Working at College Pro, I’ve learned that you can understand your client’s expectations and provide them with the highest level of customer service, but, at the end of the day, you must still expect and accept the unexpected.  Until that check is in your hands, anything can happen.

My College Pro Experience - Say it like it is

Here’s one of those moments from my last summer with College Pro:

My College Pro Experience - Employing Students

I can’t think of anything more rewarding then giving students a job fora summer. I remember not so long ago, I was shuffling though summer job ads desperately trying to find something that would keep me busy for 4 months.  I was one of those who would wait until April and realize that summer is right around the corner and I have nothing to do! I would often find something last minute and find myself “toughing” it out all summer. Being a student, and, more importantly, being young allows you the freedom to explore different industries and try new things – most don’t have kids or a mortgage to keep them grounded.  I am now 23 years old and realize, looking back, just how many other opportunities I could have had during my teenage summers if I had looked into jobs sooner.

College Pro Tips - Building Relationships

For most new entrepreneurs, the idea of booking work can be daunting at first. There are all kinds of nerves leading up to that first job…Worries that nobody will say “yes”. These are normal. I mean, in your normal summer job, you clock in and clock out, then collect your cheque every other week. The College Pro experience is certainly different! You are not just selling a paint job, you’re selling yourself. If the homeowner doesn’t like you then they are NOT going to book work with you! It’s that simple.

Being a College Pro Franchisee comes with many perks but, above all, I feel that being able to do what you want when you want is the greatest.  Of course, real life isn’t exactly like this. However, if you are well organized, you will afford yourself certain freedoms that other students don’t have at traditional summer internships.

By: Jenni Panek-Christie. College Pro Painters Franchise Owner. Prairies.

I started my first training week of the season pumped, organized and ready to go! Had all my production planned out for the week, had all the paint sorted out, had go-sheets (to track budgets on jobs) and QRCs (to track customer satisfaction) and a variety of skill sets thought through and ready to teach my team of College Pro Painters! I narrowed my focus to one thing: successful training week with my crews –teach them quality, teach them efficiency, teach them excellent customer service!

Throughout my lifetime I have had many small part time jobs that tend to last short periods of time.  The pay was generally minimum wage and my responsibilities were minimal. There was never really any room to grow so I was always left wanting more. In my mind I felt that this was all normal and that one day when I finished school I would find a full time position somewhere and begin working my way up the ranks. I feel as if most people have this mentality but it doesn’t have to be that way… With College Pro Painters I was able to make way more money in one summer than I ever had, all the while being my own boss.

As a new College Pro Franchisee, I felt a little overwhelmed at first and was not too sure what to expect. Running and operating a business was new to me and everyday is a new learning experience. I started production the 2nd week of May and began training 2 of my painters. The first job went rather smoothly and as a team we worked well.  I figured most days would run from around 9 AM to 5 PM followed by cold calling the area for about an hour.  I soon realized that every My College Pro Experience - Manage Expectationsjob would not turn out exactly like that. 8-hour days in the sun take a lot of energy and I found that my painters were very tired by the end of the day. None of my painters were motivated to go out and knock on doors, and, worst of all, the quality of work would begin to decline.  Promoting your business at a jobsite is the best type of marketing, so your painters need to understand that and work at attaining new business.

Heading into the first summer as a College Pro Painters Franchisee, my painting knowledge was certainly limited.  I had painted a few times in the past, but mainly followed orders and did what I was told. I was definitely nervous that my lack of painting skills would severely hurt me throughout the summer.  After meeting a bunch of other College Pro Franchisees it was clear that none of us were professional painters but we all had the drive to learn. Through classroom theory sessions, group discussions and a hands-on, week long, painting intensive, I learned and gained the necessary confidence and skills to get started. I acquired a wonderful foundation that I could build on.My College Pro Experience - New Skills

Everything is in the details.  You’ve heard that before, right?  This idea sometimes gets lost in long hot days and metal oil paint fumes, but it is something every College Pro Franchisee must remember. I was doing around ten estimates a week at the peak of the summer and, at times, would find myself rushing through the estimation process.   I found myself making mistakes on the paint and supplies I was going to need or miss evaluating the prep wok etc… All of these things cost me both money and time.

If there is one thing I learned this past summer working at College Pro, it is that you never know what to expect! There were many instances where I would doubt a customer actually booking the job with me, and then I would book it on the spot!  Then again, just as many times they wouldn’t book with me. Estimates are the key to our business and sometimes you need to tough it out and do whatever you can to book that work. There is one example from last summer that stands out to me most.

My College Pro Experience - Persistence Pays Off

College Pro Tips - Building Relationships

For most new entrepreneurs, the idea of booking work can be daunting at first. There are all kinds of nerves leading up to that first job…Worries that nobody will say “yes”. These are normal. I mean, in your normal summer job, you clock in and clock out, then collect your cheque every other week. The College Pro experience is certainly different! You are not just selling a paint job, you’re selling yourself. If the homeowner doesn’t like you then they are NOT going to book work with you! It’s that simple.

Being a College Pro Franchisee comes with many perks but, above all, I feel that being able to do what you want when you want is the greatest.  Of course, real life isn’t exactly like this. However, if you are well organized, you will afford yourself certain freedoms that other students don’t have at traditional summer internships.

By: Jenni Panek-Christie. College Pro Painters Franchise Owner. Prairies.

I started my first training week of the season pumped, organized and ready to go! Had all my production planned out for the week, had all the paint sorted out, had go-sheets (to track budgets on jobs) and QRCs (to track customer satisfaction) and a variety of skill sets thought through and ready to teach my team of College Pro Painters! I narrowed my focus to one thing: successful training week with my crews –teach them quality, teach them efficiency, teach them excellent customer service!

Throughout my lifetime I have had many small part time jobs that tend to last short periods of time.  The pay was generally minimum wage and my responsibilities were minimal. There was never really any room to grow so I was always left wanting more. In my mind I felt that this was all normal and that one day when I finished school I would find a full time position somewhere and begin working my way up the ranks. I feel as if most people have this mentality but it doesn’t have to be that way… With College Pro Painters I was able to make way more money in one summer than I ever had, all the while being my own boss.