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Old 03-18-2010, 06:00 PM   #1
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Just found this website a few days ago. I've got this crazy idea to start painting on the weekends with the hope that it will lead to a full time business one day soon. I worked as an assistant store manager at a Sherwin Williams right out of college for 3 years before I took a desk job. Been here for almost 2 years now and I miss the interaction with the painters and customers. I want to run my own business one day and I watched you guys do that for 3 years. No real hands on experienc to speak of. I think I can do it but, I can't just quit my job now. Sound familiar. Any Advice?

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Old 03-18-2010, 09:20 PM   #2
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Hi.

Just found this website a few days ago. I've got this crazy idea to start painting on the weekends with the hope that it will lead to a full time business one day soon. I worked as an assistant store manager at a Sherwin Williams right out of college for 3 years before I took a desk job. Been here for almost 2 years now and I miss the interaction with the painters and customers. I want to run my own business one day and I watched you guys do that for 3 years. No real hands on experienc to speak of. I think I can do it but, I can't just quit my job now. Sound familiar. Any Advice?
The biggest problem with you plan is how it effects the true painting contractor that follows all the rules and does not have a full time job to rely on.
I am not trying to be rude I am just giving you my thoughts. I mean I would wager dollars to doughnuts that you are not insured, you are not licensed and you want to to pass yourself off as a professional to all your potential clients. Why not be upfront on your first bid and inform your potential customers that you have no practicle experience and are operating illegaly, then let them know that you expect the same wages that a professional requires and that if anything goes wrong they are probably S.O.L. I mean is that fair or lawful to the legitimate fulltime contractors in your area?

My advice would be to keep your day job and maybe find another gig that does not require as much training. There are a lot of ways to invest in other things. Do not look at painting as easy money because you have painted a few rooms and it went ok. Painting for a living requires a lot more than a brush and a car. If you have a strong desire to learn to paint properly then change gears and get hired on and be taught the trade properly.

Again i am not meaning to be harsh I am very tolerent to entry level tradesman and encourage many that want to do things the right way but I do not believe you should think you should be allowed to cut corners, to be a true painter it takes time to learn the trade.
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You are right, it is a crazy idea! Now is not the best time to leave a steady job and start a business. Unless you have at least a years living expenses in the bank and are ready to commit full time. And even then I would suggest you work for a good painting contractor and take some business classes.
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Exactly. Thanks for your honesty. My though process was to go door to door handing out flyers in my neighborhood letting the person know that I was trying to start a business and that I only wanted something small on the weekend. Complete honesty (No license or training) and if I landed a small job maybe a single room because lets be honest who would hire someone in my situation. And you're right no license, insurance etc. Once I made the first check I would invest in that. Be honest with your replies.
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