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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 […]

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How To Train A Salesperson For a Presentation

By on October 17, 2011 in Business Practices with 1 Comment
How To Train A Salesperson For a Presentation

  1. Appointment times are set in stone. Its a given to avoid being late at all costs. Your salesperson should give the customer a warm introduction and make small talk prior to running around with a tape measure. In his hands are a laptop and a picture presentation binder. He should look like a contractor. […]

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Business matters for one-man band painters

By on October 3, 2011 in Business Practices with 0 Comments

I was talking this week with fellow one-man band master decorator, Jonathan Graham, about the challenges of taking on bigger than normal jobs. For most UK painters, normal means redecorating a lounge or bedroom, which to be honest, is like falling off a log. From quoting, to ordering materials, to doing the work, to getting paid, it […]

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Festool Systainers

By on October 1, 2011 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Look for more reviews and information on Festool products at Topcoat Review.

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Getting out of the Bucket-Developing a System for Painting Contractors

By on September 30, 2011 in Pricing and Estimating with 1 Comment
Getting out of the Bucket-Developing a System for Painting Contractors

Most professional painting contractors understand the importance of developing systems for their business. For those who want to get out of the bucket, it is absolutely imperative. Unfortunately, developing systems can be a very imposing task, and many contractors don’t know where to start. However, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If they use a system, the process can […]

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Ducks in a row…..

By on September 21, 2011 in Safety and OSHA with 1 Comment
Ducks in a row…..

One of the hardest things about being a Painting Contractor is keeping up with all the legal requirements of owning a service oriented business.  We work with dangerous chemicals, use equipment that has high rates of injuries, and usually do this in an occupied home. That is a lot of liability! Are you covered? Mark […]

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Denver Historic Home Restoration

By on September 19, 2011 in Homeowner Resources with 2 Comments
Denver Historic Home Restoration

History is abundant in the Denver area. That’s why we take pride in giving older homes a “rejuvenated life.” Whether it’s ensuring an existing building is secure or adding up-to-date amenities, we appreciate the style and architectural needs with the ability to complete the project. Dowd Restoration brings back the value, splendor and integrity in […]

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Networking your Painting Business

By on September 14, 2011 in Marketing with 0 Comments
Networking your Painting Business

Interesting article by another of my favorite authors, Ivan Misner is the founder of BNI. Business networking is leveraging your business and personal connections to bring you a regular supply of new business. The concept sounds simple, doesn’t it? Don’t let that fool you, though. Because it involves relationship building, it can be a deceptively […]

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Are you Linkedin?

By on September 12, 2011 in Social Media with 2 Comments
Are you Linkedin?

      Another great post by BNI Founder Ivan Misner on maximizing your Linkedin profile.  Read the whole article, but I wanted to highlight #5 5. Building and Enhancing Credibility LinkedIn may well become the first place everyone will look to determine the business profile of an individual. LinkedIn allows a professional to showcase […]

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Small Business Leadership-Follow Me!

By on August 21, 2011 in Business Practices with 1 Comment
Small Business Leadership-Follow Me!

Editors Note: Part One of the series can be found here. In the last article, I stressed the need for decisive leadership in any organization, establishing the vision of the company and rallying the troops to own the company goals. That all sounds fairly lofty, doesn’t it? Perhaps company vision and rallying the troops to rise up and […]

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Blogging-Are you becoming the expert?

By on August 14, 2011 in Random Thoughts with 14 Comments
Blogging-Are you becoming the expert?

Well my blogging buddies, here it is two months later and see how we have grown! Even in the midst of the busiest season for painting contractors, many of you have taken the time to create articles to build some great content. I do appreciate your support and look forward to adding new bloggers to […]

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Tips on Hiring a Painting Contractor

Tips on Hiring a Painting Contractor

Ask for references. This is very important as it shows if their past clients were happy with the work performed, and the overall customer experience. Any professional painting contractor should be able to provide plenty of references. I would suggest getting and contacting at least three. Below are six examples of questions you should be prepared to ask […]

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The Doors of Perception

By on June 24, 2011 in Social Media with 8 Comments
The Doors of Perception

This month my blog culminated a Blog Shootout for contractors. It was a month long event that was well sponsored by four manufacturers and attracted a small but pleasing variety of writers, from new blogs to some extremely polished and well promoted blogs. The event was interesting and exciting, as it was nice to see […]

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