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As the unofficial close to summer, Labor Day, seemingly races closer, thoughts turn to schedule and booking winter work. If we wait too long and the pipeline does not fill that chilly air may bite a little harder. Well, we have some secrets to share and just maybe these tips can increase profitable work. Read Estimating Secrets to consider implementing or reviewing best practices.

What if we were tomato farmers and a major buyer asked us to pick everything planted ripe or not, because there is a chance that there budget will only allow a purchase in the next week. Pitch fork in hand, we might say that crunching the timeframe from a few weeks to one is not reasonable and as much as we love our customers we are not filling bushels night and day. Why do paint/coating applicators get that ridiculous treatment? Check out Painting Pro’s Perspective, Schedule Changes and Fake Deadlines.

Like farmers, some of our work is weather dependant, and there is a new source that gages the painting and decorating market rain or shine; Painting & Decorating Franchises in the US:  Market Research Report. Also, in the news, the National Association of Home Builders says the housing market is trending upwards: A Turning Point for AD&C Lending. Among other RRP related news is an article that references an interesting contractor survey by Professional Remodeler that states huge costs for compliance as compared to the EPA fraudulent projections; EPA Lead-based Paint Rules Cost Landlords Thousands of Dollars in Fines.

Lastly, in today’s marketplace, an online presence is essential and market research shows that many small to medium organizations still have not taken the plunge. Look into BehrPro’s free service, Web Enabled Business (WEB), allowing industry professionals to build a custom website—with no design or hosting fees—to increase their reach and better market services;

Please send us a note and let us know how we are doing. And Painting Pro Times is always looking for guest Pro’s Perspective writers, so if there is a point worth making, click that send button.

Mark Casale, Editor

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