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Tips on how to stand out from the competition?

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Hey fellow painters. As the owner of a new painting business, and also being an amateur painter, I'm wondering what are some practices/procedures that I should adhere to in order to positively stand out from the fly-by-nighters and other painting contractors?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions 馃槑
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not be an amateur painter... Sorry, but its true.
Aside from skill level, what are some practices that differentiate an amateur/novice from a seasoned pro?
Be an exellent painter!! That really is the only thing that will make you different from an average painter. Your reputation is what will propel you forward. Then as you get jobs under your belt, adjust your prep, masking, cut & roll, etc. techniques to suit the job and cost. Just DO NOT sacrifice quality of product or service because you messed up and got your bid wrong.
I like that last part about not sacrificing quality - great point!
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dont under estimate the trade, youll get exposed
As in don't underbid the competition? I would think coming in a little lower than the other seasoned contractors at the start seems harmless to me
Pretty much the collection of tools that make the job easier, quicker, and better looking. Drops are probably the top thing one would invest in to start. Use butyl for interior, canvas for exterior and don't switch them around. I do like the canvas ones with the black nubs on the bottom for hardwood, tile, and stairs. I can't tell you to invest in Festool equipment on day one, but eventually you will want some sort of hepa sander/dust combo.
Sounds good!

The Festool line is sweet! Will eventually acquire the sander/vacuum combo
Pretty much the collection of tools that make the job easier, quicker, and better looking. Drops are probably the top thing one would invest in to start. Use butyl for interior, canvas for exterior and don't switch them around. I do like the canvas ones with the black nubs on the bottom for hardwood, tile, and stairs. I can't tell you to invest in Festool equipment on day one, but eventually you will want some sort of hepa sander/dust combo.
Noted, thank you!
One needs be VERY CAREFUL about being the cheaper option! Better to build slow on a GREAT rep charging full market rates. IF one wants to offer a cheaper edge give a "Senior's Discount" or run time limited Specials Rates. Just don't fall into the cheap painter's market, you could end up with a lifetime of pain that way. (Cheap clients are most often the most troublesome)
Good point about cheap clients being the most troublesome - I've seen it happen to buddies in different trades.

I like your point about building slow on a great rep and charging full market prices. This way I don't sell myself short and it will also encourage me to hold myself to a high standard 馃.

Tha ms for your input!
In general, try to develop into a good tool. Maybe even the best on the market (if the funds allow, of course). The people you will work for may have seen more than one team of workers and they have something to compare with. And this will characterize you. In addition, a cheap tool will only emphasize your inexperience, an expensive one will hide it. Hair from brushes and rollers, lines from spatulas are the last thing you need. Yes, and last-buy comfortable shoes. This is important. The painter stands a lot and moves a lot. Climbs-gets off. Do not immediately acquire all the sores.
"In addition, a cheap tool will only emphasize your inexperience, an expensive one will hide it. " I really like this point! I'm going to commit it to memory for when someone scoffs at me for buying high-end equipment, lol
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