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Old 06-10-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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My name is chris

I have been painting with a crew for two years now and I am going to start up my own business painting I paint like a pro but the knowledge of the materials I would like to get to know.

I am here to ask questions and learn from the pros on this site.

Hello again

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Old 06-10-2011, 11:37 PM   #2
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There's plenty of good info here, both on materials and business. Make sure you take your time and look through the threads.

Good luck and welcome from South Florida.
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:02 AM   #3
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Wow, 2 years, I was on my own within 6 months, but I am a fast learner.

My advise keep working for paint contractors for a few more years. That's the best way to learn. Good Luck
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Wow, 2 years, I was on my own within 6 months, but I am a fast learner.

My advise keep working for paint contractors for a few more years. That's the best way to learn. Good Luck
2 years had to be sure in what I was doing and If I wanted to make a career out of it.

Now I am starting my own with some smarts.

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I remember thinking that in my 2nd year, I made cards and everything Looking back I'm soooo glad I continued being a employee. Good luck! What part of Cali you from?
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Hey there and welcome. I started on my own in April 2009 and its been an adventure so far to say the least. One piece of advice I could give you regarding starting out. It's a comfort having a part time job during your first year. It's can be tough early on till you build up a client list. Don't expect to just jump in and be busy all year around.

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Hey there and welcome. I started on my own in April 2009 and its been an adventure so far to say the least. One piece of advice I could give you regarding starting out. It's a comfort having a part time job during your first year. It's can be tough early on till you build up a client list. Don't expect to just jump in and be busy all year around.
100% correct

Have you spoken to your employer and told him/her what your goal is? You never know, they might be willing to help you out. Keep you on part time, or sub smaller jobs to you. It would definitely be worth talking about.

I know sometimes guys dont like employing people who have their own business. They're afraid for a number of reasons like stealing work, not showing up, theft, etc etc... If you have a good relationship with your employer, and are honest, I cant see anything but a win win. Instead of becoming the competition, you become an ally.
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My name is chris

I have been painting with a crew for two years now and I am going to start up my own business painting I paint like a pro but the knowledge of the materials I would like to get to know.
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Now I am starting my own with some smarts.
Read this.
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:20 AM   #9
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"I have been painting with a crew for two years now and I am going to start up my own business painting I paint like a pro but the knowledge of the materials I would like to get to know.
I am here to ask questions and learn from the pros on this site."


i'll start by saying good luck. smart to ask questions! when you realize you don't know everything, you begin to learn. i would give the same advice, re: keep learning while working for someone else.; and if you think you've learned everything from your current employer, (which is possible), work for a few different contractors. you'll be amazed how much more you can learn.

ps- not to be a total a$$hole, but we had a name for 2yrs experience, - "apprentice".
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i guess i have a lot of pride in painting as a 'trade'. you just don't see 2yr electricians and plumbers starting their own business. (oh how i wish my brother had been a plumber instead of a painter)
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hey welcome to the forum...I started my first painting business and believe it or not, it was in Everett, Wa. what a strange and weird coincidence.......I started six years into painting and was given the business by a former employeer...she pretty much gave her contacts the good news that I would be taking over from there..because she was retiring.

my best advice is to get structured and pay your taxes.......


not a bad idea to get book keeping helpers...

and be leary of computer contacts.
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I remember thinking that in my 2nd year, I made cards and everything Looking back I'm soooo glad I continued being a employee. Good luck! What part of Cali you from?
Southern California near Banning Ca
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I remember thinking that in my 2nd year, I made cards and everything Looking back I'm soooo glad I continued being a employee.
I did the same thing Gabe.

Chris777, welcome to the forum. I also advise people to keep learning under an established company, like was already said if you out grew your current employer there is still lots to learn under another.

If you are dead set on being a PC I wish the best and no doubt there will be highs and lows.
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I actiually just realized something.


Your in Cali!

You need to be legit!

To be legit you need to be a licensed contractor to perform work over 500 bucks.

To get a C33 (paint contractor license) you need to have at least 4 years experience.

You stated in your post, you only have 2.

I hope you do the right thing, good luck!
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good luck I started two businesses from scratch and it was an adventure. good advice is to keep and part time job and or try to reach an agreement with your current employer it will help the transition a lot.
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I actiually just realized something.


Your in Cali!

You need to be legit!

To be legit you need to be a licensed contractor to perform work over 500 bucks.

To get a C33 (paint contractor license) you need to have at least 4 years experience.

You stated in your post, you only have 2.

I hope you do the right thing, good luck!
Move from CA. Just kidding...
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