With youth unemployment still in the double digits, it’s understandable that students looking for summer jobs might feel discouraged. The lack of opportunities creates interesting challenges for students looking to graduate debt free – or at least with minimal debt. The biggest issue is there’s no quick fix to the problem. All too often you see “get rich quick” schemes advertising “Make $100,000 a day from home”, or, if you fill out online surveys you’ll make more money in a month than your parents make all year. The sad reality is that some legitimate opportunities get clumped under this “scam” title. When I recruit for new College Pro franchisees, I often hear a friend whisper under their breath “Oh it’s that College Pro Painters scam”. The idea of student entrepreneurs was pretty uncommon in the past, although most people currently attending school are now aware of the concept.
I believe when people refer to the College Pro Painters scam what they’re really referring to is that some businesses – including College Pro franchise businesses – fail. They use the term “scam” to refer to the risks associated with being your own boss and running your own business. The unfortunate part of this is that promising student entrepreneurs will end up not pursuing this route and, instead, will be cooped up in an office filing papers for the summer, or, worse yet, remain unemployed.
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Overcoming the challenges, is there a College Pro Painters scam?
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If you read online, you may find a few articles or blogs that say there is a College Pro Painters scam. By definition, a scam is “a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle. “
Since 1971, College Pro Painters has been satisfying thousands of customers across North America each and every year. Through the ups and downs of a tricky economy, College Pro Painters continues to tick along – supporting students who need a summer job or who want the experience of owning and managing a business in their community. I am proud to say that I have been a College Pro Painters customer on 2 occasions and have been thrilled with their work.
If there was a College Pro Painters scam, the company could not have survived 40 years in such a tough industry. By nature, exterior home painting is not the type of business that could swindle someone for a quick profit. As a customer, you can see the work that is being done on your home and you have the ability to refuse to pay until the contract is fulfilled.
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Thousands of happy consumers agree there is no College Pro Painters scam
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Google College Pro Painters and you will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of search results. Some of the search results will be positive experiences, and you will come across some people who claim there is a College Pro Painters scam. College Pro Painters has been in business since 1971! How can a scam exist that long??? Thousands of students and hundreds of thousands of customers have worked with College Pro Painters. In the home services industry, it is hard to please everyone, and there are bound to be dissatisfied customers; however, College Pro Painters’ website claims that they have a 96% customer satisfaction rate, which is great for the home services industry.
Let’s dig a little deeper into College Pro reviews…There are many College Pro reviews online, on the corporate website, and on various review sites like Angie’s list, BBB, Yelp, etc. There is no better source for College Pro reviews than actual customers, so I checked in with a few of them. These are REAL College Pro reviews from customer who recently had their homes painted:
“…very polite, quick and efficient; very happy with the result; very good people to work with” – B. Cook
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Is there a College Pro Painters Scam? Hear from Real Customers!
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By: James Dale, VP College Pro, Western Canada
Franchisee, Nanaimo BC (2003-2004)
I ran a College Pro Painters franchise during the 2003 and 2004 summer. It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done, and, in the process, I learned some core entrepreneur skills as a student. It is important to understand that there is no College Pro Painters scam. When you are being interviewed, reading reviews online, and talking to past franchise managers, everyone tells you how hard it is, but they cannot prepare you for it. Even though it was extremely difficult, it was one of the most worthwhile things I have done. You get put in a pressure grinder with a lot of information coming at you at once. As a student entrepreneur you learn so much through the College Pro training and coaching and just by getting out there. College Pro is great because without much experience other than their training you get to run your own business and everything that comes with that: hiring and training employees, making all the decisions, managing all the cash and getting the profit!