Welcome to the season finale of the Business Brush. Keep an eye out for a special conversation tomorrow, but today, Nick chats with Casey Fabling of Richmond, Virginia’s Fabling Built. Fabling isn’t a pure paint contractor. Instead, Fabling Built offers services in masonry, roofing and general handyman work in addition to painting and remodeling. From his start as a college kid repaying hosts with handywork to running his 11-employee business today, Fabling walks Nick through his trials and challenges as a business owner. For example, not knowing how to hire people for jobs he’s not good at. The solution ends up being hiring somebody who’s great at hiring and worry about easier-to-manage situations within the business.
This week on the Business Brush, Nick welcomes Ryan Hammond of Ryan Hammond Incorporated to the show. Ryan Hammond Inc did nearly $5 million last year, and Hammond tells Nick all about how he started painting as a summer gig for a mentor who ran his business to wind down in retirement and how that time helped him become a better business owner.
This week on the Business Brush, Nick talks to Indianapolis-basis painter Luke Reynolds of All-IN Painting about his journey from working summers with his dad’s painting company to pilot and aerospace administration major to owning his own painting company.
Managing a business with technology
Early in the life of his business, Reynolds started to use Business Brush sponsor Estimate Rocket to manage his crew of 10-15 painters and all his company’s projects because it was an easy way to keep track of increasing business. Luke and Nick compare experiences using the platform and how they each use it.
Finding the right niche
They also discuss the tricky process of finding the best way to run a painting business. It’s individual. Some companies naturally fall into subcontracting and make that work where others can’t, and those companies might be most profitable doing residential. Reynolds discusses his trial-and-error process finding what works best for All-IN.
Welcome back to the Business Brush. To start season 5, Nick gets back to the Brush’s marketing roots in a chat with John Neubert, who’s been running Neubert Painting since 1975. They discuss all the ways marketing for paint contractors has changed and the best ways to engage potential clients and convert them into actual clients.