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Scott Burt

Scott Burt owns and operates Topcoat Finishes, Inc. in Vermont, writes the monthly "From the Field" column in American Painting Contractor, and blogs prolifically at www.topcoatreview.com.

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How to Double Your Painting Business in 21 Simple Steps…Part 1

By on November 14, 2011 in Business Practices with 59 Comments
How to Double Your Painting Business in 21 Simple Steps…Part 1

Let’s preface this discussion by saying that there is no right or wrong size for a paint contracting business, no one size fits all. Crew size and configuration is completely dependant on the market you operate in and your potential to generate work. This discussion is geared more to the paint contractor who is in […]

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Content as Commodity.

By on November 13, 2011 in Blogging Tips, Random Thoughts with 18 Comments
Content as Commodity.

One thing you should know about blogging is a little bit about creating interesting and at least reasonably well-written content. Most would agree that to use a blog platform at any kind of a high level would imply that you have to at some point hit a minimum standard and quantity of organic content. Even if by accident, it should happen somewhere along the way.

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I’d Like to Thank my Accountant…

By on October 26, 2011 in Business Practices, Random Thoughts with 17 Comments
I’d Like to Thank my Accountant…

This article isn’t about accounting. But every year, almost to the day, my accountant sends out to all of his clients a year end tax planning document via email. It is rich with information about current tax legislation and expected changes in tax law from the current year to the next, which is a great […]

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Is Quality Still Possible in This Economy?

By on September 18, 2011 in Business Practices with 19 Comments
Is Quality Still Possible in This Economy?

We say yes. Sure, we all have sharper pencils today than we did 5 or 7 years ago. Alot of the (would be) competition has become pretty adroit – or sloppy -at figuring out where to compromise product and process to make lower numbers work. Some will even tell you that they make more money […]

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Zero Tolerance Policy…with a ways to go

By on August 17, 2011 in Random Thoughts with 3 Comments
Zero Tolerance Policy…with a ways to go

Riding the wave of the peak season, and scrambling to figure out how to get all the work done is a great time to start thinking about all the things that I need to do when things slow down. The winter list. All of the marketing tweaks, customer relations enhancements, equipment upgrades, systems rebuilds, employee […]

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The Doors of Perception

By on June 24, 2011 in Social Media with 8 Comments
The Doors of Perception

This month my blog culminated a Blog Shootout for contractors. It was a month long event that was well sponsored by four manufacturers and attracted a small but pleasing variety of writers, from new blogs to some extremely polished and well promoted blogs. The event was interesting and exciting, as it was nice to see […]

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Ten Tips for Product Review Blogging

By on June 14, 2011 in Social Media with 3 Comments
Ten Tips for Product Review Blogging

Blogging about tools and products (reviews) are one of the more interesting and popular topics for contractors who blog, for obvious reasons. Here are some tips for writing effective product reviews for your blog: 1. Post Title: Be sure to include the name/model of the tool in the blog post title so that it can […]

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Graco ProShot, on Further Review

By on June 12, 2011 in Equipment with 2 Comments
Graco ProShot, on Further Review

Here is some new footage I shot this morning on the Graco ProShot. The intent is to help contractors determine where and how they would use the tool, by showing situations where we use the tool most effectively. I have reviewed the original 2000 psi ProShot as well as the Fine Finish Unit for publication in […]

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Blogging for Paint Contractors

By on June 12, 2011 in Random Thoughts with 19 Comments
Blogging for Paint Contractors

For at least a couple of years, I was a skeptical spectator of social media and blogging. I thought these types of media were just bells and whistles, free attempts by contractors to avoid traditional methods of marketing their businesses. Then, last November, that changed for me. I decided that I needed an effective way […]

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