While the world was anticipating that either Sanguine Sage or Tropical Nirvana would take the stage as Color of the Year, a clerical error shoved Catastrophic Cantaloupe into the limelight. The major paint manufacturer behind the error decided to run with it, hoping for the best. Read More
As 2017 comes to an end, I am also wrapping up my 8th year using the Apple iPhone. Besides marketing services, I spend a lot of time helping and recommending apps and software to my painting clients that make them more productive in both the field and their office spaces.
Below you will find the ones I used the most in 2017 and why I liked them. Read More
Washington, D.C. – The nation’s highest court has finally handed down a verdict in the spectacular Deere v. Moore case. The dispute centers around which type of contractor – landscapers or painters – has the right to install Christmas lights on the nation’s homes.
This high-voltage lawsuit began 5 years ago in suburban Virginia when Fine-N-Dandy Landscaping employees were installing icicle-lights on a two-story colonial brick home outside Alexandria. Halfway through the project, they saw estimators from Fine Coats Painting talking with the neighbors, gesturing towards the roofline.
I have been a fan of Base CRM ever since they came out with their first iPhone app, 6 or 7 years ago. I became an early adapter of Base CRM and focused on using it for my own business. They have done one of the best jobs since day one making their mobile apps act similar to their desktop version. This makes it much easier for the techie and non-techie to learn and use. Read More
DES MOINES, IA – Emergency crews were summoned to the scene of a tragic accident last Saturday, when Frank VanDosten opened a supply closet in his painting company headquarters. An avalanche of partially-used rolls of painters tape cascaded upon him, trapping the unwitting company owner under its crushing mass. Read More
BOULDER, CO – With the legalization of recreational marijuana, one Boulder painting company is monopolizing on a new color palette. Russ Hopkins has found success in mixing his own paints, using hemp oil as a base. “It’s certainly been a joint effort. I mean, I can’t toke all the credit here.”
Russ spoke about the budding new industry: “They’ve got marijuana everything out here. Cookies, candy bars…even pacifiers.” We fact-checked his last statement. They do not, in fact, have marijuana pacifiers.
Russ gathers his staff around to discuss the latest colors. “With the older folks, the classics have always been Ganja Green, Bongin’ Blue, and Mellow Yellow. Today, we’re rolling out a new series. We’ve got ‘I’m Going Acoustic,’ ‘Chips, Please’ and ‘This Was a Mistake.’ We think these’ll be a big hit with the younger crowd.”
Staff Painters Kyle and Moon grab three cans of “I’m Going Acoustic” and set out to paint a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment that houses fourteen local grad students.
Russ eyes his new colors with pride. “If things keep growing like this on the painting side of things, I might have to expand into green construction!”
I wrote about CompanyCam in more detail in the post: Is CompanyCam Good For Painters a few months back. In short, CompanyCam is a simple app used to take photos of projects, collaborate about the photos and have one place where all your photos can be stored and organized by job name. It is very easy to use. One of the key features of CompanyCam is how it helps to geo-target the location of the project. You can read more about that in my product review. Read More
SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND – “I want to show you something,” says Stanley Firth, staff painter at Kingston Interiors. He approaches a mahogany bookshelf in the company office and pulls out a leather-bound copy of Dickens. The shelf slides to reveal a hidden room. Read More
FLORIDA, MO – After reading Mark Twain’s classic novel in his sophomore English class, Sam Clement (18) thought he had developed the perfect business model. Straight out of high school, Clement opened a painting company. And what was his brilliant plan? He didn’t hire any painters!
Today’s post is more of a journal entry about my visit to Basecamp:
My customers know how big of a fan I am of the popular project management software, Basecamp. They know I use it and push them to use it all the time. It is simply an excellent tool for contractors to use to communicate with each other and for management and staff to check in on their teams. Read More