Instead of being bossed around this summer, one Western Michigan University student will be his making all of the decisions for his own painting company.
Jake Debs, sophomore business management major, will be managing and running his own crew of painters with the company Student Painters.
Student Painters has been around since 1987 and has branches in 15 states throughout the country, according to Debs. He said Student Painters is an entrepreneurial internship that has students manager, hire and run their own painting companies and crews.
According to the Student Painters website, the company trains students to make decisions, handle change and deal with issues in a real-world business setting.
“[Student Painters] gives experience you need and can make some decent money,” Debs said.
When Student Painter representatives came to one of Deb’s classes, Deb said that he hadn’t thought about doing an internship. Deb decided to pursue the experience after the representative’s presentation.
“This came up first and seemed exciting,” Deb said. “I do want to run my own business and be my own boss.”
Debs said that he is charge of hiring his own crew, which will be four WMU students. He is still in the process of hiring people for the summer.
A very successful painting group, as a whole, can make $60,000 over the summer, according to Deb. He said that the amount of money made depends on how much work is put into the company and how well the business is run.
Deb said although a lot of money can be made, he is in it more for the experience than the money. He said that the money he does make will help pay for school, which is why he wants to hire other WMU students for his crew.
Students are not alone in running these businesses. They each have a mentor, a student that ran a successful painting company the previous year, to act as guides if they get stuck, Deb said.
Deb said he has been marketing since March with flyers, going door-to-door and other various methods.
Deb and his crew will start painting between May 8 and 15 and wrap up in August around the time WMU begins their fall semester.
“I’ll be doing some of the painting myself, working 60 to 70 hours a week,” Deb said.
Deb said that several people have told him that they got jobs based on their experience in Student Painters.