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Old 02-20-2012, 12:47 AM   #1
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Hello all, thanks for all the advice and topics I have read over the past few weeks. I have found a lot of great info here. I am working on starting a business in my area named Do-Honey Painting. Still need a few thing but I have my plan (thanks to some help from PT).

I started painting about 15 years ago when working under a great teacher. He was more of a handy-man type but a good (if not great) painter. I am not a know it all and know I can improve and learn much more.

8 years ago I went back to school for Information Security and worked in IT for the past 5 years. I found that I missed working as a tradesmen. I'd rather have a sore back or tired arm at night over my head hurting. I love the moment when you finish a job and can "look" at what you have done and feel proud of your work.

I do not expect to get rich over night or even make the first few years what I made in Info Security. I am looking forward to working hard and with a little luck and making it past the first 5 years.

Many people ask me why I am going back to painting over working in IT, I think a few of you may understand where they do not; I miss having a brush in my hand, a quiet room and time to think and contemplate life with little distraction and a trade/work i can feel proud of at the end of the day.

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Old 02-20-2012, 01:43 AM   #2
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Hey Do-Honey

Im in a similar situation. This place is a great resource.
Here are some threads I read recently that have been very helpful.

https://www.painttalk.com/f4/pricing-...-success-2779/

https://www.painttalk.com/f4/starting...may-help-1371/

https://www.painttalk.com/f4/bidding-close-sale-17413/


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Old 02-25-2012, 03:30 AM   #7
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Thanks HQP2005

THO I had read those a few weeks back... I've been lurking for some time now.

I have been talking to a lot of people and getting input on the name I thought I was going to go with and a few other options. The name Do-Honey was a play on my fiancee's last name along with the dreaded "honey do list". After a quick google search I saw to many companies using that name in some form or another. So a new name needed to be selected.
The name had to be easy to spell, easy to remember, have an associated logo that advertises the service (that were not used by another).

After taking to 25-35 ladies and a few guys I have selected the name "Bee Happy Home Painting" as the company name (DBA). Still going to use the same logo a little bee painting his beehive house in whites. This logo and name should help with getting noticed by my target market. I read someplace that ladies are 70%(ish) of the ones that hire for services in the home. This is why I ask mostly ladies when I did my survey when selecting the name.

next..

I am not an expert in all painting applications. I will ask some questions if i need advice. I have thick skin and spent many years on boards/forums/chats. I'll not cry if you flame me for a "noob" question.

I have had to use "non pro" paints on jobs.... Like a 11k SF (floor space.. no i didn't have to paint the floor) school administration building that had to use paints form a big box..

I did maintenance for a school for for 5 year (and ran a painting company at the same time), so i can fix just about anything but HVAC. I can write code, but can break software twice as fast..

A few goals I have atm: Find my go to paints form Porter, SW and BM.. What I like not what others say is the best; As oils are not allowed to be used here I need to figure out what product I like best to use over it; Get my hands back.. my left hand needs work getting those straight cut lines again.. tbh the right hand needs a few hundred hours again to get my production rate back up.

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Welcome Do honey. geeze that seems weird to have just typed that! Hope you enjoy your stay here !
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