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Solve Business Problems in Half the Time

Solve Business Problems in Half the Time

Defeat Twice as Many Problems in the Same Amount of Time! Solutions to paint business problems these days seem to be measured in 50 and 100% increments. Sometimes, reality works in different sized chunks than “twice as many” and “half as many”. While I love big picture thinking, when you are in the forest, you […]

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Painting Business Owner: Home Office Tax Deduction

Painting Business Owner: Home Office Tax Deduction

As a painting business owner, you likely conduct most of your business outside of your home (doing estimates, supervising job sites, etc). However, you can still claim the home office deduction if you are using an area in your home for your business. Claiming this deduction allows you to deduct a percentage of utilities, mortgage interest, […]

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There’s Never been a BETTER Time to Market a Painting Business

By on September 3, 2016 in Business Practices, What We Do with 6 Comments
There’s Never been a BETTER Time to Market a Painting Business

Never before has it been so easy for a painting contractor to connect with homeowners through social media and email marketing

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Save Big With A Little Known Tax Credit

By on July 20, 2016 in Business Practices, What We Do with 0 Comments
Save Big With A Little Known Tax Credit

What if I told you, your painting business could improve employee loyalty and save thousands of dollars on taxes with one action? Sounds like a crazy idea, right? Well, I’m here to tell you it is possible by claiming the Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit. Why The Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit? As you […]

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How to set up a Painting Business

How to set up a Painting Business

So, you have been working as a painter for some time now and you are looking to venture out on your own, find your own clients and manage your own projects. You have perhaps also competed a few jobs and are wondering “where to from here”? How do I find enough work to keep me busy and […]

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If You Don’t Go Paperless Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

If You Don’t Go Paperless Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

Do you have boxes of paper taking up space in your office? Receipts stacked up on your dashboard? Don’t wait until you are on the next episode of Hoarders. Go paperless. Eliminate the headache of messy file cabinets, lost receipts, unreadable mileage logs, and cluttered painting vehicle dashboards and home office desks. Reasons you need […]

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Angie’s List Reviews: More Important Than Ever

Angie’s List Reviews: More Important Than Ever

Angie’s List reviews are now visible to anyone and everyone. In March the site announced it would no longer require paid memberships to access their online business listings and reviews. While this announcement was met with little fanfare, the potential impact on residential and commercial painting contractors is huge. Here is why this matters to […]

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Do you need help finding quality painters?

Do you need help finding quality painters?

Our mission is a big undertaking To give every Paint Contractor in North America instant access to quality Painters in their local area. If you are a Painting Contractor or a company in need of hiring painters, you can register for free at Painter Job Hub Within minutes you can connect with available Painters in […]

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4 Tips For Better Work Agreements

By on June 28, 2016 in Business Practices with 0 Comments
4 Tips For Better Work Agreements

The work is the most important part of any contracting job, but your work agreement comes in hot as second. A contract is obviously important when it comes to avoiding costly lawsuits, but it’s more than just avoiding legal fees. A well-written work agreement will save you misunderstandings and the time, money, and frustrations attached […]

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How We Built a Hiring Process That Works

How We Built a Hiring Process That Works

For us folks here in the North, it’s that time of year when the exterior work is rolling in and we need to staff-up to meet the demand. Every painting company needs a healthy amount of guys and gals on hand to cover the seasonal increase in workload, and a solid hiring process will insure […]

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What Does “Licensed, Bonded, and Insured” Mean for You?

What Does “Licensed, Bonded, and Insured” Mean for You?

As a painting contractor, one of your main concerns is building trust with your clients. After all, you’ll be spending lots of time inside their homes. Making sure you are “licensed, bonded, and insured” is the first step in building that trust. But what exactly does it mean for you? Let’s break it down. Licensed […]

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Attributes of an Excellent Coach

Attributes of an Excellent Coach

Introduction Yes, you get to wear yet another hat! Most of your crew are probably highly motivated self-starters. Some people however, if left to themselves, will not rise very far above average. This is where the role of a coach can be a critical factor in tipping the scales of winning or losing. It may […]

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Negotiating With General Contractors

By on February 21, 2016 in Business Practices with 5 Comments
Negotiating With General Contractors

Introduction When bidding to and working with general contractors, there are a number of things that are critical for your path to success. These include Marketing, The Bidding Process and Contract Negotiation. Marketing Your success starts with smart marketing. I would encourage anyone to evaluate the General Contractors within their target market area. You can […]

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Prep to Finish to Speak at Tech Track for ’15 NE PDCA Conference

By on October 9, 2015 in Business Practices, What's New with 2 Comments
Prep to Finish to Speak at Tech Track for ’15 NE PDCA Conference

Northeast Council PDCA partners with Prep to Finish to raise the bar some more… Todd Pudvar and Scott Burt (preptofinish.com) will be teaching at the PDCA Northeast Council Regional Conference on Friday, November 13 in Trumbull, CT. This is the Council’s largest event, bringing together paint contractors from New England and New York. Here is […]

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The Exciting World of Proposals and Contracts

By on August 16, 2015 in Business Practices with 0 Comments
The Exciting World of Proposals and Contracts

As a painting contractor, writing proposals and performing contract administration are just two of the many job functions you will find yourself involved in. How well you manage these tasks will be critical to your company’s success. This includes creating a professional proposal, drawing up and submitting the contract and negotiating with the owner or […]

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