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Old 10-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Hi from Fort Collins, CO.

After taking a 3 year break from painting and thinking I wouldn't do it again... well here I am on a paint-nerd forum!.

I will be using this site to re-educate myself, maybe network and to see how various models are working for you all. I am very interested in learning more about the technical side of the trade.

If you care to read my rather lengthy intro, read on.

I grew up around restos and like a lot of you picked up painting as a college job (during art school). People liked my work and my attitude. I found a niche with faux painting, basic murals and higher-end painting around Denver, CO. and started working for myself, just from attention to detail. I have painted "professionally"; ie, for myself for a total of about 8 years now.

I realized recently that I spent enough time painting that I don't have many other hard marketable skills. I don't want to do this forever. In the bucket or at the other end. I don't hate it, but it is not my passion. I do see it as the greatest potential for me to make some $ and move on to another career as long as I stay dedicated to it. Coming back to it after a break has made me enjoy doing it again.

I started painting again recently; bought some tools, a trailer, contacted some old clients, designed some cards. I'm starting from scratch all over again. I do know a lot more about business and painting now. What I don't know is a lot of the jargon, techniques, chemicals, physics; the science to it all.

I want to approach my business this time as a business. Before, I always got work from referals and did OK. That is harder now with the economy, a cheap labor pool, a new area and me personally starting from scratch in my life without the money to throw at the image. Literally buying one tool at a time. In the beginning I plan on working for myself, whenever I can, even if the profit isn't high just to get my name out and have some favorable testimonials online. I've been networking and found some potentially decent sub work for the times between gigs. I want to pocket as much as I can over the next several months and hit an aggressive marketing campaign when I'm able. I want to appear to be a little bigger than I am. I want to attend seminars, workshops, etc. I'd like to be comfortable calling tradesmen, realtors, and designers to offer bids. I want to be fully insured, licensed, bonded, 2 good guys in my shirts and graphics on the trailer, with a well designed website in a year. My customer relations have always been outstanding, now I just need to re-focus. I have the experience, but I can always learn more. I realize that after just poking around here for a couple of days. Looking forward to tapping in to this community.

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Old 10-28-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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Welcome to PT Josh! Lots of good people and advice here (just try to avoid asking what you should be charging ).
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welcome Josh.

Nice country out there. My nephew, Thomas, is in Ft Collins.

I hope we all can help you succeed.



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Welcome aboard. I paint because it is my passion. I could think of many other ways to earn a living, but my motto has always been...."Love your job, and never work another day in your life" Of course as I am getting older, I am starting to realize more and more I did work that day by the time I get home.
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Welcome from a former resident of Ft. Collins/ Loveland. I used to paint for Brian Farmer of APC.

I know quite a few faux artists in your area. Welcome.
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I like your intro, it's original. Also I too believe this trade like any other trade should and always should be treated as a business. You will gravitate towards the most profitable buyers if you do.
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I rethink painting hourly and occasionally daily.

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Hi there.

Forgive me, I didnt read your intro yet...
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Ask for the referrals when completing a good job and you will have business where ever you live.
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Thanks for all the welcomes!

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Ask for the referrals when completing a good job and you will have business where ever you live.
All my jobs are good ones! I definitely will. Almost every client I've painted for in the past will give me a referral. There is always that one guy that busts the balls of every single tradesmen on the job.

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Welcome to the boards. This is a great place for pointers, help, and ideas. You and I seem to be on similar paths. I also went to art school and have begun my own painting business slowly building it bigger and bigger. It's hard work but it will pay off. Good luck to you
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Welcome, very good introduction. Yes it is hard work. Some days I love what I do and others days I wonder what else can I do that gives me this much satisfaction at the end of the day. You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders, just stay on top of the business end and you will do just fine. I've picked up plenty of good information here and so will you. Good Luck
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The drive of thinking on being a business owner rather than just somebody that paint talk a lot about you.

Being a business owner and provide for your own and other employees it's a lot harder than you think, hard work will take you everywhere you want.

Wish you good luck!
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