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.

The following year I decided enough was enough. As an aspiring student entrepreneur, I knew that I needed some sort of business management experience, and owning and operating my own College Pro Painters franchise seemed like a great starting point.  Fast forward to now, and I have completed my first summer running my own franchise, and, going into my second year, I can confidently say that this was the best decision I could have made. The only regret I could say I have is not starting a year earlier.

There is only so much you can learn sitting in a classroom. The only way to truly gain the knowledge you need to run your own business is to go out and experience it first hand. College Pro offers student entrepreneurs the unique ability to start and operate their own painting franchise, working independently and making their own decisions. The knowledge I have acquired and skills I have developed in such a short time period have given me the confidence to know that I have what it takes to run my own business. Furthermore, College Pro has provided me with proper mentorship that has helped me since the beginning, yet has allowed me to make my own decisions and learn from my own mistakes.

I believe student entrepreneurs everywhere should consider the option of owning and operating their own College Pro franchise, and jumping head first into the entrepreneurial world. The very real and hands on experience I have gained as a student franchisee has not only helped me develop my skills as a business manager, but also exposed the entrepreneurial qualities I instinctively carry that will help me flourish in the future.

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