By: Patricia Seaton, College Pro Alumni

 

When I got involved with College Pro, I knew nothing about running a business. I was a science student with plans to pursue veterinary medicine.  I was drawn to the entrepreneurial nature and autonomy this opportunity had to offer and, of course, the earning potential, but had no idea what owning a business entailed and whether or not I would actually enjoy it.

By: Jessica Verhey, College Pro Alumni

 

Setting expectations - Gardens and paint chips – a lethal mixSpring is upon us, and many people begin to do two things: Revive the beloved garden and paint the house. Both cost money, and, for many, are essential services to maintain property.

I was a franchisee with College Pro for three years and throughout my experience, quickly realized gardens challenge the painting process in the following ways:

1)      Scraping old paint off of windows, doors, and siding creates paint chips.

2)      Many gardens sit directly beneath paintable services and need to be worked around.

By: Jessica Verhey, College Pro Alumni

 

Setting expectations with customers - Colour me surprised.Looking back at my three years as a franchise manager and three years as a general manager at College Pro, I have learned a lot about the importance of paint colour.

I can still remember the fateful day when I painted an entire house cherry blossom red for a customer.  It was my first year as a College Pro Franchisee.

The customer picked the colour to surprise her husband.

We just put the finishing touches on the front door, when the customer’s husband pulled into the driveway.

By: Ian Scheel, College Alumni

Being a College Pro franchise manager is not easy.  There is a lot of training and a lot of hours have to be rendered if you are to have success.  I watched my sister work her ass off doing it and she had great success.  This job requires a certain kind of person, like my sister, with a certain kind of energy and charisma.  I later took on the challenge and ran a franchise myself. The weeks are long and the problems are plenty.  It’s not easy, but nothing this worthwhile should be easy.  Running a College Pro franchise is probably the best thing a student can have on a resume.  There are also other perks, one of which is manager’s weekend.

By: Jeff Consul, College Pro Entrepreneur

Not a bad start, it is Sunday evening and I am sitting in my home office. My first week with College Pro went by with the expected glitches of training two people who have never held a paint brush before. We covered the ladders, the windows, the edging, the rolling, safety, the whole nine yards. The customers were anxious on Monday’s start; to be honest so was I. There was paint spilled, some messes were made and definitely lots of learning as well. Yet,in the end, the check was cut and our customer gave us our first 10/10! Man I love being a business owner at College Pro!

Franchisee: Bryan Smith – Waterloo, Ontario

 

March Madness - College Pro Window Cleaning 1. In mid-March, how much time are you spending on your business? What does your average day look like?

I usually spend about 15-20 hours a week on my College Pro business. I work a separate job all day during the week but my evenings are typically like this:

Mon. Previous customer calling 2 hours
Tues. Class
Wed. Previous customer calling 3 hours
Thurs. Previous customer Calling 3 hours
Fri. off
Sat. 7 hours cold calling

By: Kristy Nieboer

I am a fourth year university student in Waterloo, Ontario, and I am absolutely terrified of graduating in 2 months. They say that your four years of education flies by, and they weren’t kidding!  I remember my first year like it was yesterday. Among my peers, I have heard of a number of different plans for after graduation, but I’m not sure any of them are what I am interested in doing. A number of people are continuing their education by applying to post-graduate college or masters programs. Others are prolonging their undergrad by doing an exchange. Some are in direct streams like accounting, and are starting their careers immediately after graduation. Scarily enough, a great number of people have no plans at all. A lot of these options seem like continuous stabs at finding yourself and what you are interested in – which is what we thought would happen during our undergrad. The people I know that are not grouped in this category are those who have run a College Pro franchise.

By: Ian Scheel, College Pro Alumni (painter & franchisee)

Summer as a College Pro PainterWorking with College Pro Painters for the summer is unlike any other work experience I have had, and I have had a lot of summer jobs.  You gain so much experience for life as well as making contacts that can last a long time.  My first summer with College Pro Painters was the first time I really felt like I had accomplished something each day of the job.

By: Nikki Borkhuis, past College Pro Franchise Owner

What it takes to be a College Pro Franchise Owner

Are you currently a college student? If so, then you are off to a good start! College Pro takes pride in the fact that we are mostly college students taking the initiative to do something many students cannot and do not do, in college or in the future. Being a business owner as a college student provides so many opportunities and open doors with the experience that is gained and personal growth that is achieved. College Pro started with a college student starting their own small summer business in Canada in order to pay for school during the only time possible, summer. It’s important to share this opportunity with other students, not only for a job during school but also to learn valuable life skills.

 

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By: Tara Barber
College Pro Alumni (Toronto & Boston)

I went to school in London, Ontario at the University of Western Ontario, majoring in Honors Biology. I kept a part time job working retail about 15-20 hours a week, and I had a pretty active social calendar. In the August prior, I had committed to running a business with College Pro, and in January, it really hit me that I had to balance everything above while preparing my business. I knew before that I’d have to balance everything, and people told me how much effort it was going to take, but I didn’t quite grasp it. So, I did what any respectable type A person would do…I started planning it out. I got an organizer and started to plan.

By: Jessica Verhey, College Pro Alumni

 

Setting expectations with customers - Colour me surprised.Looking back at my three years as a franchise manager and three years as a general manager at College Pro, I have learned a lot about the importance of paint colour.

I can still remember the fateful day when I painted an entire house cherry blossom red for a customer.  It was my first year as a College Pro Franchisee.

The customer picked the colour to surprise her husband.

We just put the finishing touches on the front door, when the customer’s husband pulled into the driveway.

By: Ian Scheel, College Alumni

Being a College Pro franchise manager is not easy.  There is a lot of training and a lot of hours have to be rendered if you are to have success.  I watched my sister work her ass off doing it and she had great success.  This job requires a certain kind of person, like my sister, with a certain kind of energy and charisma.  I later took on the challenge and ran a franchise myself. The weeks are long and the problems are plenty.  It’s not easy, but nothing this worthwhile should be easy.  Running a College Pro franchise is probably the best thing a student can have on a resume.  There are also other perks, one of which is manager’s weekend.

By: Jeff Consul, College Pro Entrepreneur

Not a bad start, it is Sunday evening and I am sitting in my home office. My first week with College Pro went by with the expected glitches of training two people who have never held a paint brush before. We covered the ladders, the windows, the edging, the rolling, safety, the whole nine yards. The customers were anxious on Monday’s start; to be honest so was I. There was paint spilled, some messes were made and definitely lots of learning as well. Yet,in the end, the check was cut and our customer gave us our first 10/10! Man I love being a business owner at College Pro!

Franchisee: Bryan Smith – Waterloo, Ontario

 

March Madness - College Pro Window Cleaning 1. In mid-March, how much time are you spending on your business? What does your average day look like?

I usually spend about 15-20 hours a week on my College Pro business. I work a separate job all day during the week but my evenings are typically like this:

Mon. Previous customer calling 2 hours
Tues. Class
Wed. Previous customer calling 3 hours
Thurs. Previous customer Calling 3 hours
Fri. off
Sat. 7 hours cold calling