Q: Why painting? Why not something else?
A: House painting provides a money-making opportunity in a short time frame. Most importantly, your job is to be a manager, not a painter. But to manage it you need to know it and the ability to manage well cuts across crafts and categories. For you and for us, painting is an easily taught trade so you can learn while focusing on managing, running a business and making money. You control the costs and control your income.
Q: How will I succeed if I don’t know anything about painting?
A: First off, look at our company’s track record; we’ve had two solid decades of performance with this business model. The key to our success—and yours—is the thorough training we provide and the commitment with which you embrace it. Before the summer there are hands-on instruction programs, training seminars and reading materials. On the job, you’ll have a District Manager whose daily job is to support you, guide you and help you succeed.
Q: How will I find enough work?
A: Ten percent of all homes are painted each year. After your training, you’ll create a territory marketing plan with the guidance of your District Manager. We have a toolbox of marketing materials that will help you execute your plan: flyers, lawn signs, door hangers, plus your own creativity should get you the numbers you need. By starting in the spring, half your summer can be booked before summer even starts.
Q: How will I get equipment?
A: You will charge your materials and equipment on our CWP line of credit with a local supplier. You’ll start out with a predetermined amount of equipment based on your volume of sales and the revenue from completed jobs will pay it all off.
Q: How many houses will I be responsible for?
A: The quick and simple answer is that the average is 20 homes over the course of a summer. The fun and interesting answer is: as many as you can handle.
Q: How will I get paid?
A: During Spring Training, you’ll learn how to accurately price a paint job, calculate wages for your paint crews, your costs of supplies and materials and your commission. The average cost of a house-painting job is $3,500 and, if you manage your costs and crew, you can expect a commission of around 17%. Bonuses are awarded for exceptional sales performance.
Q: Where will I find employees?
A: Most Interns employ their friends for some of the work and also hire professional house painters. That’s an issue you’ll need to consider as a Manager. Regardless, all crewmembers must go through an interview and be approved by you. To find people, you can troll through your high school yearbook, check with former employers, ask for referrals, or place an advertisement in your local or campus newspaper. To find the right people, you need to look for a good attitude, a willingness to learn and a solid work ethic.
Q: How do I know I can succeed?
A: In the end, it’s up to you. CWP provides training, access, financial backing, equipment, support, knowledge and our track record of success. What we can’t provide is your self-motivation. You have to choose on your own to spend Spring Break, evenings and weekends setting up your summer jobs. And during the summer, you’ll have to start early, work late and make sacrifices. Only you, with some serious self-knowledge and soul-searching, can answer this question.
Q: How do I learn more about CWP interns’ professional careers after the program?
A: We are so proud of our alumni and what they have gone on to accomplish. Many are working at extremely successful companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Deloitte, Boeing, Goldman Sachs, SpaceX, WayUp or they own and run large companies. Make sure to read their sweet success stories at collegeworks.com/alumni.