Business coaching for commercial painters and coatings contractors

The base of long lasting success for painters is profitability. Whether you specialise in industrial exteriors, protective coatings, line marking or finishings for commercial builds, your effort deserves to show up in your bank account.

Explore what’s possible when your technical skills are multiplied by Tenfold’s business knowledge for profitable painting and coatings contractor companies.

Take your painting business to the next level with Tenfold Business Coaching

Big picture strategies and coaching for painters

Know your numbers

If you’re not sure how much net profit you’re making on every job, there’s a risk money is dripping out.

Get advice to improve your margins.

Get ahead of the pack

Stand out as the go-to contractor in the highly competitive field of painters.

Secure a profitable niche, and win the jobs you want: profitable ones.

Be in control

A healthy coatings business is like a good pump: all the parts work to deliver the right flow of outcomes.

Control the gears that drive profit:
Sales | Productivity | Margins

Bulletproof your business

Protect your coatings business from the knocks.

Realistic planning and resource management to run a productive and predictable business.

Lead a high performing team

Attract and retain a reliable crew of trade qualified painters, apprentices and supervisors.

Create a collaborative team that can be relied on through thick and thin.

Freedom to Choose

Work ON your business, not in it.

Take your business to the next level, or just take time off without thinking about site prep. Experience real financial freedom.

Back your commercial coatings contracting business growth with:

Financial tools to track and improve performanceNext-level strategies for your big pictureBest practices for pricing, systems and cost controlManagement coaching for productive crews

Back your coatings and painting business with smart strategies for bankable growth

Business Coaching Firm of the Year for growing Australian businesses

Awarded: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

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Business coaching for commercial painters provides intel and accountability

The right advice and actions to get real results.


You wouldn’t guess about curing times, so don’t make guesses in your business.

You know what you know. And as business coaches, we know how to drive results for painting specialists. Our experience in the commercial sector helps you make informed decisions to improve your coatings business. And we’ll keep you accountable to get the results your effort deserves.

Coaching supports your business with customised strategies for:

  • Best Practices for Productivity: Use best practices from top performing crews to improve the efficiency of jobs. Embed quality standards to reduce rework.
  • Consistent Profits: Maximise the square metre rate per job with the right pricing for materials, labour and subbies. Control your costs and improve your margins: the 1%-ers add up.
  • Financial security: Ensure the cash flow sustains the growth requirements for the next stage of your business . Have cash banked for off-peak contingencies.

Take the guesswork out of your business. When you know better, you do better.


Experts in job management tools

We make systems work for your business.

Unlike other business coaches, we don’t force you change your job management systems to suit us.

Tenfold business coaches are multidisciplinary and system-agile.

Really, that just means that we know how to use lots of different systems to get the best for your business.

Leadership coaching to manage efficient crews

Lead high performing crews of reliable employees and subbies

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commercial painters painting an interior
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Painting is a physically demanding job, where precision at fast pace is paramount. There’s high demand for capable painters, however the industry seeing a drop off in new entrants and drop outs of experienced workers.

This puts pressure on employers to recruit, train and retain their team well.

With the majority of costs being labour, business coaching for commercial coatings and painters focuses on building efficient crews of employees, subbies and specialist contractors. Some of the key areas we work on with you are:

  • Repeatable Training: Implementing standard operating procedures to accelerate site prep and reduce the risk of mistakes and wastage, and make every job as “set and forget” as possible.
  • Recruiting and Retaining: Attract quick learners and hard workers (and filtering out not suitable), and keeping the good operators with right-size salaries and role development.
  • Management Training for Team Leaders and Supervisors: Develop the leadership skills of your site leaders. Build their knowledge of how to manage well-run jobs: delegation, training labourers, setting high quality standards and attention to detail.

Back your business growth with a solid team. Explore what’s possible today.

Specialisation to advance your painting business

Business coaching uses industry insights to give your business a competitive edge

To an outsider, painting looks simple. Prep, cut in, paint, finish. But people within the industry understand the technical complexities across jobs, from faced-paced interior jobs in multi-storey apartments to warehouse line markings and industrial exteriors. It takes experience to understand the variability of different coatings applied to different surfaces in different environmental conditions to achieve specific colour finishes.

It’s specialised trade but with low set up costs (particularly for domestic painting) it’s an attractive industry sector for unqualified operators. Competition is fierce among low priced contractors, so it’s crucial to set yourself apart by the quality of your work.

Supplier accreditation can be important as endorsement from respected suppliers can be seen as a mark of proficiency. Similarly, we coach our painter clients to target coatings specified by architects; these premium finishes require the builder to use the stipulated product and in many cases must also use an accredited painter.

With serious costs and little room for margin of error, you need to minimise mistakes and maximise margins. As specialist business coaches to the trades construction industry we know the pressure on profitability. It’s why we invest time researching innovation in the industry that can give our clients an edge.

Certain speciality products such as bespoke decorator coatings, antimicrobial paints, VOC-free paint create opportunities for advanced painters. End users investing in specialty products are often prepared to pay a premium for their coating to be applied correctly. At Tenfold Business Coaching we explore opportunities to give your business an advantage, focusing on the markets you specialise in and your operational methods.

Tenfold business coaches specialise in growth strategies for experienced coatings contractors. As Australia’s most awarded coaching firm, our effort shows where it counts: on your bottom line.

Take your commercial coatings and painting business to the next level with Tenfold Business Coaching

Expert Advice | Smart Strategies | Real Results