Business Questions

These days, employers are looking for work-related experience… and many will overlook the notable, quite perfect GPA if they find a candidate with this kind of training

Planning Job Choices

Previous Experience

I have no managerial or painting experience.

How do I know I will succeed?

Fewer than 20% of our new Owner / Operators have had any previous managerial or painting experience. You must begin by recognizing what it takes to be successful. While your friends are relaxing on spring weekends, you will be setting up your summer. When exams are over and papers are in, the hours will be longer than any job you have had before. With our training and guidance, you success is based on how much effort you put into your business.

Thousands have gone before you and have been successful. Like you, they were university and college students, not super-human. What made them successful was their desire to stand above the crowd and lay the foundations for their future.

How do I?

How do I make money?

As you will be running a business, you make money based on the profit that your business generates (see financials). Every two weeks at the same time you pay your painters, you may withdraw profit from your account. Expect to draw your first profit cheque four weeks or $10,000 into production. Most of your profit comes in the last two months of the summer (July, August)

How do I find employees?

Studentworks provides recruiting materials and the training necessary to source good people. The main ways are through networking, putting up posters, classified ads, job fairs, booths, student employment organizations and various websites.

How do I find clients?

Studentworks will provide you with marketing materials and a system for using them. If the marketing systems are being followed, leads for jobs will be found.

Do I Need?

How much money do I have to pay Student Works up front?

Student Works does not take any money up front. We charge a percentage on sales through the summer plus an administration fee. Due to this fact, it is important that we find the right people, as we invest a lot in each individual prior to seeing any revenue. We cannot succeed without our Operators succeeding.

Do I need equipment?

Standard painting equipment is needed, such as ladders, drop clothes, brushes and other materials needed to apply paint. There are a few options available to students. Some will buy used equipment from past Operators; some will use the credit line that we establish on behalf of all Operators. When your summer(s) are over this equipment can be readily re-sold usually for half to three quarters purchase price.


My studies are my number one priority.

How can I put in 10-15 hours per week while still in school?

At Student Works we have all been through this program and were once all students with school at the top of our priority list. We specialize in helping students to manage their time around their school and extracurricular commitments. In fact, a number of students put in far more than 10-15 hours per week as they have set their goals a little higher and yet they still excel in school. Students who have gone through the program almost without exception find their marks go up due to the much better time management and organizational skills they develop.

I’m not a business student, can I do this?

We sign people up from all faculties. The experience gained from this is invaluable in all respects and will help student in securing post-graduate employment in virtually any field. Doctors, lawyers, architects, administrators, teachers; they all may run their own businesses some day.

profiles of successful student works operators

Don't Be Shy

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Ultimate Business Experience

Student Works is in the business of developing leaders. 1000s of motivated students have taken up the challenge of a summer under the Student Works umbrella.

Summer Earnings

Actual Business Plans reflecting a financial range from acceptable performance to more aggressive plans for Your student run summer business.

Business Questions

Learn from the thousands that have gone before you. Like you, they were university students with the desire to stand above the crowd and to lay the foundations for their future.

Profiles of Success

StudentWorks Alumni are extremely successful, involved in exciting opportunities around the globe, in roles of leadership, earning income levels above peers; at younger ages than most.

Starting Your Own Business is a Stroke of Genius

Be A Business Leader

Student Works is in the business of creating leaders by recruiting, training and coaching the best students across Canada

Studentworks Painting has created many successful Canadian business leaders while providing summer employment for students

Previous Operators Speak

Running a Student Business

Listen to an original rap on Ben’s experience...

Challenge Worth Taking On

Realize it will be a challenge, but come August it’s worth it.

Every Tiny Detail To Run a Business

Student Works provides every tiny detail of information to run a business and how to become successful. The company gave me the starting knowledge and continuous help in running this great business.

Ashley, Regina