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Old 03-11-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hello all.

My father has operated his company for 30 years and i've been brought up to learn the trade. For years, i avoided my father's request to join the company because I didn't like it. That's a terrible reason not to work with him, but in my mind, i saw his struggles and assumed the painting industry had this sort of stress i didn't want.

I avoided him for years and it wasn't until i got laid off on the corporate level, did I realize what i was missing. As soon as i got laid off, i did a bit of research and realized all businesses are similar in many ways: accounting, accounts receivable/payable, marketing, and great customer service are needed to make it work.

I enjoy working for myself and knowing my business is under my control, not anyone else. It is true about stress though, it never seems to leave me even when i'm off but it's a small price to pay. I enjoy meeting people and not having someone look over my shoulders.

Best of all, i always worried about how my parents were going to retire. On my previous salary, to have them retire it would require me to live on budget food. Now, those worries have quickly subsided because owning a business, i know i have the option to increase my earnings without a ceiling.
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:04 PM   #2
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Welcome

You better start shopping for a big wheelbarrow to carry all of your money around in. This painting company thing is the best kept secret in the business world.
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When I have fears that the world will run out of paint contractors, there is always a new thread about someone realizing after years in some other occupation, just how lucrative and fun it is to be a paint contractor.

The old adage that "every time one door closes, another door opens" could not be more true. The paint trade is one large open door for all. Welcome to painttalk. The membership here will gladly provide you with all the resources you need to embrace and succeed in your new occupation.



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Old 03-11-2010, 08:20 PM   #4
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Welcome from the buckeye state. Good luck.
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Sarcasm not withstanding, as with any business, it's all about what you put into it.

And do take the promises of that pie in the sky with a large grain of salt



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Wheelbarrows for everyone! LOL

Welcome to the forum.
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Let me get this straight... "We" dog folks for not posting an introduction - right?

This cat posted one and got slammed for it. Hmmmm... The cat wasn't asking for advice or how to estimate or how to steal the great secrets of painting.
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Seems like my "wheelbarrel full" goes to Washington D.C.
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Let me get this straight... "We" dog folks for not posting an introduction - right?

This cat posted one and got slammed for it. Hmmmm... The cat wasn't asking for advice or how to estimate or how to steal the great secrets of painting.
I don't know who you mean by "we"? I don't see any anyone slamming, I think Scott was particularly welcoming.
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No slamming here...I love the positive attitude. Welcome from the cold regions of Tampa Bay!Hay,where's Plainpainter?? He would definitely put a positive spin on things
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I don't know who you mean by "we"? I don't see any anyone slamming, I think Scott was particularly welcoming.
Yep I agree. There was no sarcasm in his post
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The gentleman is not a cat. He is a person.



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The gentleman is not a cat. He is a person.
Thanks VP - Cuz I really thouht he was a cat - with claws and whiskers and all. I appreciate the clarification. Talk about semantics...
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Welcome to PT.
Just like any business there are people that are meant to be in charge and can handle all the day to day responsibilities of operating and then there are the ones that think it is just an easy way to turn a dollar. Invest in your company and let it take care of you when it has matured. Start ups have a high failure rate but it can be a great business. Good Luck.
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Welcome.. what is that car in your avy? Nsx?
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