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dyier 01-16-2008 02:56 PM

Starting a Paint Business
 
I want to start a small one man (myself) interior re-paint business. Finding customers seems to be a daunting task since I do not have the funds for advertising or references to give potential customers. Also I am clueless to what to charge or how to estimate.

Any tips on how to get this old horse out of the barn?

:huh:

sirwired 01-16-2008 03:42 PM

Try the "contractortalk.com" website associated with this one... they should have tons of advice.

SirWired

dyier 01-16-2008 04:07 PM

They tell noobs like me who ask these type of questions to come to this forum.:furious:

Nathan 01-16-2008 04:12 PM

No, we tell homeowners who ask DIY questions to come over here. That forum is more of a business forum. If your getting into the business then your welcome.

Your also welcome to try www.PaintTalk.com. Once again it's a business forum and not a how to forum

Sammy 01-16-2008 05:51 PM

Finding customers is easy!

Try contacting some local realtors that focus on rentals. They always need painting.

Maybe even talk to some local painters and see if they have overflow work that you can do as a sub or maybe with some kind of referral agreement where they get a percentage.

Being a one person operation you wont be able to do larger jobs, but let that be your specialty for the smaller jobs larger companies dont want to mess with.

Advertising is costly and has a low return. Work more on the face to face relationships.

Price you'll have to check what other like people charge..

References you'll have to build over time... First few jobs til you get established could be sold on "If you dont like it its free or I'll repaint it"

Workaholic 01-16-2008 06:35 PM

I don't see Nathan show up on this forum very often. Good to know he looks out for everyone.
Contractor talk is a good place to go, lots of friendly ppl there. You can rub people the wrong way if you come across like you are wanting their help for pricing.
Easiest way to learn how to estimate is knowing how long the task will take you in man hours, then you can figure out what your time is worth.

dyier 01-16-2008 07:18 PM

Thanks for the great ideas Sammy.

Sammy 01-17-2008 06:09 PM

Your welcome.

Let me know how it turns out..

Building a business is easy if your not afraid of wearing out some shoe leather, talking to customers, and being true to your word on the job.

harmonpa 06-13-2017 09:07 PM

Re: Starting a Paint Business
 
A few additional free ideas you could consider include networking with a local paint store like your local Sherwin Williams they often will have a list of contractors they refer out when someone from the street comes in to ask. Craiglist may offer some oportunity as well as local chamber networking. Over time it could be wise to set aside some of the profits to focus on other advertising forms. This guide to marketing a paint business can help with some of the options that would be paid.

chrisn 06-14-2017 03:34 AM

Re: Starting a Paint Business
 
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Originally Posted by harmonpa (Post 4334122)
A few additional free ideas you could consider include networking with a local paint store like your local Sherwin Williams they often will have a list of contractors they refer out when someone from the street comes in to ask. Craiglist may offer some oportunity as well as local chamber networking. Over time it could be wise to set aside some of the profits to focus on other advertising forms. This guide to marketing a paint business can help with some of the options that would be paid.

You do realize this thread is 9 years old?

BIG Johnson 06-14-2017 04:50 AM

Re: Starting a Paint Business
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chrisn (Post 4334378)
You do realize this thread is 9 years old?

I wonder how it turned out.

Gymschu 06-14-2017 07:11 AM

Re: Starting a Paint Business
 
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Originally Posted by BIG Johnson (Post 4334426)
I wonder how it turned out.

Rumor has it that he bought a Wagner power sprayer to apply ProMar 200 to EVERYTHING. He was out of business soon after starting........

mark sr 06-14-2017 11:05 AM

Re: Starting a Paint Business
 
I'm somewhat partial to the ProMar 200. It's a decent paint for the price although I wouldn't want to use anything cheaper. Those that spray when they shouldn't just make those that know when to spray [or not] look better.

IMO the best way to start a painting business is part time and then work your way towards full time. If you are honest and do good work - the business should flourish.

getrex 06-14-2017 11:36 AM

Re: Starting a Paint Business
 
Hate PM200. That is all.

mark sr 06-14-2017 02:38 PM

Re: Starting a Paint Business
 
I take it you've never been forced to use ProMar 400 or 700.

IMO it's a great builder grade paint [a lot better than 400] and mostly what I've used on new residential .... unless someone wants to pay more.


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