I have no managerial experience. How do I know I will succeed?

Fewer than twenty percent of our new Managers have had any previous managerial experience . You must begin by recognizing what it takes to be successful. While your friends are relaxing on spring weekends, you will be setting up your summer. When exams are over and papers are in, the hours will be longer than any job you have had before. With our training and guidance, you success is based on how much effort you put into your business.

Thousands have gone before you and have been successful. Like you, they were university and college students, not super-human. What made them successful was their desire to stand above the crowd and lay the foundations for their future.

How do I make money?

As you will be running a business, you make money based on the profit that your business generates (see financials). Every two weeks at the same time you pay your painters, you may withdraw profit from your account. Expect to draw your first profit cheque four weeks (or $10,000 to $15,000) into production. Most of your profit comes in the last two months of the summer (July, August).

How do I find employees?

At The Summer Management Program we provide recruiting materials and the training necessary to source good people. The main ways are through networking, putting up posters, internet job ads( Indeed), job fairs, booths, student employment organizations, and various websites.

How do I find clients?

We will provide you with marketing materials and a system for using them. If the marketing systems are being followed, leads for jobs will be found.  Typically for every two estimates that our company provides we usually land one (47% conversion). We also havwea “ past client list” which can be called to gemerate leads. Our customers recognize our brand, value proposition and want to support students.

Do I need equipment?

Standard painting equipment is needed, such as ladders, drop clothes, brushes and other materials needed to apply paint. There are a few options available to students. Some will buy used equipment from past Operators; some will use the credit line that we establish on behalf of all Operators. When your summer(s) are over this equipment can be readily re-sold usually for half to three quarters purchase price.

My studies are my number one priority. How can I put in 15 hours per week while still in school?

At Student Works  we have all been through The Summer Management Program  and were once all students with school at the top of our priority list. We specialize in helping students to manage their time around their school and extracurricular commitments. In fact, a number of students put in far more than 15 hours per week as they have set their goals a little higher and yet they still excel in school. Students who have gone through the program almost without exception find their marks go up due to the much better time management and organizational skills they develop.

I’m not a business student, can I do this?

We have Student Managers from all faculties. The experience gained from this is invaluable in all respects and will help student in securing post-graduate employment in virtually any field. Doctors, lawyers, architects, administrators, teachers; they all may run their own businesses someday.  The skills acquired in The Summer Management Program assist you in being a tremendous leader in no matter what field you choose to participate.

Do I need my own vehicle to be a Student Works Manager?

Yes a car is definitely required to run your own business. In the pre-season you need a car to get around your territory and do estimates. At this point any type of vehicle will do. Once you move into the production season (May and onward) you will need a vehicle for production. Many of our managers will purchase an old or used vehicle to carry around material supplies and ladders.


How does your guarantee work?
The Guarantee of quality is backed by the company, which means:
If anything goes wrong with your job as a result of work we performed the company will fix it free of charge as long as the deficiency is identified within the three year period! Just call us and we will book a time to fix the job!

Are they really students?

Yes, over 95% of our Owners / Operators and painters use the money they earn to pay for tuition, books and other school expenses.

Why should I not hire a “professional” painter or someone who has been painting longer

Why should I not hire a “professional” painter or someone who has been painting longer?

Once you take a look at the Student Works Painting Program we believe you’ll agree that no other house painting company that is as thorough in our hiring and training process. The operators in this program have gone through and intensive hiring process (3 steps) to be selected for this program. It is designed as a leadership/business training program for highly motivated, hardworking students who want to learn real world business skills while still in School. When you choose Student Works painting you are supporting these students who are committed to learning and providing excellence.
All employees go through intensive paint trainings as well as safety training before they set foot on job site. Over the last 30 years Student Works Painting has been committed to providing quality workmanship and service. As one of the largest residential painting companies in North America and track record of success we have proven that Hardworking student together with a solid training, safety and service program can provide homeowners with a quality paint job-We Guarantee it!

What kind of safety precautions do you have?

What kind of safety precautions do you have?

Safety is the most important part of any job.  We have a fully developed safety program. Our students are trained in safety awareness in Student Works Painting’s Safety Program before they start painting on site. We also include on-sight manual safety manuals and bi-weekly safety briefings which are among the most advanced in the industry. Feel free to ask the Crew Chief to see the Safety Manual.
We are very proud of it. It is a good practice to make sure any contractor you have doing work on your home has an on-site written safety program as it lowers the risk of any possible problems.  We are one of the few painting organizations that has compulsory online training and testing for safety duties and responsibilities, fall protection, general safety, materials handling and WHMIS.

Will they be practicing on my home? Are they just learning how to paint?

Will they be practicing on my home? Are they just learning how to paint?

Each Owner / Operator is put through an extensive training program during the spring months so they are completely prepared to take care of your home. We guarantee that you, like thousands of others, will be happy with our work.

How do our prices compare to other contractors?

Student Works prices are very competitive when you are comparing the same service. Student Works Painting only uses top quality paints. We focus on top notch preparation in order to make our job last and we carry full workers compensation coverage as well as $5,000,000 in liability insurance. When you combine this with a three year guarantee and compare us to other contractors we know you will find us to be the best value around.

Do you paint interiors?


Does Student Works mow lawns, handyman work, etc?

Student Works Painting focuses on what we do best, exterior and interior house painting.

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