The #1 Reason Painting Contractors Are Rarely Rich

The #1 Reason Painting Contractors Are Rarely Rich

I’d like to challenge you to do something if you dare…

Notice: You must emotionally detach yourself from your business and your business from your personal identity to do this…

The next time you are at the paint store, look around. What do you see?

Rolls Royce’s? BMW’s? Mercedes?

Nope… Just a bunch of dudes in tattered clothes and old trucks and vans.


Because most painters barely make a living – even “established owners” often make well under $100,000 a year. Frankly, it’s not worth the trouble for that take-home pay.

You’d be better off getting a job and letting someone else deal with the risk and headaches.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I made a lot of money in the painting business. Still do.

I know a TON of really successful business owners who are cash-flowing quite well and living a balanced lifestyle with room for friends, family, and leisure…

But I assure you – they are the exception of exceptions. Not the rule.

Why is this? Simple…

While you are still at the paint store, ask the next owner you meet: “Hey John, when’s the last time you worked on improving the business-ed of your business? Maybe took a course, read a book, or engaged a mentor about sales, marketing or management?”

Ask that question of 100 owners… I’ll bet only 98 have done anything in the last 12 months – maybe never.

The #1 reason painters are rarely rich is this: They never take the time to become a “serous student” of the “business end” of their painting business. Painting business management is something they simply aren’t interested in. They are stuck in the technician’s mindset.

They mistakenly believe that their technical skills and craftsmanship will make them wealthy… it’s hogwash peddled by people who would rather feel better about their station in life than reach for their dreams through improvement.

Question: Are you making this same poverty-inducing mistake?

If you are, I’d like you to do two things:

1 – Leave a comment below this blog and let’s talk. No more “suffering in silence” hoping that the next year will magically get better… because it hasn’t worked yet.

2 – Register for the 2019 Painting Profits Summit. It’s the place where the nation’s most “serious students” of painting profits and wealth gather each year. Click here to register.

Now, have a fantastic day!

Let it be the day you decide to start laboring in a different way – a way that will lead to your business working for you… instead of the other way around.

Brandon Lewis
Founder, The Academy for Professional Painting Contractors
Publisher, Painter’s Weekly

2 Responses

  1. Matthew Holmes says:

    this sound so convincing. I really want to register for the 2019 Painting Profits Summit, but at this time I can’t afford to come and participate. i’m praying that God will allow me to come and fellowship. I have the mindset to learn your system and strategies.

  2. Brandon Lewis says:

    We hope you can make it! It’s the must-attend annual conference for painting contractors who are focused on business growth!

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