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Old 03-24-2019, 07:57 PM   #1
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how many businesses are just a 1 man show? what kinda jobs are your favorite as a 1 man show?
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One man show, here.
Occasionally, hire a helper.
I'm only doing interiors, and keeping busy.

Best job ?
The one where the check is ready, when I am ready to collect.
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One man show, here.
Occasionally, hire a helper.
I'm only doing interiors, and keeping busy.

Best job ?
The one where the check is ready, when I am ready to collect.
...does that "helper" get a 1099 or a W-2...?...
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...does that "helper" get a 1099 or a W-2...?...
"LOL"

I use an inner-city temp agency.

And you....?
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...does that "helper" get a 1099 or a W-2...?...
"LOL"

I use an inner-city temp agency.

And you....?
...nothing yet...but I'm liking what I'm hearing about the temp agency route...will be looking in my area soon...just curious what others are doing to deal with the labor burden...
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I HAVE been burned a couple times, with guys that have very little work ethic.
But usually , most are ok.
The best worker I have got to say are the females. True story.

I prefer to get one of my sons lined up, but .....
One is 'white collar' , the other is a LEO, and neither are interested in painting, however.

I would definitely give the temp agency route, a try.
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I hire helpers sporadically. I just pay them cash, as they usually aren't around very long.
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Last year I was on my own. Concentrating mostly on kitchen cabinets.The year before I had 3 guys/girls. It's nice having atleast 1 extra set of hands so you can take on bigger jobs without breaking your back..

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One man show, here.
Occasionally, hire a helper.
I'm only doing interiors, and keeping busy.

Best job ?
The one where the check is ready, when I am ready to collect.
Same here! Plus I have been known to partner up with an other indie who specializes in exterior work so if I get an interior/exterior job we join forces on a case by case basis. He does the same if he lands the contract. Then we go our own way after such joint endeavors.
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how many businesses are just a 1 man show? what kinda jobs are your favorite as a 1 man show?
Started as a one-man show, now fluctuate between two and three employees, maybe four this summer (I personally don't want to be any bigger, as I enjoy the work, and do not enjoy the stress that comes with more employees).


The "Best Jobs" are The Customers.
The best jobs are the customer's that keep coming back. You will begin to recognize which customer's appreciate what you do; they will call you "their painter". Focus on these jobs, disregard the one-offs as soon as you can.

Build a client base with satisfied customers and you will gradually stay busy all year.
Never leave a job until you have satisfied or exceeded their expectations.
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