What’s the best way for a painting company to build a successful team of painters?

Putting together a successful team of painters Pittsburgh is a lot like putting together a major sports team. The ones who continually win become fan favorites. In the painting industry the successful ones follow a blueprint.

A successful team, whether athletic or as painters are only as good as its individual members. All of whom will have degrees of expertise that fall within a spectrum.

The shrewd businessman will have a mix and match of painters who are outstanding in one area. It doesn’t necessarily have to be painting skill. Their value to the team could be simply physical. Maybe they’re youthful and so are adept at ascending higher structures. You can use this.

Perhaps a team member has a natural eloquence dealing with customers. The astute owner could use the employees’ gift-of-gab to handle minor onsite challenges. Winning teams are comprised of the teammates getting along. This is often overlooked.

But fact is, in the painting business workers will work together on projects in most cases. In sports terms we’ve all seen how one malcontent in the locker room can disrupt the atmosphere. Don’t let this happen on your team.

Sometimes during your pre-employment vetting process you will want to test for favorable personality traits. Let’s face it, human characteristics can be all over the board. The successful owner may allow for a little wiggle room in character for its team stars.

But must be willing to bring the hammer down when necessary. You’re sitting at the top for a reason, don’t forget that. Any over-the-top infractions and you must take action.

And sometimes this should be done during the pre-employment screening phase. It’s not personal, it’s just good business. A successful team will become your guys. You will know each members capabilities, temperament, as well as ambitions. And by reading this post you’ve learned how to manage all.

Best Way To Organize Your Painters: Scrum


So you’ve got a painting business and things are going really well and you love being a painter. Click here to see an example.

So well in fact that you hired a few painters to help get some of these jobs off the backlog.

Only one small problem.

How do you manage painters?

Well today we’re going to look at what a painter does and how we can use that information to manage multiple painters on a team.

A painter needs to have plenty of room.

They need their tools.

So you don’t want a bunch of painters nearby eachother or else they’ll just slow eachother down.

So the first part of managing a team is to base how many painters you have per job based on the squarefootage that needs painting.

So a good rough number to start with is 100 square feet.

Basically, for every 100 square feet of painting add a painter.

If that’s not enough or too much adjust.

Rinse repeat til you hit your sweet spot.

You’ll know your in that sweet spot when things are running smoothly.

Scrum it up.

Scrum is basically a framework that you can use to manage your projects and people.

Essentially you have a backlog of paint jobs and multiple teams of painters.

Sort the backlog by date and assign from the top to each of your painter teams.

Scrum is just a framework which means you’ll have to come up with a methodology that your painting teams use to paint.

Basically, a painting methodology tells your teams how you want each paint job to go and how you want things painted.

This keeps all your teams producing the same way.

Scrum then says to have a retrospective.

This is where you get together with your painters and discuss what went well, what could improve, and what should be thrown out of the painting methodology.

After the painting retrospective is the painting review.

This is where you, your painting team and the customer look over the job and get feedback.

If there needs to be touch ups then you get them done.

So as you can see managing a painting team doesn’t have to be hard.

Until next time, keep painting!