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Old 04-12-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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Hi folks! Just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself to the forum. My name is Duane and I started my own business 5 years ago in Flint Michigan. Even though I live in a terrible economy I have been able to increase my income every year.
I was just reading that 90% of home based business' go under by the fifth year, so I feel pretty fortunate to have made it this long.
I guess doing what you love is the key no matter where you live.

Anyway, I mostly Faux paint along with (in my free time) paint furniture. I found that during slow months (like winter) this helps me with keeping a steady flow of income.

I love to paint, in fact I have been known to paint on just about everything, floors, walls, ceiling, etc.
I think the key to keeping my business going the last couple years was my Myspace page. I have sold quite a few furniture pieces along with being contracted by people all over the state, along with other states. I just spent the winter in Texas working because I was discovered by a interior designer out that way. It was a great experience and hope that my business continues to grow so I can travel and work for a living.
So some advice for those of you looking for a good, free outlet to advertise and maybe make some new networking connections, is to use Myspace to your advantage. It works great for me, but like anything else in life...you get back what you put in to it.

So thanks for this great forum and I'm looking forward to meeting some of you and growing as a painter/artist.

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Old 04-12-2008, 03:40 PM   #2
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duane,,im impressed with you can-do attitude, and your great use of myspace marketing,,,,,
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Welcome here. I like the Myspace thing. Do people actually search for contractors on Myspace, or do they just stumble upon them?
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Thanks JMCP
I think to answer your question it would be both. The good thing about myspace is it's easy to get to know people, so they also know what you do. When it comes time for them to get some painting done...they think of you. I also know you can be found in search engines by having a myspace page.
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I also know you can be found in search engines by having a myspace page.
That's true. There have been a few things I searched for & it took me to somebodies Myspace page.
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Hi Duane, you have a neat niche. Welcome to the site.
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Hello Duane, Michigan here too. I know what your saying about the economy here but I've also learned to keep offering a quality product and service and things will work out fine.
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Hello Duane, Michigan here too. I know what your saying about the economy here but I've also learned to keep offering a quality product and service and things will work out fine.
Couldn't agree more APC and thanks for the welcome

Thanks to everyone else who also welcomed me to the forum, It's really appreciated.


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