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EP47: Shawn Derby Half Million Dollar Painting Business in Just 2 Years Shooting for $1.5M


In this episode of the DYB Podcast, Steve shares the mic with Shawn Derby of Sir Paints a Lot, a painting business that set its roots in Montana and flourished in Oregon.

Shawn discusses the different elements that turned his high school gig into a successful business, including faith, love for his family, and a work culture that empowers his employees.



– Leadership and Team-Building Tips
– How to build an exceptional culture that empowers employees
– The role of marriage and family in the success of a business
– How to plan the path forward to tripling revenue in 2019




[03:22] “You just don’t hire the first person that you like in an interview. You need to vet them and make sure they have a hunger and a drive to get a job done even if it’s not something that they don’t particularly enjoy.”

[25:14] “I think the biggest paradigm shift has been switching my mind from a technician’s background… and really working on your business and trying to empower people to make the choices themselves and let this be their success.”

[26:21] “If you’re just directing them, all they are is a bunch of go here, go there people. You’re not going to deliver the right experience if you have to tell your crew lead to talk to your client and make sure they’re happy.”

[38:07] “These books that these authors write really are peering into the minds of these geniuses so I’ve been digging through every book I possibly can.”

[39:10] “Take pause, capture at least three takeaways and implement them.”



[04:30] Shawn’s life before Sir Paints a Lot
[19:48] Revenue breakdown from year 1 to present
[29:10] A “secret sauce” both Steve and Shawn share
[31:29] Shawn discusses the successful programs that he implemented
[36:57] Shawn targets 1.5 million in revenue
[40:34] Books that had an impact on Shawn



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Basecamp – Project management software

GroupMe – Team chatting and segmenting work

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Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt – Goal-setting planner

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg

Who’s In Your Room by Dr. Misner


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Here’s the pictured Shawn mentioned at [2:13] when he worked a 24-hour shift, went home for a 4-hour nap and then got right back up and did another 32 hours of sanding cabinets!


About the Author

As a newly single father of two from MI, he struggled to start over as a paint contractor in FL, going door to door. His situation was so bad, even the IRS had mercy on him.

 Feeling completely hopeless, he remembered the story of King Solomon praying for wisdom. Could it be so easy? 

He felt he had absolutely nothing to lose. So, as a bankrupt, divorced, high school dropout, single father of 2 young kids, now living 1250 miles away from all friends and family, started to pray for wisdom.
 And while he continues to wait for the wisdom to arrive, what did come was an insatiable desire to learn and read books… 
Thanks to God for giving him the burning passion to read books, and attend seminars, (oh and winning the wife lottery) he not only cracks the success code and overcomes the struggle, but also streamlines his painting business in less than 3 years, published a how to book, then sold the company. Now he leads a business coaching company for painting contractors so he can help other businesses, like yours, to do the same. Hear more... Or