An Additional $194,013.69 Worth of Proof – You CAN Sell a Painting Company

An Additional $194,013.69 Worth of Proof – You CAN Sell a Painting Company

“Everyone knows you can’t sell a painting company for anything, Brandon”… Even though I sold mine for $440,000 total in only five short years after building it up to over $1,000,000.00 (in the middle of the Great Recession starting in 2008 with no prior painting experience.)

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I hear this from painters ALL THE TIME.

Well, here’s a little bit of proof for those naysayers.
Pictured above, you’ll see a check for $194,013.69 I received on May 6th
just three short days ago.

It is the LAST installment on the sale of my painting business and many checks preceded this one – both a large initial deposit and ongoing, monthly payments with interest came in between.

When painters doubt you can sell a painting company for top dollar, I just shake my head.

Do you still doubt you can sell your painting company for a good profit one day? You shouldn’t.

Even if you don’t believe my story, consider this: Painting franchises sell their “painting companies” all day long for good prices and yet the first dollar hasn’t even been collected!

They are only selling the “hope” of a successful business and the systems that can make it happen.

You see, it is the marketing systems and the assurance of ongoing, recurring revenue that make a painting company valuable – NOT THE PAINTING OF BUILDINGS!

The systematic generation of leads, closing of sales, and a steady stream of repeat and referral customers does not happen by accident – at least not with predictability and at the level most people really desire.

If you aren’t spending the time and money you should to build marketing systems for your company, you don’t really have a business – you just have a JOB with a lot of risk and headache attached to it.

This is no good at all.

When I received my MBA, I had an entrepreneurship teacher who had been very successful in the business world. He said something to me that I’ll never forgot.

These words changed my outlook forever in business, and they SHOULD change yours too. He said this…

“Before you ever even start a business, you should first consider how you will sell it.
If you can’t do this, don’t even start one.”

These are very, very wise words. Owning a painting business should be able to provide you with a very good income AND you should be able to build equity.

If you’re not doing this, you need to stop and assess your company’s direction – FAST.

You need to stop pending all your time on things that are “urgent but not important.” You need to stop being cheap about investing in marketing and advertising systems.

Instead, turn your attention toward the well-worn path of painting success. There is truly “nothing new under the sun” in painting. You can succeed in selling your painting business one day. Never doubt it.

If you just invest the time and money in building it RIGHT.

Start. Today.

Your Friend in Painting Profits,

Brandon Lewis
Director of the Marketing Department
The Academy for Professional Painting Contractors
Department Line: 423-800-0520

2 Responses

  1. Terry Hoffman says:

    Can you point me in the direction that I need to go in to start the process of selling my business, I feel it is worth a lot due to the 22 years I have put into it, and the great work I put into the name and integrity of this business, I feel someone can use my hard work to profit nicely, can you help me. Thank You.
    Terry Hoffman

  2. Brandon Lewis says:

    Selling a painting business is very, very challenging for most owners Terry. You’ll need to build systems and manuals for the incoming owners, make certain you’ve reconnected and monetized your in-house customer lists, and prepared financial statements that will pass muster with banks if the purchaser will be using SBA or other financing. Frankly, this is a L-O-N-G discussion because so many things need to happen to MAXIMIZE your return. Yes, you can quickly cash-out for a bargain basement price to someone (maybe $10,000 more than your equipment is worth), but that would be a waste of 22 years. Call in to the office, set up an appointment, and I’d be happy to talk to you personally. Call 423-800-0520 and ask for Jennifer. Tell her you want to set up an appointment with Brandon Lewis.

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13:36 14 Sep 18
Been working with this marketing coach for 3+ years and seen phenomenal results. This Painting business coach has helped me keep painters in Missouri busy through the slow winter season and more than tripled our painting company's size. Don't settle for online painting leads that go nowhere. If you are a painting contractor who wants to leave more for your family than a garage full of used paint and some tools for a garage sale after you are gone, I recommend you contact Brandon ASAP. When it comes to help with marketing for painting companies, this is by far the best investment I have made in my painting business.read more
Stephen Blauert
Stephen Blauert
13:21 13 Sep 18
Brandon definitely does A+ work! We met Brandon at a conference where he held a workshop on marketing for painting companies. We signed up for his coaching program on the spot, and he has helped us steer our company out of low-profit new construction to higher-profit repaint and residential work. We have always struggled to generate commercial painting leads, and Brandon has made that process simple and streamlined for us. We wholeheartedly recommend Brandon and his team. If you are a painting contractor you NEED to check out what he offers.read more
Brent Coffy
Brent Coffy
01:41 07 Sep 18
Amazing organization that is quickly moving to the forefront of the painting industry! Brandon KNOWS his stuff. He is innovative, yet has a keen knack for combining every form of marketing and sales techniques. He truly understands the power of utilizing everything from the latest in social media marketing, to video, to "old school" mail. Speaking of mail.... he will "read yours" if you give him 5 minutes...lol! But, he will also quickly set you on a path that takes you from struggling in your business - toward success!read more
Jonathan Webb
Jonathan Webb
01:15 17 Sep 18
The APPC is a fantastic source of information, tactics, techniques, and procedures that will prove invaluable to any paint company owner who is interested in growing his business and increasing profitability. I highly recommend Brandon's programs, and as someone who has attended his invaluable presentations on marketing and recruiting, as well as his education about the "business end" of paint company ownership, I can give my highest and unconditional recommendation for these business development services. There is no better source of paint-company specific business information out there.read more
Jeff Nestle
Jeff Nestle
23:00 07 Sep 18
The materials for the Academy for professional painters is top notch. I have found this information to be helpful for anyone in the painting industry. If your brand new to the business you will be miles ahead if you follow the program and instructions as given. As a seasoned painting contractor with over 40 years experience I have found that Brandon's information has been helpful and many ways and I would recommend to anyone looking to improve the quality of work and the bottom line to definitely be part of the program. J A Nestle with champion decor and Coatings Phoenix AZread more
Tim Perryman
Tim Perryman
17:50 22 Sep 18
We are a Platinum member with the APP. Brandon Lewis is an outstanding coach! I have ran a painting business for more than 25 years and I wish I had a resource like this when I first got started. He has changed my view and given me the tools to improve two key areas of our business - How to implement a professional sales process and how to recruit quality painters. We attended the professional painting summit last January in Florida. We were surrounded by painting contractors willing to share proven solutions to just about every problem painting contractors will face in their businesses. I'm looking forward to the one In Tennessee this coming January! Whether you are just getting started or have been running a large painting business for years, I would highly recommend you look into how the APP can help you fix those nagging problems we all face.Keep up the good work Brandon!read more
All-Pro Home Services
All-Pro Home Services
22:39 21 Sep 18
Brandon Lewis has great information and techniques for professional painters or contractors such as myself. I started in the paint business as a painter and two years later started working for myself. I knew how to paint but I have learned everything about sales business and marketing along the way. And customer service. Listening to Brandon Lewis really helped me to be a better business owner. Without sales and marketing you have no business. I was a painter and now I feel like I am much more of a business owner and a business professional. Thank you Brandon Lewis for your great work. And the academy for professional painting contractors.read more
Daniel Woodford
Daniel Woodford
02:29 20 Sep 18
Hi Dan here, Have a Painting business in the North East. I have been working with Brandon for 2 1/2 years. Sales were at 200k when I started and up to 1.3M at this point while tripling my bottom line. He's made me a believer. Results do speak. Highly recommend you call him if you have a Painting business that hasn't been paying you what you deserve and are ready to turn things around!read more
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runner 96
01:01 13 Sep 18
Brandon has lead us to some GREAT processes for getting into the commercial world as well as staying in touch with past clients. Our business has steady grown 25-25% each year since working with him.read more
Toliver Painting
Toliver Painting
18:45 19 Oct 18
Been working with this marketing coach for 3+ years and seen phenomenal results. This Painting business coach has helped me keep painters in Missouri busy through the slow winter season and more than tripled our painting company's size. Don't settle for online painting leads that go nowhere. If you are a painting contractor who wants to leave more for your family than a garage full of used paint and some tools for a garage sale after you are gone, I recommend you contact Brandon ASAP. When it comes to help with marketing for painting companies, this is by far the best investment I have made in my painting business.read more
Matthew Rathgeb
Matthew Rathgeb
01:38 14 Sep 18
I had contacted the APP sometime in April of 2018. After 7 years in business I got tired of always running into the same issues in my painting business so I was looking for a “coach” of sorts to get some systems in place to promote growth for my business . After a lot of research I decided to join the APP and I am glad I did !!!! I can’t even put into words how helpful Brandon has been !! My business has increased 35% in the last 5 months and implementing his systems has made everything go much smoother . Especially the sales process !! I have never been so confident selling paint jobs in my life . Looking forward to continued growth and I would highly recommended the APP to any painting contractor !!read more
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