Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

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How long has Student Works been around and are they affiliated with any organizations?

Since 1991. We are members of the BBB throughout Western Canada, all painters are covered by various provincial WCBs, and we are one of two National Sponsors of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

How do you select franchisees?

Many of our franchisees return for second, third or fourth years of running their business. They are also encouraged to refer their painters or any friends who they think will benefit from a summer of learning how to run a business.

Studentworks recruits out of all the major universities in Western Canada and interview thousands of students each year before we select the few who we think will fit in to the SWP family and be capable of the challenges of a busy summer.

What is my son's or daughter's initial investment?

Expectations are set that the average franchisee will spend roughly $1000 in the pre-season (February to May) on marketing, mobile phone and vehicle expenses. All franchisees need access to a vehicle by February 15th and full time access to one by their production start after exams are over.

No money is paid to SWP at any time during the preseason. We don’t start to cover our costs until production begins in May.

What are the risks or costs associated with any property damage that might occur?

All SWP franchisees are covered by $5,000,000 in liability insurance. The franchisee portion of the deductible is $3,000.

Is there a chance of failure?

Of course. It’s business!

Statistics show that 56% of businesses in Canada fail within the first four years (according to the Small Business Association). Not so with franchise businesses however, where the fail rate is a mere 10%.

If one works hard, follows our system, and uses the support that SWP provides they will be successful. In fact, SWP doesn’t come close to breaking even with a franchisee until the midway point of the summer. We have to do whatever possible to make our people successful!

What does Student Works provide?

Forms, systems, business kit, lines of credit at paint suppliers, experience, a proven name in the industry since 1991, insurance, payroll service, government remittances, business training, paint training, safety training, and most of all:

a District Manager who has done it all before and will stop at nothing to help!

What kind of summer might my son or daughter expect?

A busy one. A stressful one. A rewarding one!

Running a business is not easy but then again most things worth doing aren’t. The idea behind Student Works was to create an opportunity to learn more about business and life in one summer than previously possible. It’s an opportunity to make money but more so, it’s an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to get experience that will vault the best students ahead of their peers.

A selection of video interviews with parents of Student Work Operators. See what they have to say about their

  • initial concerns
  • perspective on their daughter’s or son’s experience with running a SWP business

We know You have Questions

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.

Ultimate Business Experience

Student Works is in the business of developing leaders. 1000s of motivated students have taken up the challenge of a summer under the Student Works umbrella.

Summer Earnings

Actual Business Plans reflecting a financial range from acceptable performance to more aggressive plans for Your student run summer business.

Business Questions

Learn from the thousands that have gone before you. Like you, they were university students with the desire to stand above the crowd and to lay the foundations for their future.

Profiles of Success

StudentWorks Alumni are extremely successful, involved in exciting opportunities around the globe, in roles of leadership, earning income levels above peers; at younger ages than most.

Be A Business Leader

Student Works is in the business of creating leaders by recruiting, training and coaching the best students across Canada

Student Works Painting has created many successful Canadian business leaders while providing summer employment for students

Previous Operators Speak

I’m Not In This By Myself

Went to the first payroll event and talked with other rookies and realized, we’re all going through the same thing, I’m not in this by myself. Suggests to go to the payroll events and make friends with other operators.

Adam, Vancouver

Challenging, Family, Sacrifice

biggest challenge was overcoming fear of rejection

Trial, Failure, Success

take advantage of the knowledge of others