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  1. General Painting Discussion
    Hi Everybody, It's been awhile since I actively posted on the forum (ahh, the leisure of a Union job!) and life comes at you fast. I'm one of those fellas who can't stay out of politics -- I serve on my local board of ed and all that -- and I've found a way to combine organizing and painting...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hi there! I’m Maddie, just stumbled on this forum while doing some research for a job quote. I’ve been painting on and off for a few years but more consistently for the last two. I’ve started taking on side jobs of my own but recently I’ve been tasked with some larger projects - if you have ANY...
  3. General Painting Discussion
    How should Painting Contractors price material (paint) to their customers 1. Free- Charge for labor only 2.Wholesale, no mark up 3.Wholesale plus a __% Mark up 4.Retail: the same as what the paint store would have charge some on the street. 5.Retail plus a __% mark up6.Other way
  4. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Is there any business expert can help me, I would like to prepare my business documents so what I should take with my business name? LLC or DBA?
  5. General Painting Discussion
    I am 25. When 17, I started college full time and graduated when 23 (3 years English and 3 years Major). Because i was not an American and enjoying the american college, I had to pay my tuition in full and pay tuition for "2 americans". While I was a full time student, I was a full time painter...
  6. Workplace Safety
    First off, I just want to say that I have been gleaning information from you all for years now, but have never become a member. Love this forum. There is so much information here, it has helped me immensely. Thank you all so much. I have a great business because of you! That being said, I have...
  7. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Hey all, I've been in the painting business since I was a kid. My owns a paint store in New Jersey. I worked for him up until I moved to Florida, and also did a whole bunch of side jobs. I have a lot of painting experience for my age. That being said I have decided to start my own business. I am...
  8. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    I have been trying to find information to how to start a home painting business in the county of broward. I reside in deerfield beach for the past 12 years, but I can't see to find a straight answer on how to begin, the most important is if I need a license to operate. I don't only do painting...
  9. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    I am starting a new interior painting business for the summer and need some help. I am trying to figure out the prices of my competition however it is hard to determine what prices they charge without a painter coming over and estimating the room. Is there any way I could figure this out? Also I...
  10. Off Topic (Non Trade)
    Hello! My name is Deborah Bouziden. My husband and I own Freedom Painting Service. In addition to being Secretary/Treasure for our business I am also a writer. Currently, I am writing a book about the business of painting, specifically house painting. I need ten painters to answer ten...
  11. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Contracting can be a tough way to make a living. And it may be getting tougher. Small businesses have a particularly hard time now borrowing money. There is competition from companies who have very low cost labor. And customers are more difficult to deal with because they have money pressures as...
  12. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    A great read from Kevin Nolan The Seven Critical Elements for Business Success Business Planning - This is the start of all activities. A business must have a Vision and a system to develop the essential road map to get to a desired destination. You must learn how to implement effective...
  13. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    hey guys lookin for some input on how to run a partnership 75-25. my partner just retired from the military and is the 75% owner. I am still active duty and the 25 % partner. the problem i am having is how to split profits when we work the jobs 50-50. but he does all the leg work, estimating...
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