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|04-11-2013, 02:04 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bend , Or
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So after being a member for almost a year I finally made my way back. My background was I painted in locals #4(San Fransisco, Ca) and #10 (Portland, Or) for 15 years before I thought I knew more than my boss and got my own license.
Until recently we chased everything and painted anything. Now we have a business plan and a marketing plan and focus on a very core niches. Its helped bring order to a chaotic enviroment.
I never appreciated what it was my former boss did. I thought being a well respected product applicator known for hard work and quality production was all I would need. Now I know those things have no bearing on success.
I had a short learning curve and took the position I want to own a company and not a job. I havent painted since last summer. I invested 20k of my own money and lost $2,300 on the year (for only half a year). Each job we did made money and stood on it's own, we just didnt do enough work. Our overhead expences are higher than our local competitors and we pay the highest wages. I never try to chase low ball work. During part of my sales pitch I tell people I am not the cheapest painter, however if during the process of the homeowner choosing a professional, if they find I am the cheapest please call me so I know to jack my prices up right away. Most people laugh, the ones that balk, I walk.
I don't know it all, as a matter of fact Im just a dumb Marine that fell into painting. So any input (except from local competitors) is always recieved, even if not well.
Im sure I have the same questions a lot of other people do, like how do I quickly grow my customer bases. What are good strategies for breaking into an established market .... ect. The up side is the recession decimated the local construction industry and in '07 there were 327 painters in my 60 mile radius ( I was still someone else employee at the time) but today (4/13) there are 118 of us, and most are one two guy operations just making it from job to job. I probably only have seven real competitors and all of them have been in business for 10+ years
So again, any suggestions Im interested in hearing them and dont forget
Advanced Product Applications ..... 'cause it aint just paint
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|04-11-2013, 05:35 PM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Huntsville Alabama
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Welcome to PT. Bend is a beautiful little city.
|04-11-2013, 08:50 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2012
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