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Getting to Know You: Nigel Costolloe

Getting to Know You: Nigel Costolloe

  Nigel Costolloe is both the owner of Catchlight Painting and one of their estimators. Nigel trained as an apprentice painter in California and continues to study the evolving science of coating adhesion and failure. He is active regionally and nationally in the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) as a leader, speaker and […]

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4 Strategies for Maximizing Word of Mouth Painting Referrals

4 Strategies for Maximizing Word of Mouth Painting Referrals

In the service industry, existing customers are your bread and butter and you need to make sure they have an amazing experience. Yes, you might get additional business from them for add-on work, but that’s not how they are most valuable. According to a Nielsen survey, people are FOUR TIMES more likely to buy when […]

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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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Hiring, Firing and Training

Hiring, Firing and Training

By on October 16, 2016 in Random Thoughts, What We Do with 2 Comments

There are several things to consider when you think about what type of work you want to do. Generally speaking, it’s better to do a few things well rather than trying to do it all. Consider what types of work are available in your area, what you are best equipped to do and what it […]

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Getting to Know You: Noah Winkles

Getting to Know You: Noah Winkles

By on October 12, 2016 in Random Thoughts, Reader Spotlight with 0 Comments

Noah, Nate and Chuck Winkles Noah Winkles was born and raised in Santa Maria, California and has lived his entire life in Santa Barbara County. Growing up, Noah had a passion for sports and played football, baseball, and basketball. When Noah wasn’t playing on a team or a pickup game with his brother, he was […]

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Josh Abramson: Key Takeaways Learned Over 29 Years

Josh Abramson: Key Takeaways Learned Over 29 Years

Over the past 29 years, Josh has grown to become an industry leader through his nationwide speaking engagements, humanitarian efforts, and the innovative products he has developed for the painting industry as a whole.

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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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How to Market your Painting Business Online

How to Market your Painting Business Online

By on July 16, 2016 in Daily Pick, Random Thoughts, What's New with 0 Comments

Do you want to give your client list a boost without spending a fortune on marketing and advertising? Going digital is a great, low-cost way to turn idle hours into more work than you can handle. These tips will help you to successfully market your painting business online… 1. Create a Hub If you come […]

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Catchlight Painting Y.E.S Program

Catchlight Painting Y.E.S Program

By on July 7, 2016 in Random Thoughts, What's New with 0 Comments

How We Ran a Successful Community Based Promotion as a Local Business   At Catchlight Painting, we’re always looking for creative ways to raise awareness of our residential painting company and our desire to be recognized as a community partner. When DYB business coach, Steve Burnett shared an initiative he’d used successfully to brand his […]

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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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What if you actually love what you do?

What if you actually love what you do?

By on July 1, 2016 in Random Thoughts with 8 Comments

Craftsman vs. Entrepreneur I approached the PDCA expo in New Orleans with a naïve attitude. This became clear to me as I presented both my educational topic and my argument in the ‘throw down’ debate. I tailored these presentations to people like me: someone who has strong business acumen and someone who leads their crew […]

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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

Finding your Niche

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

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

Paint it Forward

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

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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