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Old 01-25-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Been lurking awhile, I should introduce myself.

Painting is the main focus of my small business. I've been working for myself for 6 years. My business started with some painting jobs, (well my first jobs were 20 years ago doing my dads rental properties, but apparently that doesn't count ) then I moved into kitchen and baths, then full gut renovations, but now I'm honing in on painting again.

The range of my business is anything from a $500 single room repaint to $65 000 kitchen reno. , but in my experience so far is I've found painting to be the most fun and more lucrative than building and contracting. Way less hassle!

Most of my work is early circa 1900 home repaints. I've owned a few of these old houses and have a knack for 'cleaning up' a room. I use BM Aura almost exclusively on interior work. I'm in the "customer pays" camp and its an easy sell.

I'm fascinated with the business side of things and still have a lot to learn! I really enjoy working with the clients, figuring out what they want and giving it to them. Changing someones home environment in a day is immensely satisfying.

Small fry business? Yup. Mostly I work alone and hire out when I need. I've tried employees, but didn't see a big enough increase in profit to justify the extra work of finding and keeping someone reliable. This I admit probably has more to do with my 'head space' and knowledge on how to have an employee than the work being done. Keeping it small and personal works for me.

Here's what keeps me working:

1. Show up on time. (important!)
2. Stick to the estimate. (I struggle with estimates sometimes too, customers LOVE it when your done and your estimate IS what it IS...I get numerous tips a year)
3. Communicate (always talk positively about the job and their home)
4. Never say "oops", say, "now that's interesting." (you can do a thousand things right, but if a customer hears "oops" thats what their focus is)
5. Keep overhead as low as possible.
6. Do one thing 'extra'. (if they have kids - small paint brush set from the dollar store, toy for the dog, fix a wobbly door knob....I've never had to advertise)
7. Be grateful.

I don't net $100 000 a year, but about 80% of my jobs I have no competition. I come recommended and people phone to get an estimate so they can budget, not to compare.

Thanks to all you big business and experienced painters for sharing your knowledge.

Paul
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Sounds like you have found your niche. Enjoy your stay here.
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Hi Paul Im A One Man Show Too Way Less Hassles To Deal With That Way
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Nice!...although the downside is not learning from others. I'd like to work for some big guys for while just to get exposure to different stuff, but its hard to arrange that. (why would they want to teach me right?)

For example, I don't know how to spray. I do some exteriors in summer and only take jobs that suit rollers and brushes.

I have never painted a brand new home.

Never done or even been on a comercial painting site....and the list goes on.

Don't get me wrong...I really like working on these old homes....and there's always 'something' to do! , but I don't get the chance to 'hang' and talk about this profession with other painters.

Small things like how they cut a line, store their brushes, set up, break down...ect...

Hence...this forum.
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