By: Jessica Verhey, College Pro Alumni

How to make the most of a rainy day - College Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a rainy day, a College Pro franchisee has two options:

1)     Sleep

2)     Continue to move the business forward

In some cases, I would argue sleep is essential to building momentum, but most of the time, a rainy day is an opportunity to get things done.

I was not the type of franchisee who looked at the weather report. In fact I refused to look at the weather report. If an employee or customer told me it was supposed to rain, I would simply say “we will cross that bridge when we come to it.”

By: Jessica Verhey, former College Pro Entrepreneur

 

The first week of running my College Pro franchise was stressful to say the least.

One day, I was running a few minutes late from the paint store.

I was meeting a new crew at 8 a.m. and we were planning to paint lower windows, doors and frames on the exterior of a house.

The previous paint on the home was oil based, so I got new oil paint to put over the top.

I drove up to the house and my new painters were waiting outside. I got out of my van and opened up the side door.

By: Jeremy, College Pro Entrepreneur

At College Pro, our Student Painters are well experienced with all areas of the home, and an area that comes up a lot is the foundation. Many homes have masonry around them and, over time, you may notice cracks or discoloration.  Some DIY tips from College Pro -  Your Foundationhomeowners also choose not to paint their foundation or have heard that it is not good for the cement. Here at College Pro Painters, we have been doing it for years and, in our expert opinion, painting your foundation will better protect it and allow your home ultimately to look more finished. There are, however, a few things our Student Painters have learned over the years in regards to foundation painting and hopefully these tips will help you moving forward.

“TO SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE PACK”

By: Jeremy Welik, Senior College Pro Franchisee

Why choose College Pro - To Separate Yourself From The Pack

The list of possible student internships for the summer can go on forever and ever. There are countless industries and numerous opportunities for students these days (careful: some don’t pay). Because of the sheer number of student internships out there, it is easy to fall between the cracks and blend in with everyone else. On the other hand, the College Pro experience will allow you to separate yourself from the pack. Whether you’re a business student, art student or even looking to get into medical school, College Pro is an experience like none other.Where most student internships start you at an entry-level position, College Pro gives you the opportunity to be your own boss starting day one – in other words, you get to take the bull right by the horns.

By: Jeremy Welik, Senior Franchise Owner

A Day in the Life of a College Pro Franchisee

As a College Pro Franchisee, everyday is different. Of course you will develop a routine–but always expect the unexpected.  May is the month where most of us will start production [painting or window cleaning]. Ideally, by production start you’ve got a good 30-40% of your summer booked when it comes time for your painters to begin producing. For a first year College Pro Franchisee this will most likely be a hectic time. You will be on a steep learning curve and feeling your way through it all, so it’s important to go in with an open mind. Once you understand that it’s a learning process, and that obstacles are natural, then you’re ready to take it all in.  In addition to all the learning, it’s crucial that you use the resources at your disposal and keep things simple – follow the systems, listen to your coach and work hard. The support from College Pro will definitely help, but, at the end of the day, it is up to you to go out and make things happen. With that you are ready for production.

My painters from my College Pro days were amazing. I was even sitting down to dinner the other day with some friends and we were reminiscing of all the fun and wacky things my painters did. It didn’t start that way though. I made some serious errors when it first came to hiring, errors that made my first month as a franchisee with College Pro way more chaotic than it needed to be.

The idea of hiring a contractor can be intimidating to many people. Getting home renovation work done is a big investment, and you want to have the confidence that the team you hire will do things right, and won’t charge you an arm and a leg. If you don’t personally know a contractor, the plethora of choices available for home painting is often overwhelming. You’ve heard about companies comprised mostly of college painters, like College Pro, but you’re not sure about them. Rest assured, hiring College Pro will not disappoint. Why, you ask?

 

By: Jeremy Welik, College Pro Painters Franchisee

5 Painting Tips from College Pro PaintersOver the past 5 months with College Pro Painters, I have learned a lot when it comes to house painting. From the preparation to cleaning up at the end of the day, there are many aspects of a job that must not be overlooked. In regards to preparation, there a few things that must be done in order for the surfaces to be ready for painting.

  1. Making sure all the loose paint is scraped off is one of them, but, before that can be done, we must make sure that the scrapers are sharp. Too many times I have seen painters scrape surfaces with dull blades. Don’t be lazy, and do it right.

Tacoma, Washington

College Pro Window Cleaning_Get the Right People on the Team

 

Daniel Simoes

Burlington/Oakville, ON

4th Year Window Cleaning Franchisee

 

Daniel is an experienced College Pro Window Cleaning franchisee in the Burlington and Oakville areas.  As he has been with College Pro for several years, Daniel has many regular customers, whom he now knows on a personal level.  He says that managing your own business can be both a reward and a challenge – “You get to control your own hours, and the flexibility is great. The amount of responsibility that is given to you is also great, but can prove to be challenging as well. The biggest challenge I’ve faced this summer has been finding the right people, who all work well together. This can have a huge impact on your business.”

By: Jeremy, College Pro Entrepreneur

At College Pro, our Student Painters are well experienced with all areas of the home, and an area that comes up a lot is the foundation. Many homes have masonry around them and, over time, you may notice cracks or discoloration.  Some DIY tips from College Pro -  Your Foundationhomeowners also choose not to paint their foundation or have heard that it is not good for the cement. Here at College Pro Painters, we have been doing it for years and, in our expert opinion, painting your foundation will better protect it and allow your home ultimately to look more finished. There are, however, a few things our Student Painters have learned over the years in regards to foundation painting and hopefully these tips will help you moving forward.

“TO SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE PACK”

By: Jeremy Welik, Senior College Pro Franchisee

Why choose College Pro - To Separate Yourself From The Pack

The list of possible student internships for the summer can go on forever and ever. There are countless industries and numerous opportunities for students these days (careful: some don’t pay). Because of the sheer number of student internships out there, it is easy to fall between the cracks and blend in with everyone else. On the other hand, the College Pro experience will allow you to separate yourself from the pack. Whether you’re a business student, art student or even looking to get into medical school, College Pro is an experience like none other.Where most student internships start you at an entry-level position, College Pro gives you the opportunity to be your own boss starting day one – in other words, you get to take the bull right by the horns.

By: Jeremy Welik, Senior Franchise Owner

A Day in the Life of a College Pro Franchisee

As a College Pro Franchisee, everyday is different. Of course you will develop a routine–but always expect the unexpected.  May is the month where most of us will start production [painting or window cleaning]. Ideally, by production start you’ve got a good 30-40% of your summer booked when it comes time for your painters to begin producing. For a first year College Pro Franchisee this will most likely be a hectic time. You will be on a steep learning curve and feeling your way through it all, so it’s important to go in with an open mind. Once you understand that it’s a learning process, and that obstacles are natural, then you’re ready to take it all in.  In addition to all the learning, it’s crucial that you use the resources at your disposal and keep things simple – follow the systems, listen to your coach and work hard. The support from College Pro will definitely help, but, at the end of the day, it is up to you to go out and make things happen. With that you are ready for production.

My painters from my College Pro days were amazing. I was even sitting down to dinner the other day with some friends and we were reminiscing of all the fun and wacky things my painters did. It didn’t start that way though. I made some serious errors when it first came to hiring, errors that made my first month as a franchisee with College Pro way more chaotic than it needed to be.