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EP16: Rob Youness Shares How To Succeed Using Subs and Employees


In this episode of DYB Podcast, Steve interviews Rob Youness, founder of Great Lakes Contracting & Painting, better known as 1.800.PAINTING. Rob talks about his early start in business and the different parts of his company, such as employees and marketing, that he has targeted over the years to gradually scale it to the success it is today.


  • The benefits of starting a company in a small town
  • The type of employees you need to grow your company
  • Why you should utilize Facebook for your business



“The one thing I would say is no one teaches you how to run a business. It’s something we’re all learning on the fly.”

“For those of you guys and gals that are just getting started, or maybe even five or six years in, but feel like you’re spinning your wheels, I think we’ve all been there and in some way shape or form are still there.”

“We’re not going to all have the same strengths.”

“There’s going to be ups and downs. Just try to implement a new thing every couple weeks to get your team on board. At the end of the year, you can say ‘I did this, this, this,’ and we had a better year because of it.”

“We’re all going through the same struggles, so don’t feel alone.”


[01:21] How Rob was able to start his business by taking many side jobs during his teenage years

[11:15] The struggles and successes Rob faced when starting his business

[24:28] How Rob created a bigger business by investing in his employees

[38:18] The niche markets Rob deals with and who he’s competing with

[43:24] How to easily book an estimate with Rob


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Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy



Mike Williams – Clikwiz

Google Calendar

Estimate Rocket

Great Lakes Contracting & Painting LLC

Contact Rob


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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