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Old 03-07-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hello from Central Florida. I am new to the painting business but not new to owning a business. I have been so happy to find so much about the industry in this forum. There is so much info here I couldnt ask for anything more to help with starting my business.

I was helping a couple guys do some residential repainting and they are excellent at everything they do and painting is something that was available by default and by no means their first choice. I developed a formula based on the work we have done in the past and starting bidding some commercial jobs and landed a few. Fortunately i have to say that we were competitive in our bids with other companies and definately not the lowest bid. I do not believe in undercutting to get business. We must compete at current market rates with other successfull paint companies or we will not stay in business long.

They get their work 100% by referral and only have the capacity to work one job at a time. The post by PressurePro that speaks about Alan and John and provideds a comparison of the way they do business, completely describes my to compadres in the painting business. They operate so much like Alan that I thought PressurePro might even know my guys.

Having big dreams and an eye for opportunity (and the need for more income) I could not help myself in stepping to the front and provide some business sense and forward thinking and make a go of the painting business. $15/hr would never feed my family and I understand that profits are way better than wages.

In no way do I claim to know everything about painting because I have a tremendous amount to learn. I do however provide some good business sense to the equation and am very excited to move forward. We have a decent cash flow projection for the next few months and I am intently focused on growing the business and putting lots of effort into marketing. Currently we cut and roll and do not spray. I am in the market to purchase a sprayer and need as much education on sprayers and the do's and don'ts involved any help would be appreciated.

I have read the rules and understand that newbie questions are not really welcome so I have been combing the forum and learning a tremendous amount about the industry and people here are awesome and I am so thankful that they take the time to make such meaningful posts to help folks like me.

I'm happy to be a fly on the wall in this forum since everyone is miles and miles ahead of me. Any help at all from the experts is humbly appreciated.

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Old 03-07-2010, 06:56 PM   #2
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Everyone starts somewhere. I wish I had this PT forum when I was starting out. These people are top of the line in their respective fields & this is a great place to learn. Welcome.
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Thanks for the great intro and welcome to the forum, look forward to your input!
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Welcome from another Floridian! Good luck on your business. Look up your local PDCA Chapter for more info to help you in your business. I know they meet every month there in Central Florida.
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