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Old 10-02-2011, 09:34 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I have been lurking for a little while and figured I should introduce myself. My name is Dan and I have a small one man show in Providence R.I.

A little backround on me, I worked as a maintenence man for a large property management company for a few years, they had a really hard time keeping painting contractors because they take 90 days to pay out, most of the smaller guys couldn't wait that long and they don't pay enough to interest the bigger guys so i was always painting the apartments because there was no vendor to do it. After a while I spoke to the office and asked how to get on the vendor list and gave a 2 week notice, bought insurance and got my contractor registration.

I had a truck and gear from doing a lot of side work, bought a sprayer and a smaller backup rig and I am now the contract painter and cleaner for them and 2 other management companies. It is a far cry from some of the high end work I see you guys posting up on here, these are dirty section 8 apts where even the rats and roaches are saying ewww that place is freakin nasty, BUT it is perfect for a novice painter like myself. I can bang out a unit in a day easily (usually less than 6 hrs) and I am working 7 days a week.

This is a great forum and I do learn quite a bit from just browsing, I am a decent painter but the business acpect of this trade is the hard part.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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Thanks for the intro. Welcome.

Just for the record I try not to work 7 days a week. At least on the job site that is.
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Welcome to the forum, we all started somewhere and many of us have sprayed cockroaches on the run! Dive in to the business and marketing sections, keep at it and work on your business, you'll get there! I agree with Worky, you need a day off, recharge the batteries!
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Welcome. there is a lot of helpful info here.
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welcome from up the road in Norfolk MA (3 miles from the Stadium)



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Just remembered, we had another guy who was having issues with section 8 apt's in Providence

Ever run into this guy or scenario sound familiar ? :


https://www.painttalk.com/f3/dateline...dence-ri-7072/

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Hello all,
Looks like this is gonna be some good info.
Recently got back into applying paint after a 10 year hiatus.
Just can't handle the heavy framing work anymore and can't stand fluorescent lighting, so office type work is out....
Only thing I could find in Providence was work painting for a "real estate investor" who buys up foreclosures and get's them "fixed up" as fast and inexpensively as possible in order to get that Section 8 money comin' in.
Nasty working conditions (no running water, I bring my own...no heat or electricity..no prep allowed...I do it when no ones looking...no cutting in..wall paint right up to the face of the trim,..etc..)
Got this semi-retarded 24 year old tryin' to tell me the correct way to paint a room is: Trim first (?), then walls, and ceiling last....because it's faster 'cause you don't have to cut in the trim.
So, the first thing he does before I can even clear off all the old painted-over, busted up decrepit bit's of hardware from old blinds and curtains...before I can get any of that stuff off and fill the holes and do a little "speed-prep"...first thing he does is slap semi-gloss all over everything, making the rest of the job a major hassle and basically adding a few days to the whole process.....'cause it's faster....
Actually, it's 'cause he refuses to learn how to paint...
More interested in his cellphone and the rims on his jalopy cadillac..

I've got to be the only person in the world dealing with this, right?...right?...

Can't wait to hear the stories that'll make me feel better.
Honestly, I'm just lucky to be working and making three dollar an hour less than I was 10 years ago.

Yeah!....


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welcome. I worked seven days a week for years until I got to the point where I got pissed just pulling up in front of my shop. Sean is right you need some down time to keep sane. good luck and be sure not to bring any roaches home.
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Hi Fastlane,

It's good to have other people coming in interested in the business aspects of things, I keep an eye out for those kinds of posts myself. Hello!

I'm in Maine, but I painted my aunt's living room in Portsmouth (RI) over Memorial weekend. I'm movin' in on yer territory! Is there room for the both of us?

Chris, I always called the D quality work "paint the cat" jobs, but I think the cockroaches on the run actually just bumped the "cat" jobs up into the "C" range...eeeewwww!!
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I should try to at least take a day off from painting to finish getting the office set up and organise my gear, I am working out of a pickup truck so as I unload every day theres more and more disorganisation going on.

@ DaArch I havn't heard of that guy but its odd because the east side of providence is the wealthiest part of the city, the south side is terrible between the rats/roaches and every kitchen needing to be sanded and kilzed because of the huge amount of cooking greese on the walls and ceiling around the stove.

@ holly theres plenty of room, I don't work in Portsmouth because its a wealthy area and I feel I need more skill before I even try to paint in a high end residential home. I learn a little and practice on my place or friends and family. Since theres no apprenticeship program around here I have to make my own and be smart enough to stay within my skill level. I am embarresed to admit it but I have turned down (subbed to a friend who is also a contractor) 3 residential paint jobs in the last month because the customer seemed picky and I didn't think I was up to par.
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Hey, don't be embarrassed bro! It's actually kind of refreshing to see someone who is somewhat self aware when it comes to their skill level. We have had some pop up on this forum who are complete hacks and yet they seem to think they are master craftsman. Keep reading this forum and try out some of the products you read about. Push the boundaries of what you're capable of, and work on your brush and roller skills on the roach motels. When you do start doing residential stuff, just make sure you under sell and over deliver and you'll be fine. Oh, one more thing, take note of how long it takes you to do certain tasks so that when you do start heavier into residential repaints you have some basis for estimating. Welcome to the forum! I'm in southeastern CT by the way...
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G'day Dan and welcome aboard, mate!

I too was a one man show not too long ago!

I've recently been lucky enough to get my son on board to join me so now it's more of a duet! Haha.

Don't stress too much about the business side of the gig. If you put in the research and study up I'm certain you'll come along leaps and bounds in no time.

All the best mate and good luck to you.

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