Comments
Slow Down and Close More

Selling is tough! Prospects are constantly beating us up. There’s always someone giving a cheaper estimate; often cheaper in every sense.  But, our employees need to feed their families. The schedule needs to be filled. The economy is slow.  We feel like our backs are between a rock and a hard place!  Often, we take […]

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Why Customers Focus on Price

By on July 25, 2012 in Pricing and Estimating with 0 Comments
Why Customers Focus on Price

Painting contractors frequently complain about customers who focus solely on price, rather than value. While it is easy to blame the customer, contractors are often the ones at fault. To put this in context, consider your own buying habits. Do you ever buy anything based on price? Do you ever shop around for the best deal on a spray rig, a […]

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What the J.D. Power Paint Study says about Our Industry

What the J.D. Power Paint Study says about Our Industry

The 2012 U.S. Interior Paint Satisfaction study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates came out in April. Benjamin Moore ranked highest in customer satisfaction, Sherwin Williams was second and Behr third. While we salute the manufacturers who scored well, we also have to peel back the layers of this onion and see if it brings any […]

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The First Hangout!

By on July 19, 2012 in Google Hangouts with 4 Comments

We had the first of what we plan to be a monthly feature here at BP. Our Live Google Hangout of a website review by Darren Slaughter and Tess Wittler was held on 7/18/21012. I’d like to thank the folks who joined and participated. As with anything new, there is a learning curve, and add […]

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Internet Business Listing Directories the “yellow pages” of today!

By on July 19, 2012 in Websites and SEO with 9 Comments
Internet Business Listing Directories the “yellow pages” of today!

Do you want to get found on the Internet and increase your SEO using Business Listing Directories? Want a quick, easy, and FREE way to increase the chances of your company showing up on page 1 of an Internet search?  Then start placing your company information on Internet Business Listing Directories.  Increasing your chances of […]

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Google Hangouts!

Google Hangouts!

Last week we announced we would do a Google Hangout and review a website, live, on air, with Darren Slaughter, Tess Wittler, Heidi Nyline and myself. Easier said than done, but we are ready to do it on Wednesday July 18th at 8 pm Eastern Time. We would like you to join us, and we need […]

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Sherwin Williams Emerald-The New Jewel?

By on July 16, 2012 in Products with 23 Comments
Sherwin Williams Emerald-The New Jewel?

Sneak Peek on Sherwin Williams Emerald  Paint Review! I am excited to announce I am preparing a review for a the new Sherwin Williams Emerald paint, which is the flagship coating in their new 0 VOC colorant system. Available in any color at 0 voc’s after tinting. Exterior sheens come in flat, satin and gloss […]

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Color For Kids Rooms. Should they choose their own colors?

Color For Kids Rooms. Should they choose their own colors?

Don’t you just love the colors kids WANT to choose for their room? I know when I have my color consultations and it’s time to choose color for a kids room, Mom is nervous, the kids are excited and I just laugh – to myself of course. I think know it’s super important to let the kid choose […]

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Looking for feedback on your website?

Looking for feedback on your website?

Are you trying to be a paint contractor and website developer? Many of us wear several hats in our companies, trying to do every task, thinking we are saving time by spending precious hours on building websites, creating marketing campaigns, keeping up with Social Media, etc. We have discussed at length here on BP on […]

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Contractors and Social Media: 3 Tips to Increase Your Online Presence

By on July 5, 2012 in Social Media with 12 Comments
Contractors and Social Media: 3 Tips to Increase Your Online Presence

Note: This is Part 2 of a 2-part series focused on providing practical social media marketing tips and techniques to help painting contractors increase their online presence. In the last article, I noted that the place to start your online marketing efforts is actually with your website. This is also where your social media efforts […]

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Monster Proof Paint

By on July 4, 2012 in Daily Pick with 3 Comments
Monster Proof Paint

I love the Entrepreneurial Spirit! I first came across Peter and Izzy on Twitter, and was intrigued by the name and checked out their Facebook Page to learn more. Here is a couple who found a solution to their children’s problems and turned it into a viable product. And thanks to Social Media, they are able to share […]

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