The preseason is an important time for you. The effort you put into your weekends now lays the foundation for your summer success.
Focus totally on school during the week so you can free up your weekends.
At your business planning meeting with your District Manager (DM),
- you break down the next few months into weekly goals
- based on your schedule
- based upon the success you want to achieve
You have a clear idea of what you need to do each week in the preseason. The typical person averages 12-18 hours per week in the preseason, plus a full week of work during your spring/winter break.
Goal #1 – Recruiting
The goal with preseason recruiting is to hire 8 to 12 of the best people, usually other students, you can find to paint for you. Accomplished through;
- putting up posters,
- classified ads,
- internet advertising
- active recruiting around campus
You are looking for people with great attitudes. Painting experience is an asset but not essential.
Goal #2 – Hands On
Let as many home owners in your exclusive area know you are open for business by;
- dropping flyers
- personalized letters
- knocking on doors
- putting up lawn signs
- making phone calls
It’s a numbers game – How may leads can you get?
More leads = more estimates = more jobs = more $$$ in your pocket
Goal #3 – Sales
Do enough estimates so that at least 15-20 home owners give you the go ahead to paint during the summer months.
These preseason sales represent about 40% of your summer total. First, you estimate how much it will cost a client to have you paint their home (thoroughly taught at training and in the field with a District Manager). Second, you sit down with the client and:
- Outline that you offer the best painting value in the area
- Explain your personal commitment
- Try to sign the job using sales techniques you have learned
Goal #4 – Tracking
Access Simon (the Student Works database) weekly if not daily to track;
- profitability statistics
throughout preseason and summer.
You will also find a plethora of forms, the company newsletter and a whole host of other business tools.
Studentworks are experts at helping students organize their time such that school is in no way affected. In fact, many students report better grades with the increased organization provided by the Student Works coach. It is around this time that you will pick up flyers, lawn signs, business cards and other advertising materials to market your business.
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Previous Operators Speak
Anyone can paint but not everyone can be a painter, so when hiring I learned to look for people with a good work ethic and interest in doing well rather then people who have painted before.
Facing unforeseen challenges and coping with culminating stressors can be rather unpleasant. However through hard work and dedication, I can truly say that this job has greatly enhanced my understanding of how to run a profitable business.