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Old 09-25-2012, 02:47 AM   #21
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I hate to hear about your wife. I know that must be hard on you financially, physically and mentally.

Have you considered talking to some of the larger or busier paint companies in your area and offering to subcontract jobs for them? In other words, work for them as a contractor and not employee. If they are behind, you could help them get caught up but they would not be responsible for finding you work if they have nothing extra.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:50 AM   #22
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having lived in Vancouver for 11 years, there are plenty of individuals/places you can look for or apply for work, but if you come across as somewhat illiterate you are just making your own life difficult

painting contractors, interior designers, realtors, painters and retail outlets rely heavily on written communication, either by email or text messages, so having a decent grasp will create a stronger impression on those unknown to you, especially as you've exhausted your current contact list

sorry to be so blunt, but even though English isn't your native language, how you write creates an impression about who you are, and if you always write in the style of your opening post, you might be turning off more people than you think

maybe no one has ever mentioned it in five years because it wasn't necessary, but now it just might be
English is one of the most difficult languages to learn.
Personally, I think he did quite well considering English is not his native language.

More important than how he writes is how he paints.

More important than that is his wife's serious health issue and the need for more work.

Not important at all: Judgmentalists who are incapable of seeing the big picture and fixate on trivia.

It is highly unlikely he will be able to appreciably improve his command of English in the near term, and his dilemma is short-term. Which means your "suggestion" that he improve his English skills is about as helpful to him as a rowboat in a hurricane.
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Hi all,
As I told I am from Germany and live since 5 years in BC,Canada.Since nearly 2 years I am my own boss.The problem is, I had very good customers but never enough.Meanwhile my wife had a heart attac and needs a new heart.She was working before also.No I have big problems financial and since two month no work to do.
My Question: where can I find work?Is there any place where I can get tender for painting?I mean, where can I find out what people are looking for a Paint estimate.Like for new residental houses.
Meanwhile I am in a trapp, have no money for advertising and without advertising nobody knows me.I am really a very goog painter and all of my customers are really happy with my work.But as I said: there is not enough work so that I could work constainly.
It's not appreciated by many homeowners, but it's done all the time:
Spend a few bucks making copies of flyers and put them on (ON, not IN) mailboxes.

Make some cold calls. Walk to different houses, knock on the bell, and ask if they need painting services. If they say no, leave them a business card with your name and phone number.

If you have a sign or logo on your truck, park it alongside a busy highway for several days.

Paint stores usually keep a list of painters, for when customers come in or call to ask for a painter. Be sure the paint stores have your name and phone number.

While driving around, look for houses which obviously need painting. Write down the addresses. Send them a letter, maybe offering some sort of "special offer" ("paint half price" or "free paint upgrade" or "free pressure wash of you driveway").

As somebody mentioned, craigslist (free).
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/hss/
Click on "Post" (top right)
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Oh, thanks, that helps a lot.
Did not know that this is only for perfect speaking people.


durn goode thang too or ida ben dun long tyme agoe. Cut the man some slack, I for one can't speak his native language, hardly make it thru english.
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It's not appreciated by many homeowners, but it's done all the time:
Spend a few bucks making copies of flyers and put them on (ON, not IN) mailboxes.

Make some cold calls. Walk to different houses, knock on the bell, and ask if they need painting services. If they say no, leave them a business card with your name and phone number.

If you have a sign or logo on your truck, park it alongside a busy highway for several days.

Paint stores usually keep a list of painters, for when customers come in or call to ask for a painter. Be sure the paint stores have your name and phone number.

While driving around, look for houses which obviously need painting. Write down the addresses. Send them a letter, maybe offering some sort of "special offer" ("paint half price" or "free paint upgrade" or "free pressure wash of you driveway").

As somebody mentioned, craigslist (free).
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/hss/
Click on "Post" (top right)

I know this is off topic , ok way off topic, but I clicked the Craigslist link above and read through it... Check this out... http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...280517964.html . Vancouver sounds like an interesting town.
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I know this is off topic , ok way off topic, but I clicked the Craigslist link above and read through it... Check this out... http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...280517964.html . Vancouver sounds like an interesting town.
Moving to Canada just got a little more appealing.
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Hit the street. The BEST advertising is a face to face greeting and a conversation. Stop in everywhere make sure everyone knows who you are and what you can do. Be prepared have a current client list (photos help) that potential new clients can reference. Make sure you customers are ok with being a reference. Do not sob to them. Go upbeat and sell your business. When I first started I did this, one stop happened to be a large general contractor, he asked me to bid a job off the plans right there. I was honest to him and told him this was way over my head and I would have to decline. For the honesty I ended up painting 8 job shacks that were in the yard and now we have a great relationship and my company does 90% of the painting for him. Build relationships within the community. GO MAKE SOME FRIENDS.
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Which means your "suggestion" that he improve his English skills is about as helpful to him as a rowboat in a hurricane.[/QUOTE]


That is almost the best thing I have read on PT since the "clownshoe" incident.
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I think I would take my painting skills and look for a company to work for. Take some stress off yourself and get some money flowing.
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I know this is off topic , ok way off topic, but I clicked the Craigslist link above and read through it... Check this out... http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...280517964.html . Vancouver sounds like an interesting town.
if you knew the junkie/crackhead problem out there, "interesting" might be an understatement

the ad doesn't say if she has teeth...
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plus, there's always this guy:

https://www.painttalk.com/f4/pricing-...779/#post61370

https://www.painttalk.com/f4/pricing-...ex2/#post61440
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Norberto, with no money or no investment I think you are facing an uphill battle...especially in this economy. I would recommend working for a reputable company who pays decent so that you can have some income. Try to save some money so that you can invest in some marketing maybe in 1-2 years. In the meantime try to do some side jobs on weekends or down time so that you can have some client base to build off of in the future when you're ready to start marketing a bit. From my experience if you try to get work without some marketing investment plan then you must be very aggressive to look for the work...as some have already mentioned. Having a small client base combined with a semi-aggressive marketing plan should work out nicely if you allocate your money wisely! Best of luck to you!
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First of all I think your English is fabulous. If it wasn't why did everyone on here clearly understand your circumstances? Actually it's helping you by attracting some good advice here. You also seem to have computer skills. Most painters I know are so computer illiterate they think Windows 7 is a 1 day job..Here's my suggestion;

Blind Bay is a small rural tourist community. There aren't a lot of paint firms to feed off. If I was you I'd capitalize on the tourist industry that supports your economy and the work that results from that. For example, having gown up in the motel business I know this is the beginning of your hospitality tourist "off season". You have probably 100 or more motels/hotels within 45 min driving distance. These are not rural homeowners who may or may not pay you. They're established buisnesses with reputations and business bank accounts.

This is the time of year they start their improvements. I suggest you go in armed with your cards, photos and a few written references and personally start knocking on their doors. Each one will have between 10 and 100 units. Often an owner of one motel owns 2or 3 others. Motels are easy jobs because they don't have a lot of furniture to deal with and usually only 8 foot ceilings. By the way out of county accents are familiar to and assetts to motel and hotel owners. Just be real, provide what they want and don't get greedy with your price.

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[/I][/U] durn goode thang too or ida ben dun long tyme agoe. Cut the man some slack, I for one can't speak his native language, hardly make it thru english.
You seem to know your french quite well.
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At our paint shop during the busy times and even the not-so-busy times customers will have to wait around a while to have their paint mixed. This is an excellent opportunity for a painter to drum up some business. Keep your ears open and you will hear a couple trying to decide how much paint to buy or asking all sorts of paint related questions. If you know the answers speak up offer painting advice and tips, show them where the primer is on the shelf, tell them why you like one better than the other one. Let them know you know painting, strike up a friendly conversation, afterwards...by the way I'm a painter and give them your business card. Usually those working the paint counter appreciates the extra help and won't mind you hangin around for an hour or so. Good luck out there.
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