by Devon Osborne
This week, we are shining the spotlight on a highly-skilled exterior painter in Tucson, Arizona. Rafael Bayze of Bayze Painting has been in the painting business for over 5 years. Bayze Painting is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured and prides itself on providing consistently high-quality exterior painting services.
How did you get into the painting industry?
Rafael knew throughout his college career that he wanted to start his own business. Upon graduating from college with a business degree, Rafael was hired through the Manager Training Program with the top painting provider, Sherwin Williams.
“I never imagined that I’d start my own painting company until interviewing a couple of business owners and painting contractors,” said Bayze. After meeting many of the successful painting contractors in his area, he realized what a great living he could make which pushed him to start his own painting company. “After working for Sherwin Williams for 5 years, I had a great deal of knowledge about all different types of paint coatings. I thought to myself, “I could very well get my contractor’s license and create my own painting business.”
What challenges have you faced as a business owner?
Bayze Painting specializes in exterior painting jobs. “Exterior painting is my favorite of all painting projects since most of the time it involves using a spray paint machine. I love spraying, as well as being outside.” One challenge that Bayze mentioned is the weather. Especially when focusing on exterior work, you need the weather to cooperate! It can also sometimes be hard to reach or get to certain areas that need to be painted, but nothing will stop Rafael from getting the job done right!
Some of the most notable challenges that Bayze encountered were during the COVID pandemic. There were new challenges being faced in all aspects of the business. From the price of materials increasing to them becoming more difficult to come by due to shortages, navigating this new situation was not an easy task. It was also tough hiring new employees. Jobs would continue to come in, but Bayze didn’t always have enough manpower to take them all on.
What are some lessons that you have learned through the years?
There are several important lessons that Rafael has learned from owning his painting business including:
- Don’t rush into anything that you might not be completely comfortable with
- Always keep your word and follow through with the things you say you’ll do.
- Always continue learning
- Try to keep a positive attitude during difficult times.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
Aside from his friends that he had met working with Sherwin Williams, Rafael’s mother and father have always been two of his biggest supporters. He notes that his mother is one of his biggest inspirations. “She was always there to give and show support. During the difficult times when I first started, she always kept me motivated telling me, “Your hard work will pay off faster than you think.”
What advice would you offer to your younger self?
“Never be scared to take a risk if you know it pays off in the end,” says Rafael. He would also tell himself to try and look towards the future to learn how you want your business to be in the future by making small and big goals and achieving them. He also notes the importance of learning from your mistakes and taking the time to learn and see what can be improved upon. Most importantly though, he would tell himself to always have fun and love what you do.
What are your future goals for your business?
“I never would have imagined that I would have created a successful painting business,” says Bayze. His future goals include continuing to grow the Bayze Painting business and helping others. Within the next 5 years, he would like to add HVAC and Plumbing services to his expertise and even extend to include full remodeling services within the next 10.
How has using 99 Calls’ lead generation services helped your business grow?
“99 Calls has helped me out tremendously! I highly recommend 99 Calls for people that are just starting a business as well as business owners who are looking to grow their business. I get compliments all the time from the website that was also created by 99 Calls. It’s great to have a lead provider that not only provides excellent customer service but also handles my website and marketing.”