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Becoming A Color Consultant

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I was recently asked by a high school student –

“How did you know you wanted to be a color consultant?”

I was just a little embarrassed to answer, “I didn’t!”

Life takes you down many roads and I was always one to “go with the flow.” One job lead me to another to another… .

I have always been artsy-fartsy. But a horrible art teacher in high school convinced me my talent was subpar and – at the time – I believed him, I guess. I did nothing in the field for 40 years! Of course I tastefully decorated my and my friends’ apartments, and also became a prolific DIYer, but never again played with a color wheel.

Until 10 years ago.

A neighbor with whom I shared a passion for home improvement projects suggested we turn our interest and expertise in that booming industry into a consulting business of sorts. We both had the backgrounds – she was a graphic designer and DIYer and I, a self-taught renovation product specialist. Over several months, we narrowed our focus to paint color selection. In our neighborhood, it was a perfect fit. People were redoing/adding on to their homes and needed help with color selections that would tie the whole house together.

I had recognized that I had a natural talent for color/lighting and mood – the psychology of color – and my years as a public relations specialist made me confident that I could express to my clients “why” a specific color worked for them.

Fast forward 10 years and I now enjoy using my creativity and artistic talents every day. We even refined our business model into a franchise opportunity for others with a similar desire to utilize their artistic skills. Sometimes I think “what if” I had been encouraged by that teacher long ago, and also – why the heck did I even listen to him?! But it’s never too late to recognize your talent – and combine it with your own life experiences – and make a go of it as a business!

If this story resonates with you and you too have an eye for color, maybe paint color consulting is for you. Join us! Check out americascolorconsultants.com/franchise for more information, or call me personally to compare notes (703-362-3131).

Susan Mintz, Co-Founder, America’s Color Consultants

Your Top 3 Color Consultant Franchise Questions Answered

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We get a lot of emails and phone calls about what it means to own an America’s Color Consultants franchise and how to get started. Here are the top three questions we get from those of you looking to supplement your household income with a part-time job, change your full-time career, or give your design degree a competitive (and potentially lucrative) edge.

What does an America’s Color Consultant do?

Think of an America’s Color Consultant as the America’s approachable interior designer; all the color theory, lighting, and home decor experience coupled with the ability to help homeowners get the most out of what they currently have. Our consultants use their experience and expertise to identify what colors their clients are attracted to, what colors would make the best use of the available space and light, and what colors would bring out the best of their home’s features and furnishings.

Why would someone hire a paint color consultant?

Anyone who has ever attempted to pick out the perfect paint sample knows how much time, money, and energy goes into finding the right color, especially if the color isn’t right after it goes on. America’s Color Consultants remove the stress and mess of paint samples and help mediate color disagreements when couples don’t see eye to eye.

“The home is a crucial part of a person’s identity,” said Florence Jones, co-founder of America’s Color Consultants. “Once you find a color that resonates in a space, it can go a long way to making everyone feel like they belong there.”

What does it take to be a franchise owner?

While there are franchise costs associated with the established branding, marketing, and training, the most important part of being an America’s Color Consultant franchise owner is the passion for home decor, color, customer service, and personal success. Like any entrepreneurial endeavor, you’ll get out of it what you put into it in terms of marketing, customer service, word-of-mouth referrals, passion, and elbow grease.

Our franchise owners enjoy our owner-operated, home-based business model that has the freedom and flexibility without being a traditional brick-and-mortar storefront. “One of the best parts of being part of this brand is that all of us are self-employed, but we don’t work alone,” adds Jones. “We see each other as partners who promote each other, help each other and the industry.”

Have more questions? We have more answers! Click here to get started or stop by our booth at the Women Empower Expo on May 27th, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Color Trends

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2017 As winter ends and spring approaches, the urge to freshen up our home begins – consider purple.

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Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2017 is BM 2117-30 Shadow. I like purple for walls, this purple is very dark, neutral and cozy. Because it is richer purple you would definitely need to be a purple lover to use this color. In this picture purple is used as an accent wall creating a high contrast between the deep purple, the weathered textured wood wall, the white floor and white ceiling.

Need help choosing the perfect purple, contact Americas Color Consultants

Why would you not want to save time & money?

Save time and money with a paint color consultant – Scenario – You have made a decision to repaint your house, when you bought your home 5 years ago it was freshly painted an off white. The years have gone by and you have become tired of the off-white. You watch a few DIY home shows and decide, no problem I can do this myself. You head off to your local paint store and find the perfect paint chips take them home and “what were you thinking”? So you head back to the store to try again, and again, and again. Finally you make a decision and you buy a sample pot. You paint a nice neat square on your wall and OMG “it is nothing like the paint chip” so back to the store for another sample pot, and another, and another.

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The question is what is your time worth? Not to mention the sample pots? DIY home shows tell you, you can do it, but really do not tell you how to do it. Paint color consultants however, are educated on color and have years of experience. The hours, days and weeks it takes you, it takes a trained paint color consultant just a few hours.

The testimonial America’s Color Consultants gets the most is “The best $250 I ever spent”

Why Become an America’s Color Consultant

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Transition Time

Summer is ending but fall is coming. Along with the cooler weather fall brings, it’s also a transition time. Summer vacations and summer camps end, and kids go back to school. It doesn’t just have to be a transition for them, it can also be one for the stay at home parent. With the kids back in school, having a job with flexible hours is a great benefit. America’s Color Consultants (ACC) offers just that with our home based business model. Florence and Susan understand the importance of having quality time with your family, but also still wanting to work. Although that may seem impossible, it’s not. With an America’s Color Consulting franchise you can work while the kids are in school and still be on time to pick them up from the bus stop. If you are a mom or dad looking for a flexible work schedule, and have an eye for color ACC may be for you. To learn more about how ACC got started please go to our website  http://www.americascolorconsultants.com/story

Why Become an America’s Color Consultant

NOW YOU ARE YOUR BOSS!

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SCHEDULES & DEADLINES – When you own your own business you need to set deadlines and goals for yourself. Your mindset has flipped from employee to owner.   As an America’s Color Consultant franchisee, you can work Part-Time or Full-Time with no pressure. Want to volunteer in your child’s classroom? – yes! Need to care for your elderly parents? – please do it! We’ve been through these phases of life and find the joy and satisfaction of being there for family members is more valuable than anything. As well as investing into a proven business model America’s Color Consultants, co-founders Florence Jones and Susan Mintz are always available to further train, coach, assist, motivate and emotionally support franchisees as they move long their colorful journey!

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Why Become an America’s Color Consultant

I recently read an article by Christine Kane “The Psychology of Going From Employee to Business Owner” and as a new franchisor, had some thoughts about how it related to America’s Color Consultants’ approach to entrepreneurship.

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NOW YOU ARE YOUR BOSS!

Yes, a very different experience than being an employee – and it needs a different approach and motivation.   You’re now the one who sets your schedule, manages your time, makes the “rules” and keeps the books. Ack! While some venturing out on their own are totally prepared, or hire consultants or coaches to get them started, others turn to a franchise system: the support and systems have already been created and you adjust it to your immediate needs and professional goals.

At America’s Color Consultants, co-founders Florence Jones and Susan Mintz are always available to further train, coach, assist, motivate and emotionally support franchisees as they move long their colorful journey!

www.americascolorconsultants.com