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Old 02-19-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone,

I have decided to write another introduction to answer some questions about my experience. Not that I take it personally, (I don't), but so maybe some of you might better understand where im coming from, why I started my own company and why im asking the questions i ask.

I am 37 years old and have just recently decided to start up my own painting company, (and judging from the pictures on the "faces to names" post, I am probably on the younger side for starting my own biz.)

Why?
Last Summer my wife got a great job opportunity which she couldnt pass up. Unfortunatley its in the middle of nowhere (although a very wealthy no-where). After 4 months of looking for work, someone we met in the area asked me to give them a price to paint their exterior. This led to a couple more jobs, so i did what seemed logical.

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Amongst other things in between, I've worked for 2 paint contractors for a total of 7 years (one doing mostly interior repaints, the other a little of everything). The last 8 years i did building maintenance for a private boarding school (about 50% being painting and drywall). Also, for the last 6 years I have been doing my own side work in addition to moonlighting with a contractor who did remodeling and small drywall installs. Now I know most of you will not consider this 15 years experience, and i can accept that, but there it is.

To address a respone by TJpaint

I appreciate your response and agree with what you said. My "confidence" is a bit shaky right now because my "experience" with pricing jobs in the past has been so poor that a friend actually suggested I would be better off asking the HO what they wanted to pay me. Like a couple of you responded, I have many times double coated a cieling when only charging for one because I wasnt happy with it. Now that my sole income is coming only from the work i bid, I cant afford to be cheating myself before i even start a project. I guess coming in to this forum I expected to find some concrete pricing methods that were standard across the industry (this is not sacasm) But what ive found is more like
[ situation + quality of material + experience + willingness to adapt ]

Anyway, I am not a hack trying to make quick money ripping people off doing shoddy work. My goal is to create a successfull and honest business backed by quality results. I have alot to learn and I need to learn fast.

I joined this forum because I have been following these posts for a couple months and have come to respect the wealth of knowledge and community in these threads.

I do not want to offend anyone or make myself out to be more then I am.
Just like everyone else, I am doing what i need to do to pay the bills and provide for my family.

Check me out at HudsonQualityPainting.com

Feedback welcome.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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Anyway, I am not a hack trying to make quick money ripping people off doing shoddy work.
Then HOW do you expect to fit in HERE


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I do not want to offend anyone or make myself out to be more then I am.
now THAT, IMO, is what offends me the LEAST - being honest, humble, and not all puffed up.

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Welcome HQP. I respect your honesty. In order to gain the respect of other professionals one needs to operate as such. Too many start a business and then proceed over time to attempt to become a legitimate one(doing a lot of damage along the way). Have you looked into licensing in your area and obtaining the proper insurance and credentials? Try to align yourself with suppliers that will help you learn more about the materials you are applying. Read and learn as much as possible. Yes, this forum is a good place for information when used to supplement a knowledge base. I respect that you are interested in doing the right thing and best by your customers. There is a lot more to owning and operating a painting business than buying some paint and putting it on. It can be a tough crowd here, but a very knowledgeable and helpful one. The more knowledgeable and experienced you are/become the better it is for the industry as a whole. Best of luck.
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Use the search function to find some estimating tips. (there's a lot to weed through)

Try these Ben Moore webinars: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/f...ining-webinars

Download this free estimating tool. (I use it for what that's worth)

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/f...cost-estimator

Hope this is enough to get started.
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