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  1. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    When someone questions how we price a job, depending on how much we want to work with the customer, we'll either tell them one of two things: 1) if it's a very small difference in price, such as, a couple of hundred more than they were expecting to pay (and they seem like people we want to work...
  2. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    As a solo operation how do you manage your time for sales leads? I am curious how most of you do it. And I am in search of NEW ways of managing this time consuming but, needed task. Do you schedule time off at the end of the day to visit potential clients who want an estimate? Do you schedule...
  3. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Hey guys, I used to make a bad assumption that what I do is "just painting" and that the customer would know simple things like we use drop cloths and that all of our paint lines will be very straight. Make a list of all of the things you feel you already do every job and don't forget to tell...
  4. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Here is a new marketing strategy i've learned last month. I am ALWAYS nervous everytime I work for a General Contractor for the first time. Specialy when you get to the job site and someone already started painting but left it half way done. This is exactly what happed last month. I ussualy...
  5. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Are you interested in a website where your potential customers could upload pics and videos of their house so you could do estimates at your leisure?
  6. General Painting Discussion
    I am wondering, how long does it take you to do a quote or estimate. From the first phone call until they receive your quote via email. I am not after what you would like to achieve but what actually happens. I know at least 80% of painters never get the quote back within a week, if at all. I...
  7. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Hi Everyone, I am interested in doing small interior and exterior painting jobs like, decks and fences etc. in the Boston Area problem is... I do not know how to price these jobs...! I have experience painting interiors & have done a couple of decks for friends & family. I actually like...
  8. General Painting Discussion
    Thought this might be a good quick reference tool. It has lots of great info on how to bid jobs and gets into lots of juicy detail. I just read the first 20 pages and it's pretty good.So if you haven't read it yet, check it out...
  9. New Member Introductions
    Please help us with bidding Hello everyone! I've just become a partner in a residential painting business with a friend of mine, we've been friends for 15 years and he's an excellent painter with 12 years experience but no business skills. I'm a residential hvac salesmen for a large company in...
  10. General Painting Discussion
    hello. I am sure we have all been thru this at some point so I am looking for opinions. Situation: past/current client new home the family is living in not yet completed I was doing ext. windows (maple with 9 mullions) and he insists on using his lemmer T95 hvlp. weather turned so I told him...
  11. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Or ask what price the other painters charged. I have never done this because I didn't want to give the impression that I don't know how to price jobs. The only time I ask about other contractors is when I'm already on the job, doing the work and chatting with the customer. Is it a good sales...
  12. Surface Preparation and Application
    I wanted to get some experience feedback on estimating window glazing jobs. Is there a rough formula that any of you use to start. I have an older home that has storm windows of the old wood frame and pane style. Each storm has about 20 or more panes of glass that hinges at the top with...
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