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Old 05-14-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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I want to thank you guys I have been reading alot of old posts and almost made a big mistake. I almost went off and started my "own business" I am a guy who needs to put food on the table, I have 2 small children and lost my job in Jan. I have always wanted to work for my self and figured I got some skills with a brush and roller so I will be a painter......then started reading this site, I realize now I would more than likely be greatly dissappointed, you see I have never worked for a painter or owned or ran my own businees, I would have wound up being one of those guy who didn't know what to charge, and would lose money, or work just to work.

The dream is still alive, but am currently looking to work for a painting company, so I can do this right, I also purchased a couple of the book you guys have been reccomending.

Just so you guys know, you successfully stopped "some guy with a truck and ladder" from being a "painter" and charging $400 to paint 4 rooms I have read many times on here stuff like"what can we do about them?" well you stopped this guy from being a sucker and giving painters a bad rep.

I have alot to learn, anbd intend on doing it.

Thanks !!!

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:01 PM   #2
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I want to thank you guys I have been reading alot of old posts and almost made a big mistake. I almost went off and started my "own business" I am a guy who needs to put food on the table, I have 2 small children and lost my job in Jan. I have always wanted to work for my self and figured I got some skills with a brush and roller so I will be a painter......then started reading this site, I realize now I would more than likely be greatly dissappointed, you see I have never worked for a painter or owned or ran my own businees, I would have wound up being one of those guy who didn't know what to charge, and would lose money, or work just to work.

The dream is still alive, but am currently looking to work for a painting company, so I can do this right, I also purchased a couple of the book you guys have been reccomending.

Just so you guys know, you successfully stopped "some guy with a truck and ladder" from being a "painter" and charging $400 to paint 4 rooms I have read many times on here stuff like"what can we do about them?" well you stopped this guy from being a sucker and giving painters a bad rep.

I have alot to learn, anbd intend on doing it.

Thanks !!!

Mike
Sounds good, you most likely saved yourself from a lot of work, and not making enough money for the trouble of it.Thanks for posting.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:48 PM   #3
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Hey Mike,

You will obviously do ok in the long run. You have just exhibited perhaps the most necessary quality, more brains than ego ! I hope you can teach THAT to your kids.

Stop by for advice any time, you've already earned my respect (not that my respect should mean anything), and we obviously won't be pi$$ing into the wind trying to help you.






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Old 05-15-2009, 12:37 AM   #4
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Awesome post. Man not always people think then type, let alone think then act. I hope we did help Mike. I can tell you owning your own business isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Good Luck!!!
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Old 05-15-2009, 01:48 AM   #5
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One thing is it sounds like you have some ambition about yourself. Get in there and get a job with a good painting company and learn yourself a trade. Ask questions from painters that has really been in the buisness for a long time. Some good seasoned painters. My dad had been a Industrial painter for over 47 years when he passed and he could run a job and blast and paint a water tower with the best of them, and then go out and paint someone's house and look like that is all he had ever done. Cut in wooden windows with a 3" straight brush like know ones buisiness. One of his sayings is anyone can pull the trigger on a spray gun, but it takes a real painter to know when to put the gun down and pick up a brush. He would also tell me "Son, you have to use your head for something other than a Hat Rack". So to make it short. If you want to become a painter, get in with someone who can teach you and listen and learn. You have already earned a lot of respect from some here. That is a good start. Good luck on your new adventure. Don't be a stranger around here as well.
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My dad wasn't a painter but I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard the "use your head for something other than a hatrack" saying........Funny I find myself saying that now...
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Thanks for posting that. Takes a smart man to make that type of decision. I wish you the best.
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Smart man, keep running in the other direction and find a recession proof career!!
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There is no such job wise.
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There is no such job wise.

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I never say this phrase, but "God bless" people like Mike M for his honesty and research capabilities.
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Way to go Mike, you are a step waaaayyyy ahead of most people!
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