About Eric Barstow

about-ericI’m Eric, the founder of Painting Business Pro. I’ve been in the painting business for my entire working life.

For the first 6 years of my painting business career I recruited, trained, and mentored other college students to start and run their own painting company. I had the backing of a large national company that provided this internship.

I worked 50-60 hours a week and trained over 100 college students, who had no prior painting or business experience, to run a successful painting company.

After graduating with a degree in economics and business, I started my own painting business in late 2010. Our company has grown from a small $150,000 business in our first year, to over $3,000,000 in sales in 2016.

I am also the co-owner of Painter Choice, a national lead provider for painting contractors. Over 1500 homeowners every month use our service to find a painting contractor, and we play the matchmaker.

In 2013, I started Painting Business Pro to teach people how to start and build their own painting companies following the principles I had learned and taught.

Over the last few years, Painting Business Pro has become the largest online resource for starting and building a successful painting company. I love hearing success stories and sharing everything I have learned to help others follow in my footsteps.

If I had to sum up my life I would break it into 4 primary commitments..

1. Friends, Family, and Relationships. I think my relationships are about all that I have at the end of the day. No matter how much success you have… if you have nobody to share it with, what’s the point anyways.

2. Business & Entrepreneurship. I love to create businesses, create value, and make systems that work. I just love engineering a well made business. Entrepreneurship provides an incredible opportunity and I think everyone should take advantage of it!

3. Training, Coaching, & Giving Back. I’ve learned so much, and I love to share everything that I have learned. I coached over 75 people to start their own business, and have coached dozens more in personal coaching. I intend to make a big impact on the world!

4. Recreation, Travel, and Leisure. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much fun. When I go on vacation for a month or sometimes even two months without working, I get depressed. There is nothing as exciting as getting back to work after a long vacation! So I love to balance my life, so I’m always looking forward to something. Sometimes I’m looking forward to work, and sometimes I’m looking forward to vacation.

It wasn’t easy to be successful in my own business when I started… but I promise, it’s worth it. Here are some pictures from my last couple of years. Be an entrepreneur and live life!

If you run a painting business, or plan on starting one, I would strongly recommend my course, Painting Business Pro.

You can also find my free resources here: