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Hello,

I am not really a painter yet but will be starting as a helper and working up. The business is my fathers. He has been in business for over 16 years but the business side is a mess. He does top quality work on his jobs which is the reason it is still going. I have been lurking here, contractortalk, and other forums reading and learning for the past month or so. I guess it is my job to bring my dad upto date. So far I have made a website in the past month and now it is time to work on his overhead, production rates, etc which will take a bit of time.

Thanks for all the help from the old information and the new that I will be reading :thumbup:
 

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Hello,

I am not really a painter yet but will be starting as a helper and working up. The business is my fathers. He has been in business for over 16 years but the business side is a mess. He does top quality work on his jobs which is the reason it is still going. I have been lurking here, contractortalk, and other forums reading and learning for the past month or so. I guess it is my job to bring my dad upto date. So far I have made a website in the past month and now it is time to work on his overhead, production rates, etc which will take a bit of time.

Thanks for all the help from the old information and the new that I will be reading :thumbup:
Greetings from Iowa, neighbor.
 

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welcome to the site...
 

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Welcome
Please join in and lurk no more
 

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Thank you, glad to be on board.

Yeah, main reason I joined was to help the business grow and see what I do help someone I know instead of some stranger. Possibility I will be taking over the business in the future.

Already ran into challenges. My dad is fixed on his way, it is hard to show him new ideas and implement them. Keeps replying with, "this is how I did it for years. No need to change it." Gets frustrating but it will be worth it. That is what I am hoping anyways.
 

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welcome!

Looking for a ***** in the armor can be challenging. It's tough to argue with results. My father was the same way and here's what I did:

When he says "this is the way I've always done it..." maybe you could ask him if he does everything the same way he's always done it?
  • "Yep.." Then ask him if he has any regrets? If he has some, listen and take note. If he doesn't, then watch and learn.
  • "Well, not everything..." Then there's a willingness to at least consider change; or at least talk about it.
Of course, a lot of this depends on your relationship with him, (there were times when mine wasn't always the greatest and conversations like this could end up with a swift kick in the a$$) so I had to learn to choose my battles too, but in the end I got exactly what I needed...either experience, wisdom, or a swift kick in the a$$!
 
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