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Old 11-27-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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New member! I am almost 50, in great shape.... no! its not a personal ad.... but I wanted to start an interior paint business. I have a Fine Arts degree and my boyfriend partner is a perfectionist. Currently and forever employed with a company. Im in Kansas City area. Think this start up is not too hard but looking for WISDOM, you did it, you know it? Alexis


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Old 11-27-2007, 08:18 PM   #2
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Best thing to do first is start as an apprentice/helper for an established company and do that for a few years
Take business courses at night during this time


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Old 11-29-2007, 11:37 PM   #3
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Two ways to do it.

Learn the skills, customer service and equipment. Do the work yourself.

The other is to create a business, hire employees, get tons of insurance and a good lawyer.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:45 AM   #4
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and read the recent post on here "Are All Contractors Trying To Rip Me Off" or something along those lines...welcome to hell
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:37 AM   #5
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It sounds to me like an interior decorating business would be more suitable, where you use your Fine Arts skills to help clients decide how to decorate their houses, and then you work with quality subcontractors to actually do the painting. Starting "cold", with the painting, with no previous commercial painting experience, and nobody to show you the ropes and all the sorts of timesaving tricks you will need to know to actually make money, is going to be rough.

Courses on small business management from your local community college are going to be almost a necessity.

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