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Operations Survey: Employee Head Count

Company size is fluid; painting companies often grow in the summer and shrink in the winter. All 401 participants responded to the question of company size, with 21% reporting they were the only person at their company. Nearly 60% reported that the company was “just me” or had five or fewer employees, while a quarter stated they had from six-20 employees. The nine largest companies in our survey provide employment for over 100. 

Operations Survey: Revenue Projections

For many, revenue takes a hit...

This century’s 20s came in with a roar, and then things changed quickly as coronavirus took the lion’s share of the attention. It resulted in a huge change in this category from our 2018 statistics, with less than half of our respondents telling us that they were seeing an upturn in revenue for the year, while a third of our contractors said they saw either a small or major downturn. In 2018, 70% reported an increase in revenue.

2021 Advisory Board

As we switch over to our 2021 calendars, we want to make sure we continue to bring you the most relevant, up-to-date information, just 'as we have done for the past 97 years. APC relies on painting contractors just like you for content and collaboration that keeps us in that ever growing loop. The members of the 2021 APC Advisory Board are here to help us along, to make sure we stay on top of the painting world and help us dive into issues, products and topics that matter to you the most. Other industry experts on our board include Joe Dellafave (Benjamin Moore) Peter Lawton (LeadSMART Training), Jason Lunn (3M), and Jeff Winter (Sherwin-Williams). We thank them for fitting us into their already busy schedules!

 

 

Operations Survey: Serving the Market

This came out largely as you might expect; the biggest markets served are residential repaint, followed by high-end residential repaint, then commercial, cabinet refinishing and new construction. A lot of painters are finding innovative ways to add services beyond "conventional" painting or beyond painting entirely, such as odd jobs, sandblasting and general repair.

Contract Worker or Employee?

No one can tell by looking – is that painter an employee or a sub? And what if they’re being treated as one type, but legally should be classified as the other?

Last week, the Department of Labor issued a new Final Rule to distinguish between the two.

The rule, issued January 6, included the following clarifications:

Stay Flu Free This Winter

As COVID continues to make headline news with record cases there's one virus that has taken the back seat (but is still very much so infecting and killing). The seasonal flu! Between 2019-2020 the flu killed between 24,000 and 62,000 Americans alone, and up to 740,000 were hospitalized with the flu during that time. In preperation for 2021 there are194-198 million doses of flu vacines ready for arms. The worry is that because it's not top-of-mind, experts are concerned the flu vacine may be over looked by many.

Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday Is Here!

Turkey Day has come and gone, the shopping has commenced! It's time to save big on painting products! Here are some great deals for you! Save on drying racks, learn about a new faux finish, take half off of tech solutions and save $40 on Contractor Tech Fest registrations.

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Caulking: A Little Is Enough

Caulking application is one of those necessary skills that experienced painters sometimes take for granted. You just do it, and you do it right. You expect that it should be that easy for everyone, but often it isn’t. 

I haven’t seen many newbies come along with a natural aptitude for caulking, so we have to remember to train for this prep skill in our companies. It is a skill that every painter needs to master.

Mission: Vacation - Towards a Higher Hiring Purpose

A focus on your hiring process can bring that vacation time even closer


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