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!
If you are reviewing the College Pro franchisee role let me make it clear – some people think there is a College Pro Painters scam. Let me explain this – I see reviews where some students who tried it complained that it was too hard or they did not make enough money. Running a business is not easy, and if you are not willing to put in the time or listen to your coaches, your chances for success go down. And this is not exclusive to a College Pro business – that applies to any business! I am actually really impressed at the overall success the student entrepreneurs have – at least 90% of the franchisees in my division made money, which is significantly higher than the norm in business start-up. Plus, the support the College Pro team gives you is 1st class. They are knowledgeable and truly care about how well you do. Furthermore, like any other company, if you are not successful on the front line, College Pro Painters is not successful. Also, a lot of students return year after year (including me!) and the full-time staff members really help you and want you to do well. There is no College Pro Painters scam – if you are a hard worker and are willing to really get challenged, I endorse being an entrepreneur with College Pro.