How to Win Over “Unemployment”

By Kerry Knight

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The job reports that have come out in the last few months are very deceiving.  Our job-challenged, sluggisheconomy hasn’t gotten any better over the last few years, and reports about the actual numbers of those currently unemployed are hiding some alarming secrets.

First, “unemployment” rolls don’t tell the whole story.  A very large number of those who are no longer showing up as “unemployed” have simply stopped looking for work.  Why?  They have given up hope.  No one is hiring them.

Second, a large number of those who have finally found work have gone into part-time jobs.  That’s right.  All they could find was part-time employment.  That is certainly not sufficient to maintain any kind of lifestyle, but it is all they could find.  How do you survive on a limited, part-time income?

Now, on a positive note, let’s talk about a way to win over this “unemployment” crisis.  Let’s put hope right where it belongs, in our own laps.  Let’s stop depending on government handouts and/or poor choices of part-time work.  Why not decide to go into business for yourself?  Yes, there is a risk, but there is a greater risk by doing nothing.

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There is a fantastic business that you go into with very little capital upfront, which can help put you back on your financial feet.  It requires a set of hands-on skills that you can learn.  It’s called Bath and Kitchen Refinishing.  It involves refinishing, restoring and resurfacing old surfaces to make them look like new again, without the huge expense of tearing them out and replacing them with new fixtures. 

Let’s look at something as simple as a bathtub.  Old tubs can become damaged due to chips, scratches, and cracks.  They can become faded over time, discolored, stained, and dull.  With refinishing, you can produce a new surface, shiny and bright, without having to remove a single thing, and the cost to the customer is about a fourth of what it would cost to take it out their old tub and replace it with a new one.

The same process applies to porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, cast iron, steel, and laminate, Formica, wood, ceramic and stone.  You can refinish bathtubs, sinks, countertops, appliances, cabinets and floors. The earning potential is significant, and you won’t have to depend upon anyone but yourself.  

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Tub King, Inc., offers an excellent, three-day training school in refinishing for under $500.  Our
internationally attended Bath & Kitchen Refinishing certifies participants in the art and craft of refinishing several different types of Clawfoot bathtubs, sinks, countertops, cabinets, tile, etc.

For the past decade, people from all over the world have traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to attend our class. Previous participants have hailed from Canada, Colombia, Spain and Germany and, of course, from all over the United States. The class runs Friday and Saturday, unless the class size is larger, in which case, the class is continued into Sunday. The class usually runs for a full eight hours each day with a free lunch included. The class is taught by Tub King’s Operation Manager, Mike Turner, who has been instructing the class for well over a year. 

 Bathroom and Kitchen Refinishing Class

During the class, participants learn about the entire refinishing process, repairing damaged bathtubs, spraying the tubs to make them look new, refinishing countertops, and more. The students are taught the various skills and then are able to practice in real-time, during the class. It’s here they’ll actually get hands-on experience in learning how refinish a variety of Clawfoot bathtubs, countertops, sinks, cabinets, etc.  At the conclusion of the class students, are awarded a Certificate of Completion as a trained refinishing professional.

Our in-depth curriculum includes: 
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  • An Overview of the Refinishing Industry              
  • How to Select the Right Equipment
  • Proper Preparation        
  • What are the Most Reliable Coating Products    
  • How to Refinish Porcelain (sinks and tubs)          
  • Striking Gold in Antique Clawfoot Bathtubs         
  • How to Refinish Fiberglass          
  • How to Do Spot Repairs
  • What are the Most Effective Cleaners 
  • How to Refinish Kitchen Countertops
  • How to Refinish Appliances        
  • How to Refinish Ceramic Tile      
  • How Refinish Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinets
  • How to Create Multi-speck Patterns
  • How to Refinish Concrete           
  • Bathtub Conversion (for Walk-in Tubs) for seniors           
  • Truck Bed liners (which is a separate business all in itself)             
  • How to Properly Set Up Your Business  
  • A Review of the Best Marketing & Advertising Strategies             
  • Using Key Strategies to Obtain Work for Months          

The class empowers students to be able to work for themselves to change and improve their lives as a Upon completion, students “put up their shingle” and can earn a decent income by providing their professional services, whether it’s in commercial, residential or doing antique work.
certified refinisher.
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Equipment and coating materials are inexpensive and there are many avenues for advertising that are cheap. In fact, we also offer our students advertising assistance; so in addition to offering expert hands-on training, the class also addresses marketing techniques to help our students’ get started with their refinishing business. We offer marketing assistance in the form of brochures, advertisements, and flyers. 

We also have an active referral program. Every class graduate is added to Tub King’s database of certified refinishers. When someone from another state contacts us to find out if we’d recommend a professional for any of their refinishing projects, we help them get in touch with one of our graduates who’s nearby them.  Tub King strongly feels that it’s not successful as a teacher if its students aren’t successful.

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So take a look at this opportunity.  It may be just the thing for you.  Stop depending on others for creating a better future for you.  Only you can do that for yourself.

In this article, I provided a solution to the issues surrounding our nation’s current “unemployment” figures. I then recommended that those looking to better their standing, look into Tub King’s internationally acclaimed Bath and Kitchen Refinishing course. I went into detail about the weekend course’s hands-on curriculum, and also mentioned some of the things we do to facilitate our graduates’ business success, in terms of setting up their business and marketing. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers.

If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.

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 Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to

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