The Online Resource for the Painting Industry

Business Practices

Best Practices For Painting Commercial Gym Spaces

By on August 2, 2015 in Business Practices with 1 Comment
Best Practices For Painting Commercial Gym Spaces

Last month, Dan Harrison wrote a post on the best colors for a commercial gym space. Once you and your client have settled on the colors you’re going to use, how are you going to start such a large project? My team of Chester County painters and myself have come up with a few tips […]

Continue Reading »

Setting a Budget

By on February 15, 2015 in Business Practices with 0 Comments
Setting a Budget

3 Things I Learned Since Leaving The Painting Industry

By on November 29, 2014 in Business Practices with 8 Comments
3 Things I Learned Since Leaving The Painting Industry

I left the painting industry about 3 years ago. I had pretty much grown up in the industry, having worked for my painting contractor uncle for several years. I later was co-founder of Jalapeno Paint Werx in Naperville , IL. With our unusual name we quickly grew into a well-known residential repaint company in our […]

Continue Reading »

Better your Business!

Better your Business!

What are you doing to better your business today? This was a question asked on a forum recently. The answers were widely varied, from “stocking up on supplies” to “putting a plan on paper”. A lot of good ideas, but no real action plans. It’s hard work running a paint contracting business, especially if you […]

Continue Reading »

Doing More with Technology

By on April 17, 2014 in Business Practices with 19 Comments
Doing More with Technology

I have always been into technology and gadgets since I was a young kid. I loved remote controlled cars and trucks, and I still do. It only made sense that I enjoyed doing my daily routines more efficient and effectively. This meant doing my work paperless. In construction there is so much paper that it is ridiculous. Tired […]

Continue Reading »

5 challenges with time sheets, and what you can do about it…

5 challenges with time sheets, and what you can do about it…

It seems apparent these days that using paper time sheets can be time-consuming and expensive for you and your business. My name is Neville Solomon, and after personally interviewing over 50 painting business owners across the country that still use time sheets, the majority have told me the challenges it brings them, and how it’s […]

Continue Reading »

The Relationships between Manufacturers and Contractors

The Relationships between Manufacturers and Contractors

In the past, the relationships between manufacturers and contractors has always been buffered by various vendors/middlemen. Painting Contractors who had a question or a problem with a product usually got no further than their paint store rep, very few had the time, tenacity or resources to to work their way up the chain to speak […]

Continue Reading »

Bonded and Insured, Part Two

By on January 25, 2014 in Business Practices with 1 Comment
Bonded and Insured, Part Two

This blog is a guest post from Sara Aisenberg of SuretyBonds.com. In September, Sara shared a post about how being bonded pertains to the painting industry. Breaking down “Bonded and Insured,” Part 2 Most service professionals are familiar with the phrase “bonded and insured,” but not everyone knows what the terms mean and how they […]

Continue Reading »

Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

Is Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

Leftovers in the fridge are sometimes amongst the most coveted cuisine, especially when you are hungry and just need to eat. Cold pizza can be better than hot pizza. Same holds true for other delicacies. And here’s the large leap where I state that good contractors are to be coveted too. Residential repainting in particular […]

Continue Reading »

CORK-Customer Relationship Management

How do you pull it all together? Keeping track of customers, proposals, contracts, employees, payroll, appointments, is hard if you don’t have a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system in place.  Most people I talk to use some combination of Outlook and Quickbooks along with paper documents and appointment scheduling software. Doing it that way worked […]

Continue Reading »

Questions for Painters

By on November 11, 2013 in Business Practices with 21 Comments
Questions for Painters

You must get this all the time: How much? How long? How fast? How fun. Day after day, these questions for painters. That pretty much covers it. Every gap not filled in there is where your head needs to be. It is what keeps me running a ProShot on something one day, and turning right […]

Continue Reading »

The Affordable Health Care Act-What does it mean to you?

By on September 28, 2013 in Business Practices with 4 Comments
The Affordable Health Care Act-What does it mean to you?

There is a lot of information the sites listed above, and here. I encourage our readers to investigate for themselves how this will affect them. Some states will run their own program, some will follow the federal one, click here to see where your state stands.

Continue Reading »

Bonded and Insured, Part One

By on September 24, 2013 in Business Practices with 2 Comments
Bonded and Insured, Part One

Breaking down “Bonded and Insured,” As a service professional, it’s likely that you’ve heard the phrase “bonded and insured.” But, what does it mean? In this two-part series, we’ll dissect the terms bonded and insured and how they pertain to the painting industry. What does “bonded” mean? Being bonded refers to the act of obtaining […]

Continue Reading »

Should You Pay Review Sites Advertising Fees?

By on September 10, 2013 in Business Practices, Marketing with 7 Comments
Should You Pay Review Sites Advertising Fees?

Yelp. Angie’s List. Google. Review sites are a reality of doing business. They’re a vital portion of the local SEO process and they’re an important source of sales. Yet, at times, they can be very destructive to a business. Some sites, Yelp in particular, seem to aggressively filter out any positive review while placing malicious, […]

Continue Reading »

It’s Time for a Mid-Year Business Check Up

By on August 6, 2013 in Business Practices with 4 Comments
It’s Time for a Mid-Year Business Check Up

We all take our cars in to the mechanic for periodic checks, and as painting contractors you often offer home maintenance or warranty inspections to check that your customer’s home exterior is in good shape and that the coatings are wearing well. As a business owner, how often do you check up on how your […]

Continue Reading »

Top