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The Business Brush returns live this week with a new session from the field. Nick hosts a Facebook Live chat with Nick Slavik and Jason Paris. They sit outside your host’s hotel and talk about how to hire, how to make spreadsheets work for you while you eat your cereal and how they’ll expand on these topic more intensely at Crank November 7-9.
On this week’s Business Brush, Nick comes to you live, recorded over the summer and brought to you now, from New Prague, Minnesota on a jobsite with Nick Slavik. Nick gets a live look at Slavik’s operation, and the Nicks answer questions together about how they each think a painting business is best run.
This week on the Business Brush, Nick welcomes Mike Mundwiller back to answer questions from real painters out in the field. Mundwiller has worked for Benjamin Moore for almost 30 years, and he has 30 years of paint wisdom for those who seek it.
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Happy Fourth, Painters. This week on the Business Brush, Nick chats with John Shearer, the Fine Paints of Europe Master certified principal of Shearer Painting in Seattle. Shearer tells the story of how he found, stopped and returned to painting and shares obscure regional paint trivia.
This week on the Business Brush, Nick sits down with Mark Lipton of Tremont Paint the 112-year-old New York paint store founded by his great-grandfather. He likes to say he’s been in the business full-time for 31 years, but he never new a life without the paint store. In addition to running those stores, Lipton spent more than 20 years as a contributing columnist for Paint Dealer Magazine and now blogs and podcasts under the title Mark My Words.
This week on the Brush, Nick shoots the breeze with Ryan Amato, the Pennsylvania painter behind Amato Painting. Amato comes from a painting family, from his great grandfather, to his father to his siblings, everybody painted.
Amato talks about growing up in a family business and how he chose to limit his kids’ time in his own company, and how he collects leads on Linkedin. Nick and Amato share theory about how best to hire and allocate talent, especially millennial painters.
Yet again, you’ve found the Business Brush. Today, Nick chats with Shane Woods of Custom Paint Works. Shane is a long-time painter who has learned and relearned to be a painter. Woods talks about his struggles as a business owner, especially in negotiating pricing, and about how he could improve.
Welcome back to the Business Brush. Nick is starting this week with a chat with Tom Lopatosky, the home improvement guru. Lopatosky found painting as a college kid with a drive to succeed in whatever he had in front of him, and he’s grown that into LOPCO Contracting, a company that doesn’t just paint but also does carpentry, windows and restorations.
Today on the Business Brush, Nick sits down with Mike McGrath of 1-800-Paint Job to talk about how painters can build their own businesses to in the shape that best serves their lives. Business owners hear there’s things they should be doing and need to be doing. but being your own boss also means that the option is there to sacrifice parts of the business to make sure certain aspects of personal and family life stay healthy. And McGrath talks about how he finds the balance between success as a family man and as a painter.