Two months before most colleges let out for the summer, Dayne Porter already has a job that pays an honest wage, provides valuable sales experience and fulfills an internship requirement at Clemson University, where he studies as a business management major.
He is painting houses in the Augusta area.
“Who else can say they are 22 and running an almost $100,000 business?” said Porter, a college senior and local branch manager of Student Painters, a nationally accredited program that has crews operating in the Midwest and Southeast.
After managing teams in Anderson, S.C., for the past two years, the 2010 graduate of North Augusta High School said he decided to bring the program to his hometown after hearing local college students say they were having difficulty finding full-time work for the summer.
He has already lined up 10 house-painting jobs, and by the time his eight-student crew begins work in early May, he expects to have as many as 40 orders, or up to $100,000 of business, booked for the summer.
Right now, he is putting out bright-red yard signs, handing out “Hello Neighbor” fliers and interviewing students to help in preparation for a busy season.
Porter said the positions he hopes to fill on his staff pay between $8.50 and $15 an hour.
A thick manual will guide his business plan; a mentor from the program will oversee his operations; and local Sherwin-Williams representatives will train his staff to paint.
“When you think of painting houses, there is a certain stereotype that goes with it,” Porter said. “We’re taking a fresh approach by providing good-paying jobs to students in the area, while also bringing value to Augusta by making houses look nicer.