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Old 10-08-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever heard of Terry Begue? He has a website and sells an ebook on becoming a wealthy house painter. What do you think?

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I bought the ebook a couple years ago. Interresting strategy for a beginner or just to get advice you didn't think of.
The main message you have to keep in mind is : go for a niche market with high profit margin and be the best at it. For him it's aluminum and cedar sidding painting with a spray gun. Get easy job you can do in one day and do the same thing every day and you'll be the best at it.
Sounds good to me to concentrate on niche market, but for me i like to expand a little more to keep us busy during the winter.
His DVD has good hint on how to spray paint a house.
But honestly you can find all these info on paint talk or YouTube.

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Read his interview in last month's APC. His model is to focus on only easily accessible exteriors that need minimal prep during the warm months and take winter off. He claims to bang them out a piece per day. Doesn't sound like the model I'd like to pursue, but it works for some.
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I bought the ebook a couple years ago. Interresting strategy for a beginner or just to get advice you didn't think of.
The main message you have to keep in mind is : go for a niche market with high profit margin and be the best at it. For him it's aluminum and cedar sidding painting with a spray gun. Get easy job you can do in one day and do the same thing every day and you'll be the best at it.
Sounds good to me to concentrate on niche market, but for me i like to expand a little more to keep us busy during the winter.
His DVD has good hint on how to spray paint a house.
But honestly you can find all these info on paint talk or YouTube.
Good to know. Thanks.
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He is a frequent contributor to paint magazines, here is his latest. I have read a lot of his stuff and he seems genuine to me.
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His main focus is aluminum siding houses, which are not very common where I live, or if they are we never get calls to paint them. I got the ebook, as I am always looking at ways of improving my business. The main takeaway I got from it was having a dialed in system for what you do, focus on a niche, have very clear job descriptions for your people, stock only what you need in your van for the type of work you do. The idea of focusing on the work that is most profitable to you is helpful to me to keep in mind. I recently had a request to bid on a project which is not really in my niche, so I referred it on to another painter who may be better suited for that. I think the program is best suited for beginning contractors, though I figure if I can pick up one or two good tips it will pay for itself soon enough.
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I always sort of figured the best way to get wealthy at...you name it..is to sell books on how to get wealthy in...you name it.
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I've seen his site before and didnt realize it was the same guy in APC this month. Great info. Thanks for posting.
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His model is to focus on only easily accessible exteriors that need minimal prep during the warm months and take winter off.
Here in the desert you would do the complete opposite, but you take what you can get sometimes.
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My name is Terry. Will that help?
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Great painters are named Terry .
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can I change my name to Terry?
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Saw the article in a recent SW publication Professional Paint Contractor. What I wondered was, he seems really buddy-buddy with his crew. Bonuses, birthday & Xmas parties.

I tend to follow the ideology of keeping a professional relationship with little to no outside work socializing. Keeps crew members from thinking they can do whatever they want 'cause the boss is our friend. I can be too easy going that's why I choose to keep a separation in the workplace. (I do eat lunch a day or two per week with crew when I'm actually slinging paint and not selling our service. So I do interact!!!

In general I can't seem to handle getting the team mentality he developed while not being a push over? I've been really trying to get good employees who are able to work with others. My efforts haven't been paying off though. Musta run through ten of the self titled "best, most knowledgable painters" in town this summer. Gotta be something lacking in my leadership so I was hoping to get some ideas by hearing other individuals success stories in finding your healthy medium.


Lastly, seems to me he could cut out parties and spend the dough to add equipment, more workers, etc. But my name ain't Terry. I'm not the rich painter. No one really cares to interview me so I'll shut up and keep trying.
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Lastly, seems to me he could cut out parties and spend the dough to add equipment, more workers, etc. But my name ain't Terry. I'm not the rich painter. No one really cares to interview me so I'll shut up and keep trying.
true why is he not making more with at least 2 teams....
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Twice the call backs.
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Saw the article in a recent SW publication Professional Paint Contractor. What I wondered was, he seems really buddy-buddy with his crew. Bonuses, birthday & Xmas parties.

I tend to follow the ideology of keeping a professional relationship with little to no outside work socializing. Keeps crew members from thinking they can do whatever they want 'cause the boss is our friend. I can be too easy going that's why I choose to keep a separation in the workplace. (I do eat lunch a day or two per week with crew when I'm actually slinging paint and not selling our service. So I do interact!!!

In general I can't seem to handle getting the team mentality he developed while not being a push over? I've been really trying to get good employees who are able to work with others. My efforts haven't been paying off though. Musta run through ten of the self titled "best, most knowledgable painters" in town this summer. Gotta be something lacking in my leadership so I was hoping to get some ideas by hearing other individuals success stories in finding your healthy medium.


Lastly, seems to me he could cut out parties and spend the dough to add equipment, more workers, etc. But my name ain't Terry. I'm not the rich painter. No one really cares to interview me so I'll shut up and keep trying.
Stop hiring painters and hire people with good attitudes, work habits and the ability to learn quickly. I always say I will or actually do drug tests (depending on my read of the person). Also, google your prospective employees. My last helper had a video on you tube of him doing some very detailed leather work. I thought this is the guy for me. And he's been great.

I usually don't ask a lot of questions in an interview about painting. It's better to listen to the person talk after asking a couple open ended questions like "tell me a little about yourself" "what do you like to do?" etc... Do they make a lot of demands (I need at least X per hour), make excuses (I lost my last job because my gf wouldn't drive me to work), tell you about their last dui?
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Thanks for this post, Aaron - you've set me off onto a path of some good reading.

It's always great to read insights like this!

Cheers, mate.
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Aaron is a great name for someone who wants to become wealthy in the painting industry.
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Aaron is a great name for someone who wants to become wealthy in the painting industry.
You don't post for a few months and this is what you say?

Glad you're back?...

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