Why We’re Painters

Recently, people in the know about such things have convinced me of the value of blogging about our business.  I never thought of myself as a blogger.  In fact, I don’t think I have ever read a blog.  In spite of these facts, here I am, blogging…a blogger!

I suppose I do have a few things to say about the business and industry that have provided my livelihood over the past 35 years.  We’ll see where this goes.

Though I have a tendency to get caught up in things to complain about, there is, and always has been way more to celebrate and for which to be grateful.  I’d absolutely say that the single best thing about our business is the many remarkable relationships we have formed with our customers and suppliers.  I am renewed every time our phone rings and a familiar, or new, voice expresses a need for our work.  I am thrilled to run into a customer at the grocery store, or Starbucks, and hear them praise our employees and the results of our work.  It is really great to live in, and be a part of, the community in which so much of our work is performed.

For many, the work they do is merely a means by which they put food on the table.  The painting and finishing business has always been way more than that for me….although it did, indeed, start out as that.  Being involved in making the spaces in which lives are lived beautiful and comfortable is really rewarding.  Being able to create an environment for talented craftspeople to celebrate their creativity and earn an honest living is equally rewarding.  Though I could easily use this forum as a platform to voice complaints…I have a few, at least for today, I choose to look on the bright side and give thanks for the great gifts our business brings to me, our customers and our awesome, talented and hard working employees.

Thanks for listening,

Steve Ragsdale

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