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By on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized with 10 Comments

The Blogging Painters Network is expanding!

wordleWhat started out as a collection of blogs by painting contractors is expanding exponentially as we encounter some very savvy business people in the painting, business and marketing industries.  This blog has allowed a level of communication between these experts that was not previously seen in our field. While many of us have interacted on forums and various Social Media platforms, there are many who were “out of the loop”, and by that I mean, not connected socially, but still have great advice and input to share.

One example is Dan Frost of Frost Painting, I happened across this blog post he wrote recently and asked him to expand on it, here is what he had to say:

I have been in the painting business for 30 years.  Like many of us “old dogs” change is a foreign word analogous to using waterborne finishes on interior trim.  Nevertheless, I would like to think wisdom is one of our strengths, and the waterborne finishes are actually quite nice, therefore I have accepted change into my business operations as well.

What I have changed is working “on” my business instead of “in” my business.  A concept I first heard years ago with the E-Myth business model.  What I have learned after all these years of watching the bottom-line, is that investing in the process and systems that makes a small business prosper is crucial.   It is a difficult step to take.  A step that, I believe, where everyone needs some guidance.  I have tried “consultants” before, but could not find the right fit.  I came across Linnea Blair and Advisors On Target from the PDCA.  I realized that I needed assistance on setting up a plan and creating benchmarks to assess how the plan is working.  After all these years in business I had no formal business plan!  The first thing Linnea did was get all my financials and start setting up budgets, while concurrently starting me on formulating a business plan (have patience, my plan took 4 months to finalize).  What came across immediately working with Linnea are two things:  her experience working with painting contractors and her financial background. Now I must confess at this point that working with a consultant, advisor, mentor, or whatever you want to call “help” takes a lot of work.  The advisor is not a panacea for your business problems.  You are the one doing the work, the advisor is just the facilitator, and as facilitators go there is none better than Linnea Blair of Advisors On Target.

I thought this was pretty good advice! When I asked Dan what prompted him to call Linnea after doing it his own way for so many years, he responded with:

Like many painters I am  an independent, stubborn breed and I was an “ostrich” painter for 30 years  (head in the sand).  When I finally looked around I realized to get where I wanted to be I needed help.

Dan makes several good points that probably apply to a lot of us who have been in the paint contracting business for a decade or more. Most especially, the need to keep our minds open and always be learning. That is the spirit of Blogging Painters and it is central to our mission as we continue to bring relevant articles to our readers and build the most comprehensive online archive of business topics for paint contractors on the internet. We look forward to hearing from more colleagues and learning from each other.

Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Editor at Blogging Painters at Partners in Sites
Chris Haught likes to spend time online helping other business owners to learn more about how to improve their business and social media profiles. Chris is an avid blogger and technology nut.
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  1. Thanks for sharing Dan’s thoughts and his personal experiences. I hope other painters follow that path as well, and enjoy the rewards!

  2. Hear, hear. I can attest to the value offered by the Advisors On Target program; I can attribute our success to active participation in AOT since 2004.
    To wit; double digit growth each year through 2007, then while contracting sales, still increased gross and net profits throughout the recession.

    AOT affords the diligent and intentional business owner the tools, information and metrics needed to make essential adjustments to business, adjustments that are critical to continual success.

    • Chris says:

      Thanks for stopping by Nigel, and welcome to BP! Glad to hear of another success story. I really like your blog posts, we were all in Las Vegas at PDCA too!

      • Sorry not to meet you there, Chris – I like what you’re doing to our industry!

        • As a non-painter who is a resource for painters, I am enjoying the Blogging Painters for the communication and words of wisdom from painting pros.

          • Chris says:

            Barbara, you have been a great contributor to BP, like I said to Nigel, the beauty of BP is the variety of industry resources, such as yourself.

        • Chris says:

          Thanks Nigel, I met a lot of great people there, I am sure we crossed paths! And it’s not just me, the beauty of BP is the collaboration of like minded folks who share the goal of “raising the bar”. We wouldn’t be here without the efforts of Scott, Heidi, Tommy and all the others who contribute. I hope we can add you to that list!

  3. A lot of good information in these links. Thanks to all thoses who reply!!

    • I always enjoy reading the comments and posts on this valuable site. As a consultant–NOT a painter–I particularly appreciate the information provided, since the better informed I am about products and processes, the better I can serve my clients.

      (Hi, Nigel!)

      -Barbara

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