By: Jeremy Welik, 2nd Year College Pro Entrepreneur

 

 

My College Pro Experience - Dealing with HardshipRunning your own business comes with hardship. That is simply a fact.  Some hardship can be avoided; however, it is impossible to anticipate all the challenges that may come up.  Generating leads, giving estimates, booking work and producing that work is essentially what we do. These four areas depend on each other, and, in a perfect world, we want those areas to run smoothly. The reality is that, at any time, one or several of these areas can hit road blocks. For example, trying to give estimates in 30 centimeters of snow in the middle of February is naturally going be difficult.  Many homeowners will tell you to come back in April or May. This type of challenge is expected but then sometimes April rolls around and you haven’t booked a job for two weeks straight, two of your marketers have quit, and production season is right around the corner. What do you do in this situation?

By: Harbaksh Sehkon – College Pro Entrepreneur, Calgary AB

You might ask “Why is College Pro worth the hard work?” I’ll tell you my reasoning behind it, beware it is not necessarily the same reason that many young entrepreneurs across North America choose, but some might agree with it. I want to be Why is College Pro Worth the Hard Workindependent.

Independence is not given, it is earned. It involves a lot of self-sacrifice and determination to gain; however, by independence, I seek financial independence. So that I may forge my own path in the coming years, without having to rely upon the aid of various benefactors I have had through my life. I feel it is now time to strike out on my own into this brave new world.

By: Reilly Steere, 1st Year College Pro Entrepreneur

Having a vehicle was not new to me, and getting a second van that was almost identical to the one I had stolen from me wasn’t particularly exciting, aside from the advantages of not having to rely on public Transit for everything.

This week, however, transformed that same vehicle into something new. I assembled all my painting gear for the summer; strapped my ladders on to the top of my vehicle, organized all my painting supplies and placed my new pressure washer (complete with two 50ft hoses) in the back. Then, getting back behind the wheel to the smell of gasoline in the interior, and the sight of my ladders balanced (seemingly) precariously off the roof, it had become that something new: my production vehicle.

By: Stephen Robinson – College Pro Entrepreneur, Edmonton AB

The Robinson Paint Enterprise Chronicles - College ProMay 5, 2013 – This week has been one of the most emotionally conflicting weeks of my College Pro Experience so far. Bookings have been wonderful, but the painter retention has not. I’m going into the summer with a large amount of work to produce, and not a whole heck of a lot of people to do it. That being said, I’m feeling pretty good about the people I’ve hired, and I’m looking forward to training their butts off in the next week. I would say that the stress level is at a delta gamma level, not that that is an accurate measurement by societies’ standards, but that’s how I’m feeling right now.

By: Jeremy Welik

Why choose College Pro. The Basic Life Skills – Finance

School is not the real world.  It is most certainly a crucial component to one’s growth from adolescence to adulthood; however, theory can only take you so far. What we learn in school can often be associated with real life, but, unless you experience it first hand, the understanding won’t be complete. College Pro Painters allows you the opportunity to get a first hand outlook on the world. From dealing with customers, to organizing your schedule, to hiring employees, College Pro Painters gives you a chance to learn and do. Furthermore, through your experience you will learn basic life skills that are for some reason not covered in school.  Things like, personal accounting and finance, or priority management.  These are key components of the College Pro process and will continue to be important in whatever you decide to pursue moving forward.

By: Graham Kennelly – College Pro Entrepreneur in Calgary, Alberta

 

The Skills I Learned as an Entrepreneur with College Pro Painters

I graduated high school in 2008, the year of the worst economic downturn in history. Post-secondary education seemed like the only way to secure a future career, in order to achieve the financial goals that I’ve always dreamed about. I had no idea what I wanted to study, but decided to jump right in like the rest of my friends.

By: Patrick Whynot – College Pro Entrepreneur in Calgary, Alberta

Tips from College Pro Painters

The most important thing in any service is trust. We are dealing with the customer’s most valuable asset, and it is imperative they feel confident that they will receive results they are proud of. College Pro Painters emphasizes the importance of this through the use of the ‘trust triangle’. This triangle has 3 components which are the basis for my sales and business.

 

In demonstrating paint product and application knowledge I am able to show the client my Competence which gives peace of mind.

By:  Jennifer Panek-Christie, College Pro Franchisee in Calgary, Alberta

 

What to look for when choosing a paint contractor. Tips from College Pro Painters.Painting your home can cost thousands of dollars; a good paint job can save you thousands in the long run, but a poor paint job can cost you needless headaches and premature repaint needs. With such a large and competitive market out there, homeowners can find it difficult to make the right choice. College Pro Painters outlines 3 key things you should look for in a paint contractor so that you can feel at ease that your needs will be taken care of.

 

Being a university student, I needed to find a summer job to help pay for my tuition the following year. I started looking for work on the university bulletin where I saw an ad for College Pro Painters. I’ve always been a hands-on kind of guy so I thought I’d apply for the College Pro position. I got a call from them a few days later inviting me in for an info session. After talking about the position in more detail, I was excited to continue in the interview process. I had never worked with College Pro Painters before, but had heard positive things from a couple friends on campus.

College ProCollege Pro sat down with one of College Pro Painters most successful entrepreneurs Leighton Healey to find out what has made him flourish into a great entrepreneur.
 
Name: Leighton
Current Position: Business Manager Alberta
Location: Alberta, Canada
 
When did you start working for College Pro and in what role?
I started with College Pro in 2006 as a Franchisee, recommended by my brother’s friend Ryan who was a Franchisee at the time.
 
What were your prior job experiences?
Prior to College Pro, my previous Job experiences included working as a mentor for young men struggling with drug and sexual addictions, as a consultant with several Campus groups (building sponsorship networks, by-laws, board governance, effective meetings), tree planting in the nether-reaches of Northern AB and BC, working as a farm Laborer, camp counselor, construction worker, musician and running the gas station behind my house in Saskatchewan.
 
What is the most important lesson you have learned with College Pro?
I have learned to dedicate myself to life-long learning, and that investing in people is always your best investment.
 
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
The constant growth and challenge. The autonomy. The task and responsibility of impacting the future of leadership. The variety — wearing multiple hats throughout the day, so to speak.
 
What is a typical job day like for you?
It varies. I am up early reading and exercising, then in coaching meetings, doing administrative work, dealing with conflict or legal items, brainstorming for conference calls with entrepreneurs, submitting scripts for radio ads, helping an entrepreneur build a plan to keep his business going while in Nigeria for a month, interviewing two potential candidates, responding to 40–60 emails per day, confirming the 11 upcoming Trade Shows, drafting a monthly newsletter, drafting the outline of a weekend Training session in 4 weeks, working with a partnership business with serious financial problems, and finishing building an 8-month operations trend, planning four events with our sister company to spark close ties before our five-day house boating trip with 70 People.
 
Honestly, that was today.
 
What skills are most necessary to succeed in your position?
The most important skills are passion, tenacity, the desire to see something grow, resourcefulness, adaptability, high fundamental, high capacity, openness, fast learning, creativity, vision, a deep desire to make a difference, good ol’ fashioned work ethic, and just being an Entrepreneur at heart.
 
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by my desire to do my very best with the life, body and skills that God has entrusted me with. I am inspired by those I lead, and to be the type of leader that I would want to follow. I am inspired by great leaders that have come before me — I read extensively, from literature about generals and rebels to corporate greats. I prefer to seek wisdom from their examples.
 
What advice would you give to someone hoping to work for College Pro?
Ask yourself, am I willing to strive to be remarkable? Am I truly interested in fundamentally changing? Am I interested in having the ceiling torn off what I have previously considered to be hard work? Do my values and passions align with this organization? Do I believe in what they are trying to accomplish? Am I looking for a job or a cause — if the latter, perhaps College Pro. My advice would be to take the plunge, life is short and the most common deathbed regret is not taking enough risks. Entrepreneurs take calculated risks, not aimless gambles. College Pro has a rich history of holding people up to the flame of their weaknesses and walking with them hand in hand as they refine their skills and their character. Then I would call a dozen College Pro people and get a feel for the culture because it is unique, and the backbone of what we do.
 
What is your best story related to College Pro? For example, what is your funniest College Pro memory, greatest achievement on the job?
I have taken an incredible wealth of stories from College Pro; a plethora of hilarious stories and some of my most memorable success stories — of those I lead and those of my own. Some of the funniest memories that come to mind include a heroic and surprisingly life rescue, an explosion and a House boating memory.
 
My first year in College Pro wisdom was not among my attributes. We thought it would be fun to try surfing on top of a production van while travelling down a gravel road, me and two other franchisees. As we careened up and down and through the winding back roads, we all nearly fell to our deaths when our driver, who will remain un-named, stopped all of a sudden. Once we collected ourselves we realized the reason we stopped was because the car ahead of us carrying our fearless leader, the General Manager at the time, had nearly slid off an embankment and was teetering like in a movie over the edge of a cliff with several Franchisees inside! (This might get censored!). As good resourceful entrepreneurs we sprung into action and within the matter of an hour we had constructed a small bridge from the rocks and logs in the area under the freely hanging portion of the car, levelling out and rolling it back to safety.
 
The greatest successes I have had have been in leading and coaching entrepreneurs. Too many to name but I would say that the most rewarding are when you see problems and challenges thought to be impossible to resolve, resolved and success achieved. It is so rewarding to sit back and see the people you lead raise their hands in victory.
 
In your opinion, why is College Pro a great place to work?
College Pro is a great place to work because of its people, its purpose and its commitment to constant development. It truly is a unique world to be part of. We are not without our flaws, but we have something very good at College Pro, something of which I am proud to be a part.
 

By: Reilly Steere, 1st Year College Pro Entrepreneur

Having a vehicle was not new to me, and getting a second van that was almost identical to the one I had stolen from me wasn’t particularly exciting, aside from the advantages of not having to rely on public Transit for everything.

This week, however, transformed that same vehicle into something new. I assembled all my painting gear for the summer; strapped my ladders on to the top of my vehicle, organized all my painting supplies and placed my new pressure washer (complete with two 50ft hoses) in the back. Then, getting back behind the wheel to the smell of gasoline in the interior, and the sight of my ladders balanced (seemingly) precariously off the roof, it had become that something new: my production vehicle.

By: Stephen Robinson – College Pro Entrepreneur, Edmonton AB

The Robinson Paint Enterprise Chronicles - College ProMay 5, 2013 – This week has been one of the most emotionally conflicting weeks of my College Pro Experience so far. Bookings have been wonderful, but the painter retention has not. I’m going into the summer with a large amount of work to produce, and not a whole heck of a lot of people to do it. That being said, I’m feeling pretty good about the people I’ve hired, and I’m looking forward to training their butts off in the next week. I would say that the stress level is at a delta gamma level, not that that is an accurate measurement by societies’ standards, but that’s how I’m feeling right now.

By: Jeremy Welik

Why choose College Pro. The Basic Life Skills – Finance

School is not the real world.  It is most certainly a crucial component to one’s growth from adolescence to adulthood; however, theory can only take you so far. What we learn in school can often be associated with real life, but, unless you experience it first hand, the understanding won’t be complete. College Pro Painters allows you the opportunity to get a first hand outlook on the world. From dealing with customers, to organizing your schedule, to hiring employees, College Pro Painters gives you a chance to learn and do. Furthermore, through your experience you will learn basic life skills that are for some reason not covered in school.  Things like, personal accounting and finance, or priority management.  These are key components of the College Pro process and will continue to be important in whatever you decide to pursue moving forward.

By: Graham Kennelly – College Pro Entrepreneur in Calgary, Alberta

 

The Skills I Learned as an Entrepreneur with College Pro Painters

I graduated high school in 2008, the year of the worst economic downturn in history. Post-secondary education seemed like the only way to secure a future career, in order to achieve the financial goals that I’ve always dreamed about. I had no idea what I wanted to study, but decided to jump right in like the rest of my friends.