How to get started with your own painting service.
Having a small business and being independent is the goal of many people around the world.
Starting a painting service is one of the easiest to get off the ground simply because it’s a service and so therefore it’s mostly work. What I mean is you don’t have the need buy stock inventory, you don’t need to have a store front or a warehouse.
With a few simple tools and some know how you can be off and running. It’s important to know that painting is a skill but one that can be learned and with time you’ll become faster and more efficient.
If you’re considering this as a business it might pay to work as an apprentice for a professional painter for several months before you take on your own venture. But if you’ve painted in the past then you already know what you’re getting into and the skills it takes to be profitable in this business.
Here’s what you need to get started.
300.00 & up
With this business it pays to have a truck or small van for your equipment.
You’ll need a collection of canvas/plastic tarps.
Masking tape and paper – old newspaper will suffice.
You’ll need a collections of paint brushes and rollers.
Spacle knife and paint scrapers
Additional supplies, helpful but not necessary to get started.
Power sprayers and paint injected rollers
The Supply list is quite simple
Paint, spackle, & primer
Getting the work
As always it pays to get licensed and bonded but this is a business that you can start and work towards that as a goal. Some people will not hire a person unless they are insured but many times, high quality work for a lower price will get the job. If you’re a hard worker, motivated to succeed and the go getter type, you can go quite far in this business. Everyone who owns a home, condo, small business, or even shed is a potential customer. This is a business that can be started by simply letting people know that you’re in business.
Get some simple business cards together with your business name and phone number. Make sure you give them to everyone you talk with. Make up a run of flyer’s to be distributed through your area. If you passing them out yourself make sure you take to everyone you can. Let them know that no job is too big or too small.
Contact real estate agents in the area, they often have leads and want a good, almost too good of a price. But those jobs lead to more jobs, so be ready to offer a discount.
Contact every apartment complex manager and owner possible. Let them know about your service, be professional and polite but don’t forget to close the sale. Getting these jobs are sales calls so make sure you don’t forget to close the sale.
Network with other painters in your area, yes they are the competition but they can also be an allie. If fact many established painters often turn down jobs that are too small, simply because they don’t have the time. They may be willing to pass those job onto you, especially if you provide them a lead or two of a job that may actually be to big for you when you’re getting started.
How to paint
Painting is a skill and as I mentioned you will get better with time but there is a process that should be followed. Whether inside or outside, you’ll first want to clear anything that could get in your way, out of the way. If it’s the interior you’ll want to clear the furniture and wall hanging, things like that. If the exterior is being painted, it could be toys, bikes, rakes and hoses, anything else that’s typically left outside and around the house. Once everything has been removed, you’ll start to remove any loose paint with your paint scraper, and sand any rough areas. A power washer can be quite helpful in preparing the outside of the building being painted. Next, start the process of masking anything that you don’t want painted, such as windows, door knobs fixture and the like. Layout the drop clothes and tarps in the area that you will begin painting.
Setup a work station where your paint and supplies will be easy to access. The first step after scraping the loose areas and sanding, will be to patch any wholes in the walls and fill any nail holes. Make sure and match any textures that exists on the wall being repaired.
When painting it’s important to “cut in” everything, cutting in means to paint around any tight areas that can’t be painted with a roller. There are special brushes designed for this job, these brushes have an angle cut into them for this purpose. You’ll cut in all the corners, tight angled areas, around door knobs, and light fixtures, light switches, baseboards, etc. Next you’ll begin the process of rolling out the walls and painting large areas that require brush painting, apply several even coats and be sure to do a through job.
Make sure to clean your brushes and rollers and other painting tools each and every day. If you don’t you’ll always be spending your profits on new equipment.
Be consistent, always do a high quality job and make sure that you always leave a few business cards with your customers. If your doing quality work at a good price they will pass them on to their friends and neighbors. It’s the nature of people to tell others of a job well done.
As with any business this is a sales job as well, so make sure to study up on your sales skills. There are plenty of books on the subject and the knowledge can only increase you profits. Always make sure to ask your customer for referrals.
To your success & good luck.