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Old 07-01-2010, 10:29 AM   #21
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Hello All. First post obviously and I'm just here to get ideas. a post was made that caught my eye about an inexperienced painter starting his own business, then crashing and burning. In order to master any trade you need to work on it so I don't have any thoughts of being successful immediately.

I've painted before here and there but I don't qualify as someone with significant experience. Where I live in NJ, its hard to even get work with someone else if you don't have any so I'd rather do my own thing. Most jobs I've had in my lifetime I didn't have experience and I was able to master them so why not this? I actually have a transport business thats doing well enough, but I'd rather do a trade that doesn't require years of schooling and working for other people or licensing. The costs of being a painter should be cheaper than being a courier as far as gas/insurance is concerned. I'm not going to ramble any longer so let me get back to reading threads.
Don't let anyone discourage you from pursuing your paint contracting career.

You've expressed an innate ability to be a business man, and a potential painting contractor.

It sucks working for other people. Who wouldn't want to be their own boss?

Good Luck!

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Old 07-01-2010, 01:21 PM   #22
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We have 10 new painting companies try it out every year.... in my town
Anyone can "do it"


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I'm not trying to down play the profession and make it seem like its easy. I'm not the type of person to just jump in to anything so its not a situation where I had an epiphany yesterday and I'm a paint contractor today. I know painters and I've been researching for the past few weeks. I should be ready in about 6 months to a year to begin trying to get clients/jobs/contracts or whatever. In the mean time I may try to get low level/simple jobs and/or work as a laborer when I have time.

Hello All. First post obviously and I'm just here to get ideas. a post was made that caught my eye about an inexperienced painter starting his own business, then crashing and burning. In order to master any trade you need to work on it so I don't have any thoughts of being successful immediately.

I've painted before here and there but I don't qualify as someone with significant experience. Where I live in NJ, its hard to even get work with someone else if you don't have any so I'd rather do my own thing. Most jobs I've had in my lifetime I didn't have experience and I was able to master them so why not this? I actually have a transport business thats doing well enough, but I'd rather do a trade that doesn't require years of schooling and working for other people or licensing. The costs of being a painter should be cheaper than being a courier as far as gas/insurance is concerned.


I realize your intention is not to downplay the profession but. . . many consider painting a craft, or craftsmanship, that is learned over time rather than mastering it in 6 months to a year. I realize that you didn't say that you would have it mastered in that time but if you are going to hang a shingle out and sell a product, you should be selling a professional grade product. There is not much difference between 'immediately' and '6mos and a year'.

Many of us started out in some type of apprenticeship or worked under a mechanic as a helper for a considerable time before competing in the field. Don't take the sarcasm the wrong way but their concern is that too much inexperience lowers the customer expectation of the entire field (thus the profession).

As far as costs, you will find there is actually more than the courier biz. I have owned a courier business for 19 years now, with up to 20 drivers at one time, and I can tell you that there are more licensing and insurance requirements. You should be very good at logistics, managing high pressure situations, customer relations, and even cost management, but what you don't seem to realize is that painting is not the same as a service business. We are selling a service but managing skills that come with experience isn't something the same. You aren't talking about a sideways move here.

You do have business experience so I would encourage you to look at operating a painting business with the help of a couple of mechanics. Try to become a painter in 6 months and quite honestly you will be looked on as a hack who thinks this is just another unskilled field with low entry barriers - and will probably get little help and less respect on the forum.
Treat it as a business and you will find many principals that you have already learned and can become successful - and will probably be much more accepted here.
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It's cool that you're excited about the painting industry. If you really look at your post it's rather insulting to someone like myself who has worked on his career all his life. A lot of professional painters take pride in what they do. A lot of us started a business and succeeded and failed. No matter how you slice it you are down playing it even if you didnt intend to.
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