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Old 10-26-2011, 10:21 AM   #41
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Being that I have a different clientele, I can't go into what is best for a local painter. But the fact still remains that you have to be inventive with your marketing efforts (especially when there is not that much money to spend.) And try everything for a enough time to determine it works or not.

You have to know what client you are targeting, for each marketing campaign.
For example; I know that my most consistent client is the subcontractor (paint, drywall, shell, masonry & flooring), usually a small sub 5 to 10 employees. Owner bids work himself, but has to be in the field to be successful. (that's where I come in).

The most effective for me has been the email marketing. But it does take alot of work: writing the campaign, looking for the emails, sending it out. It literally has taking me months to do it.. and you get your normal negative feed back, as well as your leads and (hopefully) clients. But other than my time, its free.

I tried cold calling the Blue Book, that doesn't work for me.
I've networked with some success.
I'm trying the social media.
I'm trying the website again... ( I screwed up the last one)

The point is, regardless of what we do as our profession, we cannot get discouraged by the results of a small sample size, or by an occasional negative comment. We have to keep looking for the opportunity to sell your service...and take advantage of the freedom to sell.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:05 AM   #42
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ONe of the most important things in running your own business - you don't have a boss. You are the boss. You don't have to ask for day off if you need it. You make much better money. You run the business thee way you want , not the way somebody wants. You have opportunity to test your ideas. Usually my workers know better how to run my business. .
God luck to everybody who wants to start own business. A lot of work but also a lot of satisfaction.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:44 PM   #43
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I think the one about working ON the business, and not IN the business is the most important one. It's very important to understand exactly how the day to day operations work, and everyone's roll, but if you focus too much on it you lose the big picture, and miss opportunities. Through all the businesses I have ever started this has been my biggest problem, but a business really can't grow until you step back and begin to delegate more. Great article!
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Thanks mate it is very helpful. I that I can find some post as useful as this.
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Thankss Pressurepros..... You have a Given a great knowledge regarding to the business establishment...These are the basic key measures which should be adopted by every one..To settle up any business everyone must be quite sure about his profit/loss factors..And he must be aware of all the changes which are the basic requirements for upgrading the business....
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:34 PM   #46
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yes, thanks for the helpful articles!


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Old 12-11-2012, 09:56 PM   #47
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Thank Pressure Pro! I know it was posted a couple of years ago, but the message is still just as useful. I did print them out and hopefully they can become part of the tools I use to make my new business grow. I've got the will to do it, just not the smarts! So thanks again for the help.
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Thank Pressure Pro! I know it was posted a couple of years ago, but the message is still just as useful. I did print them out and hopefully they can become part of the tools I use to make my new business grow. I've got the will to do it, just not the smarts! So thanks again for the help.
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times are hard
is seems that nowadays not only you have to know how to paint but you have to be an IT expert and most important marketing guru.
yell and local paper not enough if you are thinking of growing your business.
agencies, rated people ect. spending millions on online advertising and therefore are always on first page.
I put my add on all online directories, some of them premium adds. I installed tracking numbers and guess what hardly anyone is clicking on them, waste of money. Registered with google adwords pay per click and hit the jackpot! over 50 clicks per day but no phone calls. A week and 30 later I realized that the only people clicking were painters looking for a job. I set up negative keywords. now my add isn't display when someone is searching for job work vacancy, today I had 18 clicks but not a single phone call.
Tried leaflets, facebook no effect maybe for someone living in in smaller town internet will work
BTW this is my website - waste of money and time didn't get a single customer from it. I would appreciate any comments
http://fsdecorators.co.uk
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Peter, (or mods),

Break off your question into a new thread so you can get more replies.
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Starting a new business is really a tuff task as one needs to increase the contact in the market and promote his/her business through out the market to lets know among people.
You really posted a great post in this section.
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It was a brilliant idea that you shared these stuff. I enjoyed reading and had new learning. Everything has been said well and my favorite part is " Change the way you work with people.
Gerber asserts that, without people, you don't have a company. You have a job. To effectively work with others, especially employees and sub-contractors, it is essential to add them in a systematic way.
You need a system that explicitly communicates the talent and skills you seek, a system to teach new people so that they know what to do, a set of standards so that you can set expectations, and a process to help them improve over time. Without these systems in place, your people will do more harm than good."
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Hi

I used to work for;
South West Marine Sand/Water blaster/painter
NASSCO Painter

Now California Certified General Building Contractor
I you want to open a new business or joint
venture, and you have what it take$,
Just do it, but do it right.
First consult a lawyer.
Second call me.

In California as a RMO o RME I can help
open a new company o joint venture.
I don't have what it take$ or the experience to run a company.
I will like to learn. I have a Inactive & clean B1 license

How many times you are working in a house or building
and need extra jobs and you need to call a General Contractor.

Just do it

Juan M. Durant
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This was a great article Thank you so much for sharing it! My husband and I just started our company early last year and so many of these points are good reminders on which way we should try and steer things...
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Hi I'm from Edmonton Alberta I been in painting for 4 years same as my cousin we have a company but the only way we can get jobs is thru kijiji is there a way I can get a good contract or how can I get house builders?


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