Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) - Richard Borders has launched his Fresh Coat Painters franchise to serve residents and business owners of Lexington, Ky., and its surrounding communities.
For Borders, his new business answered a desire for a level of professionalism without the structure of the "corporate grind" where he had worked for nearly two decades dealing with the ups and downs of the balance sheets in various financial roles.
"I've spent the last year or so evaluating franchises," he said. "What I found was that in most cases the costs were too high to get started because the business required you to buy expensive equipment, lease or buy lots of land, and build or renovate a structure."
After crunching the numbers, Borders said Fresh Coat provided him with the right balance of reasonable costs and a professional business plan.
"Everybody was impressive," he said. "It's clear that Fresh Coat wants to upgrade the reputation of painting services by making them into professional services. They have a commitment to maintaining a reputation for quality and client satisfaction."
Bernie Brozek, president of Fresh Coat, said that commitment sets it apart from many others.
"Our owners understand that running a painting business isn't about painting," he said. "It's about the client's entire experience from that first call to the job completion and beyond. It's about building a long-term relationship."
For that reason, Borders will spend most of his time promoting the business while his client services manager and his painters actually complete the projects.
"I'm a terrible painter," he said. "I get paint all over everything – the floors, chairs, everywhere. Like I told my painters, one look at my work and they would all say to leave the painting to them. And, I'm happy to let them. Things do work best when everybody does their own jobs."
Brozek said the company's research has found that the business model satisfies both owners and their employees.
"Because Fresh Coat hires only employees, never subcontractors, our model offers stability to painters in a high-demand industry with too many fly-by-night operators," he said. "And our owners get our ongoing support because one of our primary goals is helping our franchisees succeed with quality marketing, training and resource materials."
Among those materials are several client assistance programs, such as a 24/7 call center, Paint Now-Pay Later 12-months-same-as-cash financing, Automatic Touch-Up for businesses, and fund-raising opportunities for charities. Borders said that the 24/7 call center is especially impressive because he has found from conversations with friends that making contact with any service person is difficult.
"You just keep calling. Sometimes you get a recording. Often the number is disconnected. You leave messages and no one calls you back. I've heard those stories over and over," he said. "People don't expect a painter to have a 24/7 call center or provide on-the-spot accurate pricing. It just puts a very professional spin to the entire process."
In fact, he said, his friends raised an eyebrow when he told them he was launching a painting company.
"But I'd just say 'hear me out,' then explain the philosophy of Fresh Coat," he said. "The demand is there. Everybody needs something painted – a room, a house, whatever – or a deck stained, so if you treat the client professionally, you can build a highly successful, long-term business. Once they heard me out, they 'got it' because they all had painting projects that immediately came to mind. Like I said, everybody needs something painted."
To learn more or to schedule an on-site quote for residential or commercial projects in Lexington and surrounding areas, call 859-309-6678 or visit http://www.freshcoatlexington.com.
Founded in 2004 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Fresh Coat Painters provides services for residential, commercial and governmental customers in more than 100 major cities across the United States and Canada. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association's Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. For more information, call 866-708-9355 or visit http://www.freshcoatpainters.com.