- Steve & April's Story
- Ron Ramsden's Story
- Jeff Sommer's Story
- Dalton Tomlinson's Story
Ever the entrepreneur, Steve was 6 years old, selling a viewing of his magic trick at his mother’s house parties. The adults loved it and Steve caught the entrepreneurial bug!!
After he quit school a week into his 10th year, he then moved out at the age of 17 because he “had it all figured out.” Steve waited until November 6, 1996, to start his own company.
Starting from scratch, Steve built up Burnett 1-800-PAINTING – once in Michigan in 1996, and once starting in Florida in 2004, after Hurricane Charlie ravaged the SW Sunshine State. Originally coming down just to volunteer, Steve looked around and, as we all do, fell in love with Florida! As a struggling, single-father of two at the time, Steve met April in 2008, and married in 2009. Now, that’s another remarkable story! (Getting engaged after two weeks and married within 6 months of meeting! When you know, you know, they say!)
Constantly studying, Steve read (and still reads) a book a week, went to as many seminars as he could – many by these same authors he had read – and put into action what he learned.
The biggest game changer isn’t just reading and learning at the seminars, but what are you going to do with all that information? (April is truly amazed at how great of an implementer Steve is!)
He put the knowledge straight to work and tried and tested and kept on improving the painting business.
He and April would go on to win many awards with Burnett 1-800-PAINTING because of the implementation of all that knowledge, such as: Business of the Month in 2013, Paint Your Wagon Award in 2013, Business of the Year in 2014, etc. If knowledge is power, action is the engine that makes the power useful!
Steve recalls the turning point in business in 2010, was Seth Godin’s quote, “If the marketing place isn’t talking about you, it’s because you’re boring and you’re boring on purpose, because it’s safe.” That was it! Decision made!
Building the company together after their first son was born in 2010, Steve and April quintupled their business in just three years and used tech and systems to reduce their hours from 80+ to a smooth 30 Hour Work Week, while still growing the company.
In early 2014, Steve decided 30 hours a week was not enough, so he decided to get his system of building, quintupling, streamlining, and working 30 hours a week on a successful, profitable business out of his head and into book format so he could help other business owners.
After all, we entrepreneurs are all about hard work, grit, and building our business, but it can consume us and end up running us instead of us running it, if we are not careful and that is the trap Steve got out of and wants to help others remove themselves from! BALANCE – work, social, and family life is where true success is. Steve wants to help business owners be hugely successful and maintain balance and be healthy in each area!
They sold the painting company to fellow PDCA (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America) members from Boston who were moving down to Florida to be near their daughter and her growing family. Originally meeting with Kurt and Jenn just to help them start their own business and make the transition to Florida; Steve approached the Kurt regarding interest in purchasing Burnett 1-800-PAINTING. Terms were established and the sign date settled for December 19th, 2014! A win-win for all involved!
April loves to say, “Steve lived it, worked it, now shares it with you!”
So, how about you? Where do you fall in the balance of work, social, and family life? Would you like to have more of life’s most precious commodity, TIME? Steve can help you with your productivity, systems, out of the box marketing, and put you in the position of working just 30 hours a week while continuing to grow your successful company.
Sounds like a dream come true?
April says that’s exactly the point- live the dream!
Contact Steve to see how he can help you!
It has been 10 fast months since deciding I didn’t want to be “That Painter”
I had owned a painting business almost 14 years (2 year break in the middle). Business was good, we were respected and involved with the community and I was making a fair living for being a “painter”.
All though I didn’t paint much, I ran the company with anywhere from 4 to 9 painters or should I say the company ran me. I have never missed payroll but sometimes I didn’t take a check. I was rich some months and poor the next three.
It was time for a change, either do something else or FIX what I knew and what I liked to do.
Let’s start in January. After much thought, apprehension and discussions with my wife, I hired Steve Burnett of Burnett Marketing to guide me. My initial thought was money but I was a man without a plan and I needed HELP.
Over the next few months I was coached biweekly (and still am today), a plan was set, I formed goals with his assistance and made a plan of action. Please note: in January I didn’t have a website or couldn’t tell you who most of our clients were.
I took direction on a website, a CRM, figured out how to write a blog and things started happening. I was spending money but seeing results. I was going to watching my bank account rise and fall every week to now starting to save.
Now move to June. I was spending money on coaching, websites, SEO, a CRM, scheduling software, crew logistic apps, advertising budget, purchased the rights to 1 800 PAINTING, and a few more things.
I was now touching base to my clients from years past, hired a book keeper, a part time office assistant.
Now to August. We have 9 painters in the field, purchased a new third vehicle (put a third down), gave myself a $10,000 raise, increased my retirement savings.
Now it is October 1. Ten months after I took the first step in changing my business and myself I am set to leave on a hiking trip thru the Grand Canyon with my wife and the crews won’t even miss me (maybe a little).
We have more money in the bank that we ever had and we do not owe a dime to anyone except the new truck but will probably pay it off before the end of the year to save on taxes.
To sum it up. I do not know where I would be if I didn’t decide I had enough of the same old thing this past January. The only time I have paint on me is when I touch something wet while visiting a jobsite.
I sleep at night, and I have only worked two Saturday mornings this entire past summer giving estimates.
You know what’s funny?
I’ve never spent more ON the business as this year, but never has my savings account reach this height, either.
It seems to go against the natural feel of what we want to do. Spend money on SEO? Google Apps for Work? YouCanBook.Me Calendar? Etc. None are extravagent, but they add up. But my savings account has grown exponentially.
Ironic. I’m glad I took the leap for change.
– Ron Ramsden Ramsden Painting
Time for change? Are you tired of the same old/same old. If you are, then now is the perfect time.
We are rolling out another DYB Mastermind Group.
DYB Mastermind Group #6
This one will be in the evening.
4pm PT & 7pm ET for those who are having a hard time making it to the day time groups which are full anyway.
This group will also be hosted by our very first DYB Certified Coach, Ron Ramsden.
As he just shared with you in his story. He has implemented all of our DYB strategies and systems and now has stepped up to help more painting contractors, like you.
There are only 3 open spots and it’s first come first serve.
Membership will include full access into our DYB Café, a $37/month membership and you will also be included in our members only DYB Community Facebook Group.
This is where we come together every Monday and post our goals for the week, then throughout the week we share and desks next steps, then Friday we all come together to post our Big Wins for the week celebrating our implementations and accomplishments.
Membership for this new evening DYB Mastermind Group is only $97/month and like all of our other services, there is no contract.
If you sign up by Midnight Nov 28th, your first month is only $1 ( only 5 spots ).
The first meeting is Dec 2nd at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. Only 3 open spots.
Winter is here.
What will your story be in the next 10 months?
Get in today and lock your spot here.
Any questions, feel free to email: Steve@DYBCoach.com or Ron@DYBCoach.com
We’ll see you on the inside!
P.S. No contract means No Risk.
The dream of a paperless business…
I’ve always been fond of technology and how it can improve our lives. It is a natural fit for me, however I lacked the time needed to find the right programs.
Way back in 1996, I started my painting business or
I started painting and knew nothing about building a business.
I was young, eager and proved a strong work ethic with a keen eye for painting.
I loved painting long hours but then
writing bids and all the office paperwork.
I remember the day I found handwritten NCR forms!
It worked well when it was just me and a couple guys, even though my handwriting was similar to a raccoon gone wild with an open paint bucket.. but that’s another story.
My business grew and lessons were learned, maybe more than once.
In 2004, I read the book the E-Myth, which changed how I viewed and operated my business forever.
Business Systems became my focus and my business grew, and with it the paperwork!
Enter Steve Burnett in 2014 with high tech solutions for my archaic paper wasting business.
I was already using my iPad to do my bids but I was missing crucial pieces of software to complete my paperless painting business dream.
With the help of Steve, I was able to rid myself of countless hours of paperwork, running job folders to crew leaders, printing countless job information.
We implemented the digital time clock and job management software recommended to us by Steve. We now run everything through our iPads and iPhones. This has freed up valuable time to sell more jobs, manage jobs easier, and increase profit.
Thanks to Steve, 2015 is our best net profit in the history of ESP Painting.
I’m looking forward to implementing more of his tested strategies, so I can work on my business and not in it.
Now, our paper of choice is 12″ brown! I guess I will never get rid of all the paper….
-Jeff Sommers – ESP Painting or Portland OR
You too can have the same experience as Jeff.
We offer a few different levels to help you, DYB ( Double Your Business ).
- DYB 1-1 Coaching, which Jeff has been for the last year. If you are interested, you can drop me an email and we can explore this from there steve@DYBCoach.com
- DYB Mastermind Groups. All 5 are currently full, but plan to open up #6 real soon.
- DYB Café, which I recommend you get started with. Here is a link to check it out here for just $1
Once in, you will get access to our all members only, DYB Community jam packed full of awesome ideas and moe encouragement to keep you firing on all 8 cylinders 7 days a week!
We’ll see you on the inside,
#keepItCaffeinated, Steve 😀
P.S. Oh yeah, no contracts. It’s month to month, but I’ll warn ya, the DYB Community is AWESOME and you wont want to leave. DYB Café for $1
I started my business, Supreme Painting, in 1985. I was cruising along doing okay.
I was tired of doing okay.
I was ready to scale my business, but every time I got to about eight painters, I spent six hours a day running around taking care of their needs.
I knew I could not grow my company this way.
I live in Fort Worth, TX. Loop 820 is a highway that goes all around Fort Worth. Sometimes I would drive around the loop three times in one day just handling things that the painters needed.
I knew I need a better process. I started writing the processes needed to be able to scale. I did not have a good way to implement these processes.
I heard about Steve Burnett with Burnett Painting about a year before his book came out.
When it came out, I bought, read it, and knew I needed to model my business after his. I'm the kind of guy that tries everything new to see if there is a better way. When Steve offered a free estimating program, I jumped on it.
When I got the estimating program, I also got an offer to join the DYB Community, which I accepted.
Shortly after entering the community, I joined a mastermind group and then eventually did 1-1 coaching with Steve every other week, and I still do to this day.
I started using the apps Steve suggested.
All the processes that I had earlier started were being implemented much easier and the guys were buying into them.
What? This stuff works?! Amazing.
Everything started running much smoother. I do still work in the business by estimating; however, I very seldom go to a job.
I have a Project Manager that takes care of the day to day duties. I also have a salesperson that I am training and have been afforded the luxury of my wife quitting her job to work with me.
I have doubled my paycheck because of the efficiency I have learned in the DYB System and now have time to help other painting contractors to do the same as I have just completed my DYB Coach Certification...
I'm launching my first Mastermind Group where I will help you to stop driving around all day, working IN the business and start working ON the business.
If you are letting your business run you and not running your business, let's implement the DYB System for your company and get your freedom back.
We'll be unpacking the DYB System, and programs like Basecamp, Estimate Rocket, T-Sheets, and the list goes on and on. Before you know it, you, too, could be making twice as much while working a 30 Hour Work Week, but there are only 3 spots left, so grab your spot now, here.
If you are already a DYB Member, you can simply upgrade here.