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Old 10-20-2009, 11:20 PM   #1
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I have been in the painting industry for about 10 years on and off. Throughout highschool and college I worked for a large high end contractor and became a foreman my last couple years of college. After college, I did the Marine corps gig for a couple off years until an ied put me out of combat commission. In May of 2008, I started my own painting business(licensed,bonded, the works). I've been doing well, making a profit and outselling the competition.
I'm a teacher during the school year and paint during the summer, breaks, and every weekend. I employ 5 guys during the summer and one part time guy year round. My bids are all competitive and am usually in the higher middle of the competition. I pay my L and I taxes and all that ridiculous BS. Don't really want to hear about how I'm undercutting(plus I don't) everyone, because I go through the same hoops as the rest.
I find this board interesting and it's always nice to bounce ideas around amongst professionals. Thank you...
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:02 AM   #2
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Welcome! Sounds like you have your hands full! What grade do you teach?
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I teach High School US and World history. It's the best job in the world, other than slamming ladders around on a warm summer day.
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Welcome aboard. Your service is appreciated.

Also, keeping 5 guys employed in the summers and paying all your taxes and L&I and winding up between the middle and high bids isn't undercutting anyone, it's doing an excellent job, and making the costs a little more affordable for customers while still doing excellent work.

All it takes to get respect around here is to have some valuable painting experience to share with the others who are sharing theirs with you. It sounds like you have plenty. Plus your company is legitimate so no one will argue with that.

If you were a guy only painting summers starting out with zero experience and coming here wanting people to walk you through everything, starting from scratch, people might not be inclined to share, but in your case, you probably have more valuable painting experience than some who paint full time.

Plus teachers are a very vital part of society, kids need to learn. In my opinion teachers are underpaid, and under appreciated.

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