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Old 10-10-2014, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm Dave. I work with my father who was trained by his father who was a life long house painter. We're trying to resurrect our former painting business that I grew up doing. But we have done other jobs for so long that we have lost our regular contracts and network. Other than just passing out business cards to everyone we know, how can we begin to generate new clients?

We are generally small time and are doing this in a part-time manner. Thanks for any help.
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First off... Welcome to the group!

It's tough starting out. Talk to everyone you meet, use door hangers, fliers, walk into a realtors office and drop off a brochure with a coupon. There are tons of ways to get business, it just takes a lot of persistence and some good ole fashioned hustling. Good luck!
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Depending on what type of painting you do (residential repaints/commercial, etc) I know a lot of paint shops geared towards the general public keep a directory of local painters they give out to customers who come in looking to buy paint but don't want to do the painting themselves.

I get quite a bit of business from the girls at the local paint shop I use.

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Welcome and good luck.

I would certainly try connecting with as many of your previous contacts and former customers SD you could. Just letting them know you are back in business again might result in some quality leads.
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Thanks. I'm about to mail my brochures to all of the local Realtors. I don't know of any paint shops. All I know of are home stores in my area.
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Despite the professionalism, we all know, it is difficult to start. Nonetheless, it is worth trying what you know and want to achieve. Start with all your contacts, and steadily you will enhance on the number. You do a market research on what other local painting contractors are doing right.
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I'm in a similar, just starting out position. My father is a GC, and I remember what he did to gain attention and business. He bought hats, tees, liscence plates, pens/pencils, etc and handed them to everyone he saw. I mean, he even took a load to goodwill and dropped them off. In a month, you couldn't go 24hrs without seeing something with his biz on it. It worked. And no matter how small a job, put a sign out front. Logo a vehicle. People start being more confident about using you when they have at least heard your name.


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