By: Patricia Seaton – 5 year College Pro Entrepreneur

 

Over the course of five summers running a College Pro franchise, I’ve hired, trained and lead my fair share of painters. Here are a few lessons I learned over the years:

 

Set appropriate expectations from the beginning: This can be challenging in your first year as an entrepreneur since you are hiring your own employees for the first time EVER, to do a job you’ve never actually done yourself. This was definitely a ‘trial by error’ experience for me where my skill at leading at team of painters only improved by making mistakes. Dealing with painter turnover helped me discover the important what-not-to-do-next-time’s and put these items into action.

Brogan MoffetBrogan Moffet, Senior Franchise Manager - College Pro Painters

Senior Franchise Manager

College Pro Painters

Laramie and Cheyenne, WY

 

1. How many years have you worked with College Pro? Why are you back again this year?

This is my third year with College Pro but only my second as a Franchise Manager. I returned to the company this year to further develop my skills and improve on my rookie year. 

 

2. It is early-April, how much time are you spending on your business this week? What does your average day look like?

You’re about to graduate, and all you can think is “wow, they weren’t kidding, it really does fly by.” Panic is setting in, real life starts in just a few months. What do you have planned?

 

My College Pro Experience

 

I want to share my College Pro experience, because some of the coolest things I have ever done have been with College Pro. I have been working for College Pro for less than a year, and was hired through Enactus Canada as College Pro’s first ever intern. My role is in social media and marketing, which involves a lot of interviewing, video taping, and picture taking. Because of this, I get to join the franchisees on a lot of their excursions and celebrations.

 

By: Rachel Lyda

 

 

 

In the summer job market available to college students, some available jobs can range from mowing lawns, to babysitting, waiting tables or making lattes. While all require punching in a time clock, and result in a reliable income, for the ambitious individual, they can quickly become rudimentary and lack excitement. Yes, perhaps you would gain a decent amount of money at the end of the summer in those jobs, but is the time you spend at those jobs really invested towards gaining skills to help you in your future? Or is it more to just get a paycheck at the end of the month? As a college student who has done numerous of these common summer jobs, I can testify to the vast differences College Pro presents, and how it is something worth investing in.

By: Kristy Nieboer

 

I’m “The Intern” here at College Pro, the Media and Marketing intern.  I’m just finishing up my last year as an economics student at Wilfrid Laurier University. Although I study econ., I have an interest in human resources and marketing – you know, a typical student with a disconnect between my academic program and what I really think I’d like to do.

 

DIY Painting Tips from College Pro Painters: IRON RAILINGS

 

By: Jeremy Welik – Montreal

 

 

 

If you live in a metropolitan city, such as Montreal, with many homes close together, you will notice a lot of railings. In dense pockets featuring duplexes or triplexes, there is a plethora of railings and staircases accessing each flat. Many of these railings are cast iron and take quite a beating in harsh winter conditions. College Pro has been working with iron railings for over 40 years. Many of our own student painters live in these homes while they attend the nearby Universities. While living in an apartment with cast iron railings doesn’t mean you know how to paint them, spending your summer as a student painter in a city like Montreal does!

By: Matt Xhignesse

 

As the warm weather comes around and your mind turns to the peeling and chipping paint that may indeed be adorning your house, you’re likely to think about looking for a contractor to make it all better. There is no shortage of handymen around, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. You’ve heard about College Pro Painters and other student entrepreneurs holding a place in this industry, and you may have heard various thoughts about them. The question is: why should you choose a young kid over any of the other, experienced entrepreneurs? Doesn’t it seem like a bit of a gamble?

 

People go university and college so they can get an education, which in turn will help them get a job. That is the purpose of school, and every student knows it. However, most students don’t realize how competitive the job market is, and assume they will graduate and instantly get a job. This is not the case – over 50% of university grads in the U.S. in 2011 moved home after graduation and either worked part-time jobs or didn’t work at all.  Many refer to this scenario as having a quarter life crisis. As a student, you may be wondering how you can avoid this. The answer is simple: gain experience that sets you apart from other students your age, so you stand out in the job market.

 

College Pro franchisees are most commonly described as leaders. Leadership is a quality many people want to possess, yet most who describe themselves as “leaders” have never acted as a true leader in the past. A true leader is someone who enjoys responsibility and takes credit for their actions (both positive and negative). They enjoy being faced with challenges, and leading a team to resolve issues. They thrive off overcoming challenges, and pride themselves not only on their own successes, but the successes of the people who they lead.

 

You’re about to graduate, and all you can think is “wow, they weren’t kidding, it really does fly by.” Panic is setting in, real life starts in just a few months. What do you have planned?

 

My College Pro Experience

 

I want to share my College Pro experience, because some of the coolest things I have ever done have been with College Pro. I have been working for College Pro for less than a year, and was hired through Enactus Canada as College Pro’s first ever intern. My role is in social media and marketing, which involves a lot of interviewing, video taping, and picture taking. Because of this, I get to join the franchisees on a lot of their excursions and celebrations.

 

By: Rachel Lyda

 

 

 

In the summer job market available to college students, some available jobs can range from mowing lawns, to babysitting, waiting tables or making lattes. While all require punching in a time clock, and result in a reliable income, for the ambitious individual, they can quickly become rudimentary and lack excitement. Yes, perhaps you would gain a decent amount of money at the end of the summer in those jobs, but is the time you spend at those jobs really invested towards gaining skills to help you in your future? Or is it more to just get a paycheck at the end of the month? As a college student who has done numerous of these common summer jobs, I can testify to the vast differences College Pro presents, and how it is something worth investing in.

By: Kristy Nieboer

 

I’m “The Intern” here at College Pro, the Media and Marketing intern.  I’m just finishing up my last year as an economics student at Wilfrid Laurier University. Although I study econ., I have an interest in human resources and marketing – you know, a typical student with a disconnect between my academic program and what I really think I’d like to do.