How and when did you both enter the decorating industry?
Peter – I couldn’t find work in my field (Telecommunication) and I always like to paint so I decided to work as a painter.
Chris – After leaving my corporate job as IT administrator to branch out on my own I had more time on my hands and started helping Peter with some painting projects which turned into a passion.
What first made you decide to create your own products?
Peter – Lack of fresh approach in the painting and decorating sector. Improving efficiency.
Chris – to help anyone achieve best possible results.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to launch their own product in the decorating industry?
Peter – it is all about solving actual problems and having passion for what you do.
Chris -love what you do, do the time, take the risk, have a vision and most importantly believe in yourself and your product.
What’s your favourite part of running your own business?
Peter – meeting with decorators and business owners from around the world.
Chris – Education and personal development as well as the opportunity to travel and visit family and friends in Europe.
What’s your least favourite part of running your own business?
Peter – very long hours especially when dealing with customers from Europe. Time difference means that I still work at night till late. This is the only way for me to communicate with customers. Sacrificing family time.
Chris – Full on travel days, opening laptop after dinner to get all the work that piled up during the day done. And those late nights out ( always sounds like a good idea at the time but rarely is) short sleep before it begins again.
Have you ever felt like giving up on the business? If so, what helped you persevere?
Peter – I have never felt like giving up however I wanted to take a break as things were getting extremely intense.
Chris – No, I never expected to achieve great things instantly. While our goals might seem miles away, the small wins we have already achieved motivate me everyday.
What’s the biggest/funniest mistake you’ve made either as a decorator, or as the owner of 2fb? Your biggest ‘oh sh*t’ moment?
Peter – I sent my guys to start the new exterior job (plaster house). I ask them to wash the house and mask up all aluminium windows. I went to check the site later in the afternoon to find that nobody was there. I called my supervisor and after a short moment on the phone we realized that they are at the wrong address. Luckily they haven’t started painting the house so we quickly removed masking film and relocated to the correct house. The owner of that place must have been really surprised to come home to a nice and clean house.
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be the first 3 things you’d do with the money?
Peter – invest more money into TFB ideas.
Chris – I would move to a bigger house and fly my parents and my in-laws on business class to live with us for a while. I would also invest in TFB.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Peter – I would make endless supplies of food for hungry children.
Chris – End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
If you weren’t in the decorating industry, what would you be doing?
Peter – I most likely would end up working in the Telecommunication industry with fibre optics.
Chris – I would probably open an agency focused on using social for small businesses.
If you could change one thing about the decorating industry to improve it, what would it be?
Peter – give access to more knowledge to end users/painters.
Chris – the quote by Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper says it all.
“The most damaging phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way’.”
What do you get up to when you’re not producing high quality rollers? Any hobbies?
Peter – play football (soccer) on regular basis. I have been playing since I was 6 years old. By far biggest passion of mine.
Chris – For me cooking, I like cooking on my own, it is also fun to do as a family. Get my daughter in the kitchen to help me create the mess, my wife to help with dishes. It’s a wonderful way to spend time together.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice to make you a better business person, what would it be?
Peter – find a mentor as early as possible to help with personal and business development.
Chris – Planning will motivate you and give you a clearer direction of where you want to go. What you planned will probably change … be prepared and don’t stress too much. Pivot doesn’t mean tossing out all you achieved and starting from scratch
Thank you so much to Peter and Chris for taking the time to answer my questions. I love how they are living proof that the decorating industry has so many opportunities in it.
They have shared some brilliant insights here which I’m sure can help us all.
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Remember, I am looking to talk to as many decorators as possible over the coming months so we can share knowledge and hopefully raise the profile of the industry as a whole.
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