How to Start a Painting Business 1-2-3
Get educated and acquire experience in the painting field before launching your own company. Not only are
you providing a painting service, customers are looking to you for advice and recommendations. You need to be
knowledgeable on paints, stains and primers and making drywall repairs.
It is also good to have a system in place where you work efficiently and can get jobs done fast. Customers
like this, but it also means that you can take on more jobs and increase revenue.
You also need to know how advertise to get customers and to estimate jobs so that you can deliver an
attractive price to your customers while still turning a profit. Follow the tips below to find out
how.Business Licenses for Painting Businesses
Generally, businesses are required to get a business license to ensure that they are complying with
Each city, county and state has different requirements when it comes to licensing and permits. To make this
task easier, Business.gov can provide information and specific instructions for your local area and type of
business at their website. You can enter your zip code and business type, and you'll receive information on
licensing requirements as well as permits, tax documentation and office contact information.
Before you launch your painting business, start with a plan. Working as an employee for a painting company
and owning your own painting business are two entirely different things.
By planning, you can more successfully estimate start-up costs and set up a realistic operating budget so
your business won't fail due to lack of funds. You'll also enable your business to more easily receive
financing (if needed), and marketing and advertising will be easier to manage.
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Use Professional Proposal Kits to create proposals, contracts and estimates. Proposal Kits make
your work easier - plus they protect your business, can get you more clients and create more
accurate quotes for you.
Painting Business Plan
If you've never written a business plan before, you'll appreciate viewing some sample business plans,
especially business plans of other painting contractors.
You can see a sample plan here for a residential and commercial painting service: Painting Company Business Plan. Once you've reviewed a sample
business plan, you can use the same or similar plan structure and modify the plan by inputting your own
painting business details."Start a Painting Business" Start-up Guide
Starting a painting business doesn't require a large investment or even much overhead to operate. You also
don't have to spend lots of money advertising your service, like you would with other types of businesses.
That said, you don't want to start your painting company without knowing the basics of running a business.
With a Painting Business Start-up Guide, you can
get the expert guidance that will help you start your painting business.
- Follow a Step-by-Step Outline from a business expert, so you understand exactly what you need to
do to start your painting business.
- Where to Find Professional Resources you can contact and ways to save money on start-up and
- How to Get Customers Fast: Discover marketing and advertising strategies that will enable you
attract a continuous flow of customers and turn a profit faster.
Start a Painting BusinessStart a Mural or Faux Painting Business
Rebecca Pittman has 25 years experience as a professional muralist and faux painter. She shows you how to
turn faux, mural, and decorative painting skills into a real career that you can run from home.
She covers everything from buying supplies to growing a successful business, including how to get referrals,
buy insurance, create a portfolio, work with supply stores, evaluate job sites, negotiate prices, interview
clients and more.
Faux Painting/Mural Business Start-Up
Marketing Your Painting Business
Print Brochures Showing Your Services and
Don't just tell people about your painting business - show them! Pictures are worth a thousand words, and
brochures can present a professional company image - while selling your services to potential clients at the
You want to use quality materials and photos if you can, but company brochures don't have to be expensive.
You can use programs online to design your own brochures, and
have them automatically printed for you at a discounted price. See also: Design
Your Own Logo
Advertise with Signs
Use a car magnet to advertise your business while you are on the road, a yard sign to announce a sale or a
banner to promote your store's grand opening. You can design and create your own signs cheaply online.
Set up a painting business website using a free website
builder to advertise your painting services. Help people find you in the search engines: get listed in 20 search engines for free or in 300 search engines for $4.
Local Search is becoming more and more
popular. People are many times using online search instead of the traditional yellow pages to find local
businesses. Local Search sources that are affordable and receive substantial traffic include: Google Local,
Yelp, Super Pages and Insider Pages.
Do a postcard mailing to introduce your painting business to potential customers. Using low-cost online
services makes this an easy marketing task. First, decide on a special offer or hold a grand opening sale.
Second, design your postcards online using professional postcard templates with VistaPrint (you can get 50% off here). And third, get targeted leads from a lead
generation company like Resource Nation.
Painting Business Resources:
Andy Thompson of Andy Thompson's Painting company publishes several articles, including "Top 7 Reasons
to Start a Painting Business".
You can get his free report, "The 7 BIGGEST Mistakes Painting Contractors Make, and How to Fix Them" at his