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Friday, October 23, 2009

Have You Ever Made This Mistake In Your Painting Buiness? Here's The Solution.

I have this book of quotes that I read every morning when I wake up... I just pick it up, close my eyes and open it up to a page and read the quote.

Well, for the last three days in a row, I have opened the book to the exact same quote so I figure there is something I need to learn from it. It says:

"The world makes way for a man (or woman) who knows where he (or she) is going"

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

You see, things haven't exactly been going as planned lately. Many of our new projects are WAY behind schedule and seem to be at a standstill... When people make promises and don't follow through on their word, it reflects poorly on the business owner.

I sent out my newsletter a few weeks ago asking folks to take a survey in exchange for a free trial subscription in our new membership web site that I was expecting to be ready to launch in October.

Well here we are almost in the last week of October and, you guessed it, it's not ready yet.

So what do I do? I guess the only thing I can do is look for the lesson and learn from it.

After all, my goals of providing the best, most up to date information & resources for growing a painting business, haven't changed... I still know where my business is going and like Emerson said, the world will make way for me to do that.

However the lesson I've learned and want to pass on here is simple.

Try not to promise more than you can deliver. ALWAYS under promise and OVER DELIVER.

I have met a lot of "fly by the seat of your pants" business owners, who talk a good game and will say YES to every question a customer asks (even if they know nothing about the skill needed to deliver the result).

They figure, "I'll land the job and figure it out as I go..." But the problem with that approach is that most of the time, in the end, it's the customer who suffers most.

Save yourself the aggravation and never refer anyone based on what they say they can do...

Make them prove to you that they can deliver the goods, because after all if you vouch for someone and they don't deliver, it is going to reflect poorly on YOU!

The membership site (and all of the other projects) IS going to launch and it is going to be AMAZING, but it is going to be a few more weeks until it goes live and for that, I apologize.

As of right now I'm still waiting for a progress report and time line.

I'll be sure to post updates as soon as I know more.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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My friends Vic and Lisa Johnson are doing this crazy marketing
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I'm helping them with their big giveaway and wanted to make sure
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Feel free to pass this on to friends. They can get one too if they
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This is one of my favorite books. I know you'll love it!

Andy Thompson

Monday, October 19, 2009

(NEW) Painting DVD Teaches This Old Dog New Tricks!

Start-up painting business owners who want to develop better house painting skills and a more fluid understanding of the process for achieving a professional quality paint job, will benefit greatly from Dan Brady's new DVD - "Learn How To Paint A Room Like A Pro".

A few weeks ago I saw a press release come across my desk about a new DVD that outlined the skills & insider tricks of the trade, for painting a room like a professional...

Anyone who knows me, knows that I get really fired up when I see painting contractors use the "Power of the PRESS" to promote their business... so I did what I always do, I sent Dan an email congratulating him.

I had the privilege of speaking on the phone to Dan - Owner of Dan Brady Painting and Wood Restoration, in Travers City, Michigan.

I told him that from time to time, I have new start up painting business owners contact me asking for tips and tricks to improve their painting skills, and that some the people on my newsletter list may be interested in his new DVD.

However before I could promote it, I had to make sure it passed muster and a few days later my copy showed up in the mail.

First impression, I was very impressed! Not just with the depth of information but how professionally it was presented and recorded...

This is Dan's first installment to his "Tricks of The Trade Painting Videos" series and if his follow up DVD's are anything like the first, this information rich library is sure to become a genuine asset to the painting industry.

In fact, I was one of those people who liked to say "there isn't much anyone could teach me about the skills or process of painting..." (because I've been painting all of my adult life) but I'm not ashamed to say I learned a few valuable insights that will save me a lot of time and improve my production process, greatly.

...Which in the end helps to improve my clients overall experience, and that's what it's all about!

Although the DVD is geared toward teaching the "DIYer", it will also help the small business owner who specializes in targeting interior residential repaints by helping them:

  • Streamline the process and reduce the time it takes to paint a room
  • Improve the overall quality of the finished product
  • Improve their overall client experience
Less time to produce the job + a better looking finished product = lots of happy, satisfied customers and more money in your bank account!

The way I see it, if this DVD helps you reduce your production time by just 30 minutes per job (because it helped you streamline your production process) it is worth a thousand times the $24.95 asking price.

We are happy to give Dan Brady and the "Learn How To Paint A Room Like A Pro" DVD our highest recommendation.

To learn more about Dan Brady and see a sample of the DVD head over to:

Perk Up Your Painting Business With Prizes

Hey, everyone loves the chance to win something and as far as I can tell no one else is doing anything like this...

One of the ways we are going to make our estimates stand out in 2010 is to create a "Lucky Envelope" that we give to each prospect along with our written estimate. We are kicking around a few ideas for what should go in the "Lucky Envelope" to help us make a better impression on our potential clients.

Here are a few ideas we are considering...
  1. A scratch off lottery ticket
  2. A coupon for a buy one get one free meal at a local restaurant we have a relationship with.
  3. A chance to win their paint job for free contest offer
  4. A free car wash or movie ticket
Brainstorm some things you can use to make your painting business stand out.

Success in this new economy, takes creative thinking.

Do your best to make the experience more fun and exciting for the home owner and watch your sales improve.

Remember - Sales is service!

The last thing you want to do is look and sound like every other painting contractor in town.

We are about two weeks from launching our (NEW) Subscribers Only Membership web site, where we will share detailed information about how to put together these fun creative (money making) ideas to work.

The monthly membership fee will be less than a cup of Starbucks coffee and scone, especially for our first 100 charter members.

We'll be posing a blog announcement with a link to the new web site very soon, so be sure to bookmark this blog and check back often!