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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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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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Vote for the Best Video

By on February 15, 2016 in Random Thoughts with 0 Comments

Contractors from around the nation have submitted their videos, and now it’s your turn to decide who will make it to the top ten! Voting ends February 18th and you can vote once a day from now until voting closes.

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Finding your Niche

By on December 20, 2015 in Contractor Success Stories, Random Thoughts with 10 Comments
Finding your Niche

In The Beginning Most painters I know started out with a desire to be self-employed and have a decent set of painting skills. That was enough motivation for me to get going, too. Of course, I later found out that there is a whole lot more to running a painting business than I ever imagined! […]

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Paint it Forward

By on October 25, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 0 Comments
Paint it Forward

Painting is a rewarding job in and of itself. Working with clients to execute their visions and transform their homes is one of the most satisfying things I can imagine doing. This is why I started my business in 1987 and why I have worked so hard to grow ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING over the past 28 […]

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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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Getting Started With Floor Grinding

By on August 30, 2015 in Equipment, How do I?, Random Thoughts with 8 Comments
Getting Started With Floor Grinding

Where to Begin? Getting started in concrete coatings can be somewhat daunting, especially when considering the price of a floor grinder and vacuum system that can run $7,000 – $12,000.  If you are just starting out in concrete coatings, this startup expense can be a turn off. Thankfully, there are systems out there that will […]

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Surface preparation for floor coatings

By on June 18, 2015 in Equipment, How do I?, Random Thoughts with 1 Comment
Surface preparation for floor coatings

What are the most commonly used methods? Surface preparation is the single most important stage when executing an epoxy flooring project. Poor surface preparation can lead to significant problems such as the coating cracking, or detaching itself from the substrate. These problems may not appear straight away, but could show up after a few months. […]

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Thinking of adding Epoxy Flooring to your services?

By on May 16, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 7 Comments
Thinking of adding Epoxy Flooring to your services?

Things to consider before adding this service! Painters are always looking for new opportunities and are eager to expand their services in new business areas. One field that has always seemed attractive for painters is to offer services in applying floor coatings. Their prior background in working with a multitude of coatings gives them a significant […]

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Don’t Wait for Hindsight to Get Your Act Together

By on March 26, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments
Don’t Wait for Hindsight to Get Your Act Together

Hindsight is pretty clear, isn’t it? How many times have you said “Let’s not do that again.” I can think of a few dozen examples in my own life. “Don’t go to a small town with your buddies and try to pick up the local girls.” That was a lesson learned many years ago as […]

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Keeping the Trade Alive

By on March 8, 2015 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments
Keeping the Trade Alive

“If we want the trade to stay alive and remain a trade it’s our responsibility to pass it on to the next generation” Source With the PDCA Expo in Charleston South Carolina wrapping recently, there has been a lot of attention on what is going on in the painting industry. It was great to see […]

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What’s Your Problem?

By on December 15, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 24 Comments
What’s Your Problem?

For years, I was an internet forum junkie. I think I have about 20,000 posts scattered across a few forums. Forums became less appealing for me when I realized that they have evolved as entertainment, but not as a consistently reliable format for professional dialogue. I may have finally kicked the habit. My opinion on […]

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Quit Putting Lipstick on a Pig!

By on October 5, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 10 Comments
Quit Putting Lipstick on a Pig!

The race to the top of the page Everyone wants their site on the top of SERP’s, I get that, that’s how customers can find us, it’s the route that many are taking that drives me nuts! Looking at my Facebook and Twitter feeds, I see article after article on “Panda, Penguin and Google’s latest […]

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Arborcoat Ups and Downs

By on August 17, 2014 in Random Thoughts with 2 Comments

Joshua from Allbright painting is always doing interesting projects when he is not traveling around the states providing educational seminars to paint contractors. His latest one was teaming up with Benjamin Moore to create the worlds largest YoYo. He wrote about the experience here. This is another great example of the evolution of the relationship building between contractors […]

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Ever have one of those days?

By on July 13, 2014 in Daily Pick, Random Thoughts with 0 Comments
Ever have one of those days?

What to do about those days that don’t go exactly as you planned them out? I used to stress uncontrollably worrying that things are not going according to my plan. if it is taking longer, for example, to finish the job than expected. Maybe something doesn’t turn out perfect that I’ve painted. Or maybe someone […]

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