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Old 08-28-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hi Paintfolk,

I have been lurking about on this site for 2 months or so, and have gotten lots of useful information, the most recent on painting oak cabinets. I thought I'd introduced myself here before, but I think I must have done it on the sister site for contractors, instead. Hello!

I've just begun reading the new postings here this past week, as opposed to just scanning threads for answers to technical problems, and I've been learning a little about some of the more regular contributors' personalities. There are a lot of generous characters here willing to share their experiences, know-how, and wise-guy comments. Thank you!

As for me, my name is Holly, I run Handy Gal Painting in Portland, Maine. I've been doing minor repairs and painting on and off since 1986. I started Handy Gal in 2002 doing handy work on the side, quit my library job to do it full time in 2004, and was almost immediately interrupted for about 2 1/2 years with a surprise (although very much wanted) new addition to our family. Handy Gal has been in its current incarnation since 2007: a painting business with workers, now officially payrolled and workers' comped for a little over a year.

I've been finding Brian Phillips' "Getting Out of the Bucket" program pretty helpful for getting a handle on certain issues,and I see things beginning to turn around a little bit. I just lined up about $40K worth of work to carry us through the next two months, with several more leads and waiting-to-be-scheduled jobs in the pipeline, so I am very relieved and excited about that. And nervous. Marketing hasn't been a problem for me so much as being able to train and manage reliable people so as to keep work commitments. I've previously held back on sales to make sure I could follow through by myself, if necessary. I've got a reasonably good set up at the moment, which is why I could accept so much work! Yippee!!

I really want to spend less time painting and more time running the business and fine-tuning it; maintaining good relationships; and also want to be freed up enough to spend more happy, meaningful time with my six-year-old son. I want to pick him up right after school sometimes, join the PTA, and volunteer in his class once in awhile! (Actually, I think I might hate the PTA)

Do I get the prize for the longest introduction submitted? I am a talker, for sure. I look forward to participating in the group.

Be well, wear a dust mask, and thanks again.

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Old 08-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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Welcome Holly.

Portland is a WONDERFUL city. One of my faves, although only visited a handful of times.

Did Irene stop by for a visit?



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Hi! A ex-librarian turned painter! Very cool.
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Welcome! USM '90 here!



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bigger is better right ?? .............posts im talkin about posts ..sheesh



err welcome to Paint Talk some good people here an some not so good but thats what makes it great
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Welcome! Great intro Holly, sounds like you will fit right in here. Funny, I am a painter turned librarian, although it has been years since I really painted. I just hang around cause I have thing for painters!
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Hi daArch,

Thanks for your welcome! I love Portland, myself. Irene is visiting right now, went to the beach to look at the waves, but really, it's been a lot of hype as far as I can tell. I've seen you under what I assume are both your incarnations, TJ Painting?
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Thanks for your welcomes--wow, librarians and USM grads! And to Ole34, I suppose this is true in posting and in business as in other areas of life--bigger is not necessarily better, it's what you do with it--err--would you agree? I'll wave some smaller posts around fetchingly, and see what sorts of responses arise. Thanks for the welcome!
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oh I thought you were a ex-librarian.

My bad.

I'm an ex-alot of things...
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Oh yes, I am an ex-librarian, full-time small business person driven nearly out my mind
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Oh yes, I am an ex-librarian, full-time small business person driven nearly out my mind
I painted solo on OOB from '87-90, with winter stints on Munjoy Hill in apartment turnovers. OOB season was always such a pleasure.

Returned to the area last fall for the first time in years. We spent a few days on Cape Elizabeth. I miss those places.



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Thanks for the intro Holly, I have for awhile wondered if I can make it in Maine. I find the area fascinating with its remoteness.

Welcome to the fold.
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Portland is a fun city,
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Welcome, glad to see you around here hope to hear more. We all have good things to share. I've found the best info is from people like yourself, rather than the 30 year painter that's dried like a prune. You being a librarian is just a plus with the teacher we have on board here.
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Holly, you mentioned reading Brian's stuff, he is a member here, although he has not posted for a while, you might find his older posts interesting,
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I've seen you under what I assume are both your incarnations, TJ Painting?
TJ and I are two separate people (and personalities ) Although we do have many similarities and attitudes, we also are vastly different. And that's what makes this forum great, finding commonalities and building on them.



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Brothas from anotha motha?

I wonder if I take this as more of a compliment than you do Bill. Oh well.

...I better not derail any further right now...
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I wonder if I take this as more of a compliment than you do Bill. Oh well.
Not at all. I felt honored yet unworthy



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Not at all. I felt honored yet unworthy
Thanks man. Youre actually more like the cool uncle I never had... the motorcycle and good music...
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