Category Archives: ONLINE EXTRAS

The Pros and Cons of Taking on a Business Partner

Is partnering the right path for you and your business?

Adding a business partner may give your business an extra boost in revenue. After all, twice the brainpower and effort could add up to twice the productivity and profits. Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Taking on a Business Partner

Making It in Miami

A contractor and her rep collaborate to help multi-family properties stand out

For most start-up painting contractors, the thought of doing door-to-door cold call prospecting doesn’t sound very appealing. As if that weren’t difficult enough, imagine that the segment you want to serve is the highly competitive, price sensitive multi-family market. Oh, and you’re a woman in a male dominated space. Continue reading Making It in Miami

Embrace the Changing Seasons

Meet maintenance needs with innovations like LatitudeTM Exterior Acrylic Latex

Fall is a time when temperatures are shifting, the weather is changing, and environmental conditions can be unpredictable. For many property managers and their maintenance teams, this may make Fall seem like a less than ideal time for new painting jobs. But thanks to products that perform in variable weather, Sherwin-Williams can turn that Fall weather into a season of productivity. Continue reading Embrace the Changing Seasons

5 Tips to Prevent Floor Coatings Failures

Proper prep will save you from costly callbacks

If you’re a painting contractor thinking about expanding your business into floor coating, then you’re not alone. Whether it’s bidding on a large-scale industrial project or staining a customer’s garage floor, contractors are increasingly expanding their services to include floor coatings. Continue reading 5 Tips to Prevent Floor Coatings Failures

Power Breakfasts Forge Strong Contractor/Sales Rep Bond

Sherwin-Williams Sales Rep Becomes Coach, Teammate and Friend

Many contractors view Sherwin-Williams’ sales reps as valuable assets to their business. But not many contractors can say that it was a sales rep who inspired them to start their business. Continue reading Power Breakfasts Forge Strong Contractor/Sales Rep Bond

5 Tips for Better, Faster and More Productive Pressure Washing

The experts at Mi-T-M share advice on getting the most out of your pressure washer

Pressure washing season is upon us and, as with any task, painting contractors are looking to maximize their equipment’s efficiency and productivity. Here are five tips to make the most of your pressure washing operations from Mi-T-M, which manufactures a complete line of pressure washers for industrial and residential use. Continue reading 5 Tips for Better, Faster and More Productive Pressure Washing

PRO+ductive Solutions Launched to Help Ease Contractor Challenges

Have you heard yourself say any of the following?

  • “I need to be more productive.”
  • “I spend more time on paperwork than painting or growing my business.”
  • “Most of my jobs require my crews to be efficient – get in, get out, but do a quality job.”
  • “Demand for work is higher than ever, I need my crews to do more jobs to keep up with demand.”

Continue reading PRO+ductive Solutions Launched to Help Ease Contractor Challenges

Tips On How To Be More Productive On Interior Paint Jobs

Success on interior jobs doesn’t just happen. It hinges on using the proper prep and application tools and knowing the right paint for the job on walls, trim, cabinets and more. In this article, we’ll offer tips to help you maximize productivity with the appropriate coatings and tools. Continue reading Tips On How To Be More Productive On Interior Paint Jobs

Do You Have a Business Lynchpin?

Lynchpin
noun

  1. a person or thing vital to an enterprise

When Jason Phillips, President and CEO of Allen, Texas-based Phillips Home Improvements, talks about Rudy Chacon, his Sherwin-Williams sales representative, he starts with a one-word answer: “Lynchpin.” Continue reading Do You Have a Business Lynchpin?

Beating Workplace Fatigue

Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated – and Practice the Amish Hour

Painting can be hard physical labor, and many crews are putting in extra hours. However, a fatigued team can lead to reduced productivity, sloppy work and safety concerns. Here are some considerations for helping your crew stay sharp and energized throughout the day. Continue reading Beating Workplace Fatigue

Social Media 101 for Painting Contractors

Sherwin-Williams offers step-by-step instructions on how to set up pages and start advertising

Stumped by social media and how it might help grow your business?

Many painting contractors are growing a successful social media presence. And your Sherwin-Williams rep can direct you to a new guide from Sherwin-Williams that will show you how, featuring specific sections on using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms, as well as an extended section on creating Facebook ads. Continue reading Social Media 101 for Painting Contractors