By: College Pro Entrepreneur, Team Prairies

 

This week I experienced one of the most intense estimates I have ever gone to. I didn’t just leave behind a quote, but I felt like I left an impact.

A Humbling Estimate - College ProThe homeowner didn’t leave behind a name and number for me to callback; she left with me a humbled opinion of the people that occupy this planet. I find it astonishing how someone can walk into a stranger’s home, have a conversation, share a heart to heart, and even cry together. I left feeling like I learned so much from her; I learned the importance of independence, the importance of being who you are, and to learn and understand what respect means.

Brian Kellner

Brian with a child on Superhero day at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

 I am a College Pro Window Cleaning franchisee in Andover-Anoka, MN.

With the knowledge I’ve learned through College Pro and our Entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas we started a business to help children with cancer. It is a one-for-one program selling hats. For every hat we sell, we give one to a child battling cancer.

To date, we have sold and donated over 1,200 hats across the United States.

If you’ve got the means, help us spread the word.

By: Jeremy W., College Pro Entrepreneur

Why go with College Pro for an estimate NOW -  Support a Student

College Pro crew poses with their happy customer.

As a College Pro Franchisee, we are responsible for the entire operation. From managing painters to providing free estimates, the expectations are set very high for us.  We are all passionate in what we do and hope that College Pro will be a great experience. We need your help to make that happen! It’s tough to manage both school and running a business so any help is greatly appreciated.

By: Joseph Wise

My College Pro Painters Experience - Values & Integrity

Picture this: snow up to the cuff of your boots, drenched socks, wind cutting through your jacket, licking the tip of your pen to keep it writing as the sun goes down over the horizon while you wonder if you should have brought a head lamp. This was the scene as I finished up the back wall of my first estimate for College Pro Painters. I hoped the homeowner didn’t see me going to the sides of the house I had already spent half of an hour on to add up a few more trim boards, or that they hadn’t been near a window when all of my papers fell out of my binder and into the wind. Through the nerves, blistering cold, and waning daylight I remembered I was here on my own accord. I was here because I wanted to be here, and, just then, my runny nose and numb fingers weren’t so troublesome. I was doing something for myself, an opportunity that College Pro and very few other established companies can offer.

College Pro Franchisees - What doubts did you have in your Interview Process

Quick thoughts from 5 of our 130 President’s Award Winners in 2012.

“I wondered where I was going to get start-up money. I was pretty confident that I would make it back, but I didn’t know where I would get it. I lived at home, which was lucky, but even having cash flow through the process was tricky – that was a doubt. I had supportive parents, they lent me money and I paid them back.”

Alanna Toogood, franchisee

By: Rachel Lyda

College_Pro_How_it_helps_you_get_your_Dream_Job

Everyone grows up with a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. As a rather free spirited and spontaneous child, I changed my mind periodically about what that dream job was going to be for me. It went from being an animator for Disney, to a trapeze artist in the circus, to a veterinarian and CSI detective. As I grew older, in high school, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do but I had narrowed it down to something having to do with business administration and communication.

By: Joseph Wise
Upper Midwest Franchise Owner

 

College Pro Painters - The BeginningsAnother summer was fast approaching in 2010, and the idea of tracking myself on the retail monotony rail wasn’t as lucrative, or vocationally appealing, as it was in high school. I needed something that offered more in a summer job, something that wouldn’t only challenge me on a daily basis, but would also reward me for putting in the hard hours. I remembered a friend of mine who used to work with me in the retail world saying he now worked for someone who ran a painting company in the Minneapolis suburbs. He got to work outdoors, and not under fluorescent lighting, and he formed a tightly knit bond with his fellow painters. Having never experienced the manual labor field, I thought trying something new for a summer job would be a refreshing change. My mind was full of illusions of days spent in the sun, working on a team that takes a tired house and transforms it into a glimmering example of the difference a good paint job can make to a home.

By: Matt X

 

House painting can be both enriching and fun…if you know what you are doing. When you take matters into your own hands and start those brush strokes, it helps to have a plan of action and to know the basics of exterior painting. Luckily, College Pro Painters has a few good tips to make it all work smoothly for you.

 

5 Painting Tips from College Pro Painters

 

The benefits of painting your home, Tips from College Pro Painters

 

Learn some Tricks of the Trade:

Everyone knows white is the “safest” color—especially if you are selling your home. But, color can enhance a home, and is worth the risk of venturing beyond white. Color can make your home look its best by:

  • Drawing a house closer to the street or making it appear farther back.
  • Attracting the eye to the front door to create a welcoming feeling.
  • Enhancing architectural detail or downplaying flaws.
  • Creating the appearance of architectural details that aren’t there.
  • Making your home appear larger, cozier, more stately or more summery and bright.

 

First off, before undertaking any paint job, you want to ensure that you have all the proper materials to complete the task at hand. Here are some essential items that College Pro Painters utilizes when painting your home: trash bags, painter’s tape, caution tape, drop cloths, screw driver, hammer, rags, ladders, vacuum, scrapers, utility knife, priming brushes, siding brushes, trim brushes, primer, and paint.

 

When you start the job you want to make sure that you have all your materials on hand and laid out for easy access. You may end up wasting time if you don’t have all of your materials and if they are disorganized to where you can’t find things easily.

By: Jeremy W., College Pro Entrepreneur

Why go with College Pro for an estimate NOW -  Support a Student

College Pro crew poses with their happy customer.

As a College Pro Franchisee, we are responsible for the entire operation. From managing painters to providing free estimates, the expectations are set very high for us.  We are all passionate in what we do and hope that College Pro will be a great experience. We need your help to make that happen! It’s tough to manage both school and running a business so any help is greatly appreciated.

By: Joseph Wise

My College Pro Painters Experience - Values & Integrity

Picture this: snow up to the cuff of your boots, drenched socks, wind cutting through your jacket, licking the tip of your pen to keep it writing as the sun goes down over the horizon while you wonder if you should have brought a head lamp. This was the scene as I finished up the back wall of my first estimate for College Pro Painters. I hoped the homeowner didn’t see me going to the sides of the house I had already spent half of an hour on to add up a few more trim boards, or that they hadn’t been near a window when all of my papers fell out of my binder and into the wind. Through the nerves, blistering cold, and waning daylight I remembered I was here on my own accord. I was here because I wanted to be here, and, just then, my runny nose and numb fingers weren’t so troublesome. I was doing something for myself, an opportunity that College Pro and very few other established companies can offer.

College Pro Franchisees - What doubts did you have in your Interview Process

Quick thoughts from 5 of our 130 President’s Award Winners in 2012.

“I wondered where I was going to get start-up money. I was pretty confident that I would make it back, but I didn’t know where I would get it. I lived at home, which was lucky, but even having cash flow through the process was tricky – that was a doubt. I had supportive parents, they lent me money and I paid them back.”

Alanna Toogood, franchisee

By: Rachel Lyda

College_Pro_How_it_helps_you_get_your_Dream_Job

Everyone grows up with a dream of what they want to be when they grow up. As a rather free spirited and spontaneous child, I changed my mind periodically about what that dream job was going to be for me. It went from being an animator for Disney, to a trapeze artist in the circus, to a veterinarian and CSI detective. As I grew older, in high school, I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do but I had narrowed it down to something having to do with business administration and communication.