DIY tips from College Pro - Painting Your WindowsOver the years, and harsh weather conditions, windows can take quite a beating.  College Pro has been painting windows on homes for over 40 years (along with all other exterior surfaces). The student painters at College Pro are used to all types of windows, including even the most tedious storm windows. Ground level or 3rd story dormer, the College Pro crews are prepared with all the necessary equipment to complete the job.  From all of us at College Pro we understand that as a homeowner you may want to do some window work yourself. We encourage all homeowners to take care of their homes but call the student painters at College Pro for the heavy-duty stuff!  The following are some tips that can help you keep your windows looking fresh and protected for year’s to come.

By: Jeremy Welik

College Pro, Why Book Early

Winter doesn’t exactly scream “exterior painting”. For most homeowners they don’t want to think about it until March or April. What happens, though, is that all of these homeowners begin calling in March and April looking to have work done, and everyone suddenly wants it produced the first week of May! I mean, wanting your work done in May makes perfect sense, however it generally needs to be scheduled a few months prior. Who doesn’t want to re-paint their entire front trim in early May and enjoy it all summer? Not to mention, booking well in advance gives the space to plan the budget properly. It just makes good sense.

Production Season at College Pro Painters

Early June is one of the busier times in the season for a College Pro Painters Franchisee.  At this point, along with help from your painters,you will be booking and producing work simultaneously. At this point [early June] in the season, your painters should be fully trained and able to work independently. Of course,it’s smart to check in from time to time and see that everything is on track. College Pro Painters will help you distribute flyers in your target markets and coach you through the various transitions of your business term – all while holding you accountable to your weekly and year end goals.

By: Jeremy Welik

I first heard of College Pro two years ago, when a representative walked into my entrepreneurship class at McGill University. I was initially skeptical of this student job offering, but was also intrigued and eager to learn more about it. At the time, I was working on and off as a busboy at a local restaurant and, needless to say, hated my job. As the semester moved forward, procrastination took over and my College Pro Painters’ interest was put on hold.

By: Kristy Nieboer, Media & Marketing Intern

 

After reading the Globe and Mail article “Why Canada’s Youth Are Losing Hope For The Future”, it became evident that today’s students will have a very difficult time finding jobs in their desired fields after they finish school. In addition to the changes in the economy, and the decreasing number of jobs, there is an increasing number of graduates each year, making the competition for work very aggressive. As is, students struggle to find summer jobs (including part-time) in their field of study.

 

By: Kristy Nieboer, Media & Marketing Intern

 

College Pro - Friendships that go beyond the Business

 

Harry Seaton (Franchisee in Thunder Bay, ON) and myself at a mid-summer College Pro event… Harry is ‘dressed to impress’.

As College Pro’s first ever Media & Marketing Intern, I have had the chance to witness the incredible relationships between College Pro Franchisees and their managers, as well as develop similar relationships with my managers. The relationships I am speaking of are different than any relationship I have had with employers in the past – I would use words such as mentor, coach, and supervisor to describe College Pro’s management/employee relationships.

Steel Ricciotti: Window Cleaning Franchisee – Windsor, Ontario

 

For the young, motivated, college or university student who is looking into entrepreneurship, the forgiving nature of the marketplace towards student entrepreneurs provides a great opportunity to jump in and explore the possibilities. In addition to the market’s encouragement, being young also provides some great advantages to the aspiring entrepreneur. You have the least to lose at this point in life, and you have time to work through the learning curve. Additionally, there are a few outstanding programs willing to provide the hands on training and support necessary for your development, with little to no up front capitol required on your part. A couple of programs that I have first hand knowledge of are College Pro Painters and College Pro Window Cleaning. They have a long-standing history of providing hands-on experience to train and coach student entrepreneurs through the challenges that occur during the path to success.

College Pro Painters, College Pro Window CleaningCollege Pro sits down with Vitaly Ishin now General Manager in Winnipeg for College Pro Window Cleaning was once a franchisee for College Pro Painters.




Name: Vitaly Ishin
Current Position: General Manager – Window Cleaning
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

When did you start working for College Pro and in what role?
I signed up to run a College Pro Painting Franchise in the fall of 2005 and ran my painting franchise for the first time in the summer of 2006.

Painting the exterior of your home is a great investment. A fresh coat of colour will improve the look of your property as well as help protect your home from daily wear and tear. And while you could tackle this task yourself, the odds are stacked against you. Residential painting is no easy task – from cleaning and prepping to scaffolding and edging, the average handyman simply doesn’t have the working knowledge necessary to complete the job quickly and with minimal mistakes. Experts at College Pro Painters, a student painting company that, since 1971, has been painting homes in communities across the US and Canada, offers the following five things for you to consider before you decide to tackle your next exterior house painting project yourself.

Production Season at College Pro Painters

Early June is one of the busier times in the season for a College Pro Painters Franchisee.  At this point, along with help from your painters,you will be booking and producing work simultaneously. At this point [early June] in the season, your painters should be fully trained and able to work independently. Of course,it’s smart to check in from time to time and see that everything is on track. College Pro Painters will help you distribute flyers in your target markets and coach you through the various transitions of your business term – all while holding you accountable to your weekly and year end goals.

By: Jeremy Welik

I first heard of College Pro two years ago, when a representative walked into my entrepreneurship class at McGill University. I was initially skeptical of this student job offering, but was also intrigued and eager to learn more about it. At the time, I was working on and off as a busboy at a local restaurant and, needless to say, hated my job. As the semester moved forward, procrastination took over and my College Pro Painters’ interest was put on hold.

By: Kristy Nieboer, Media & Marketing Intern

 

After reading the Globe and Mail article “Why Canada’s Youth Are Losing Hope For The Future”, it became evident that today’s students will have a very difficult time finding jobs in their desired fields after they finish school. In addition to the changes in the economy, and the decreasing number of jobs, there is an increasing number of graduates each year, making the competition for work very aggressive. As is, students struggle to find summer jobs (including part-time) in their field of study.

 

By: Kristy Nieboer, Media & Marketing Intern

 

College Pro - Friendships that go beyond the Business

 

Harry Seaton (Franchisee in Thunder Bay, ON) and myself at a mid-summer College Pro event… Harry is ‘dressed to impress’.

As College Pro’s first ever Media & Marketing Intern, I have had the chance to witness the incredible relationships between College Pro Franchisees and their managers, as well as develop similar relationships with my managers. The relationships I am speaking of are different than any relationship I have had with employers in the past – I would use words such as mentor, coach, and supervisor to describe College Pro’s management/employee relationships.