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Paint Polls Results: Early Retirement

8 April, 2021

Last week we asked painters, if you could sell your business tomorrow for 4x your 2020 profit, would you? Here are their responses...
Oh and be sure to fill out this week's poll, what brand of sprayer do you use? 

Check out some of the comments about selling...

  • This opinion is entirely my own however I believe it is shared by many in the painting trade. If a painting contractor could sell their business for 4x their 2020 profit and not look back, then the painting trade might not have ever meant much to them in the first place. I know this poll is a hypothetical question but it is actually rare to see a painting business sell. It takes a lot out of you to build a good business to call your own. I would have a tough time selling my business because I couldn't be sure the new owner would give my customers the same professional and honest service I give them. 46 years in the painting business and looking forward to number 47!
  • I'm 67, hubby is 68. Yes, please.

Check out last week's results for, Employee Training

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If cost and liability were not an issue, what's your one must-have at the company picnic?

Paintball Feld
39%
Axe Throwing
30%
10-Foot Nacho Trough
12%
Potato Salad
19%

Dang it's hot! Does your work vehicle have an orange water cooler?

Yes
22%
No
43%
It's not orange
35%

Did you work for a painting contractor prior to owning your company?

Yes
61%
No
39%

Why haven't you hired a business coach?

Not worth the money
30%
Too difficult to find a good one
19%
I don't need one
30%
I did hire one!
22%

Has OSHA ever inspected your jobsite?

Yes
53%
No
48%

Who Buys the Paint Brushes?

We do...the company
69%
Our painters buy their own
31%

What's the most paint you've ever spilled?

Brush-full
12%
Gallon
54%
5 Gallons
23%
An Ungodly Amount
11%

Did you take a week-long (or longer) vacation this summer?

Yes
45%
No
44%
Not yet, but I'm gonna
11%

If you had to rename your company one of the following, which would it be?

Flapjack Painting
19%
Porkchop Painting
7%
Half Slab Painting
10%
Whole Hog Painting
64%

You meet someone new, and they ask what you do. What do you say?

I'm a painter
12%
I'm a contractor
5%
I'm a painting contractor
52%
I own a painting business
31%

On the job site, my painters mostly listen to...

Classic Rock
29%
Country
10%
Hip Hop
4%
Who knows. They got headphones
56%

Which social media platform is most effective for marketing your business?

Facebook
34%
Instagram
11%
LinkedIn
6%
I don't use one
49%

What do you drive for work?

Pickup Truck
51%
Van
28%
SUV
13%
Other
9%

How long ago did you redesign your company hat?

Choices

Do you have a spray booth?

Choices

If you've bought a used sprayer, was it a good decision?

Choices

Will your crews be working the week between Christmas and New Years?

Choices

Do you accept credit card payments from customers?

Choices

Will you be giving end-of-year bonuses (not gifts) this year?

Choices
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