By: Matt Xhignesse
There are a plethora of get rich quick schemes out there, and too many jobs that are less than reputable. You may have heard some people speak of the “College Pro Painters scam,” classifying it as just one of so many others. They say this College Pro Painters scam doesn’t really end up giving you anything in the end, that’s it’s just like all of the others. But perhaps a better question than “Is there a College Pro Painters scam out there?” is “What constitutes a scam, what is the make-or-break difference between legitimate companies and scam organizations?
For one, you can take a look at the College Pro Painters reviews coming from past painters and franchisees, and you will quickly see that it’s an amazing learning opportunity. There are even College Pro Painters reviews from past customers that show just how fantastic the experience can be for everyone – the client gets a fresh new look for their home, and the workers get the satisfaction of delivering that great sense of aesthetic satisfaction and a job well done. There are few scam companies that will really give this to you in any way, instead leaving you only asking “wait…what just happened?” With College Pro, you don’t ask that question. You know, because YOU made it happen.
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Myth: Busted – there really isn’t a College Pro Painters Scam?
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I think of a hoax – my parents were iffy when I looked into this, but as I’ve worked College Pro Window Cleaning for a couple years my parents have supported me. It isn’t a scam, it is an opportunity to learn new skills and experience what the real business world is like.” –Mark Conway, Mississauga ON
“I researched a lot about College Pro before applying, because I was a little skeptical. All my worries were washed away when I spoke to my future general manager, because he told me what I actually have to do, and that I will have to work hard. Now that I have worked with College Pro Window Cleaning for 2 years, I know it is not a scam – obviously if you don’t work hard you won’t be successful, and obviously the company is using you to make money, because they also are running a business. If you do your job, you will get paid, and you’ll have a good time.” -Lloyd Yip, Markham ON
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When you hear “College Pro Scam”, What do you think of?
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By: Scott Shaw
While some seek to paint a picture of “College Pro Painters scam”, customers paint the truth as young entrepreneurs pave their way to success.
I do get it. College students running their own painting businesses to put themselves through college with the help of a large franchised painting business model….someone must be getting rich right? This must actually be a College Pro Painters scam, not a genuine opportunity. Or is it? Truth is, they’re out there. Businesses, no, let me clarify that…there are people that take advantage of others for their own personal gain.
Here’s some news: the staff and culture within College Pro Painters wants nothing to do with those people. The people we do care about, foster lasting relationships with and around are in fact great people who genuinely believe in creating a position and growth opportunity unmatched in the market today. In our business, as in any service industry, the success of the business starts with our paying consumers who trust in us to care for their most prized possession, their home. But, also in our business and any service business, the “customer” is also, importantly, our painters, our job site managers and our franchisees. When you choose College Pro Painters to paint your home, you are getting a great service and adding value to your community. Not just in the short term, but by investing in the next generation of leaders your community needs.
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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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!
I ran a College Pro Painters franchise last summer and it was one of the most challenging things I have ever done.
When you are being interviewed and reading College Pro Painters reviews online and talking to past franchise managers, everyone tells you how hard it is but they cannot prepare you for it – there is no College Pro Painters scam – it is just what running a real business is like! 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. I am not a business student (however the biz students found it just as challenging) but you learn so much through the College Pro training and coaching and just by getting out there. College Pro Painters is great because without much experience but 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!
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Fact and Fiction…is there a College Pro Painters scam?
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College Pro Painters scam? Not that I’ve witnessed… I ran a College Pro Painters franchise during the summer following my first year of University – and I was about a green in business as you can get. I had never experienced marketing, quoting, payroll or managing a schedule for employees. I had been an employee for local business owners, and that was the extent of my “business prowess”.
I was aware of College Pro Painters when I approached their booth at my campus, but I really didn’t know what they were all about. As I went through the interview process, I never questioned the College Pro program, but I did have concerns about how a company could teach me, an athlete and science student, how to run a successful business – because that was the only option in my mind, success. Personally, I didn’t have a strong preference to go digging for College Pro Painters reviews online, but I did have an interest in speaking with others who had run businesses at College Pro, and who could relate to my situation. So, in efforts to squash any inkling of a College Pro Painters scam, I spoke to a number of individuals who were currently running College Pro franchises, or who had in the past. I spoke to one of the previous franchise owners in my home town to get the flavor of her experience. I spoke to another science student at my University to see what the balance was like with the business and our program. I spoke to a varsity athlete who had run the business to see what it was like through the eyes of a fellow athlete.
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Is there a College Pro Painters Scam? My experience…
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You don’t have to talk to too many people before hearing about a terrible service experience your friend, family member, or neighbor has recently had. It is sad, really, but it seems that customer service and integrity are lost when it comes to having people work on your home. Too many home services providers do not think of the customer first, focusing instead only on the sale and how much money they will make off of that customer. Some companies do not even return your phone call if the size of the job is too “small”. Other companies will sell you on all their promises of good service and delivery, and then simply take your money and run, pulling a major scam in the process.
It is extremely refreshing, then, to find one home services provider, College Pro Painters, that has integrity, values, and focuses on building long-term relationships with its customers, treating their home like the prized possession it is.
In 1971, a college student founded College Pro Painters, giving other college students a chance to pay for their schooling and to secure post-graduation careers. That makes College Pro the original student-run painting company. More than four decades later, College Pro treats nearly 17,000 homes annually with interior and exterior house painting services, operating in local communities across 28 U.S. states and 7 Canadian provinces.
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Happy Customers Agree, There is no College Pro Painters Scam!
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I keep reading about how some people think that there is a College Pro Painters scam. I know several people that were Franchise Owners with College Pro and thought I should weigh in with my opinion.
Lets first start by understanding what is the definition of a scam: A dishonest scheme; a fraud.
It seems from what I have been reading that people feel it is a scam because they were not successful at something, not because it was a fraud. To look at the facts, let’s understand what a Franchise Owner is: The person who buys a license to replicate a business system. The Franchise Owner pays fees to the Franchisor in exchange for the training and materials required to start up in business and receive ongoing training and support. They become their own boss and run their Franchise themselves.
As a 19 year old sophomore at the University of Washington, when I first heard about College Pro and the opportunity to run my own business, it seemed too good to be true. I was excited by the possibility of being a College Pro success, but anxious simply for the fact that it didn’t seem “normal” for a college student to be able to take on such an endeavor. I knew that I wanted to run my own business someday, and I also knew that it would be a challenge. Would College Pro walk me through that challenge? What was the College Pro success path?
One of the first, and primary, things that began alleviating my fears was when my future General Manager told me up front that this would be one of the toughest things I’d ever do. He told me that the leadership experience was real, and took me through many of the different challenges I’d face. He also had me call some previous students who had been through the College Pro program, and not just College Pro success stories, but students who had struggled. What stuck out to me was that, across the board, the biggest two themes was that it was a challenge and that it was an incredible learning and growth opportunity.