Painting Business Articles

Don’t Get a Painting Job – Start Your Own Painting Business.

July 10th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

My very first job was painting houses making $15 per hour. I worked HARD for my $15/hour painting houses for 14 hours straight in the middle of summer.

After I finished the house, I got my check for about $800. That’s pretty awesome for 4 days of work as an 18-year old. Then I saw my boss’ check on his car seat when he took me home.

He had made about $2,000 during those 4 days.

My boss didn’t visit the house once during that time. He was there at the beginning and the end, only to collect the
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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Full Painting Estimate Process

May 12th, 2017 | Eric Barstow | Painting Business Articles | 3 Comments

A carefully crafted estimate process is invaluable. Why? Because:

  • You can make more sales.
  • You can sell at a higher price point.
  • You can set better expectations with your customer.
  • You can provide a better customer experience.
  • You can spend more money on marketing because you sell more jobs at a higher price point.

Overall… your business grows significantly! The higher your company sales rate, the faster your company will grow. It’s the most valuable part of your business to make improvements on.

In this article, we’re going to outline what a good estimate process looks like from start to
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How to Create the Perfect Residential Painting Proposal

May 12th, 2017 | Eric Barstow | Painting Business Articles | 2 Comments

One of the biggest mistakes painting contractors make is how they deliver their painting proposal to a prospective customer.

First, you need to deliver it on the spot. Do not send an email proposal after the fact.

Second, you need to make sure it’s written in a professional way, it’s detailed, and it provides options and customizations for the customer.

Third, you need to have a strong close when you present the proposal.

We’re going to look at why these are such important aspects to selling a paint job, and how can immediately improve your sales rate with a
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How to Name Your Painting Company

April 3rd, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Uncategorized | No Comments

Painting Company Name Guide

After working with over 4,500 painters in our community, we have seen every painting company name imaginable.

Business owners often name their painting company based on these themes:

  • Memorable/Unique Names
  • Emphasis on Quality Names
  • Owner-Named Companies
  • Locally-Generated Names
  • Powerful Names
  • Friendly Names
  • Funny Names
  • Money-Saving Names

(These are actual painting company names)

Memorable/Unique Painting Company Names:

Men in Pink Painters
Crash of Rhinos Painting
Picasso Painting & Pressure Washing
DaVinci and Sons
Blue Fox
Painting
Happy Dog Painting
The Italian Job Painting
Paint Chimp 1 Day Painters
If Walls Could Talk
American Veteran Painting

Pro: The
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How to Bid a Paint Job – A Free Guide to Estimating

March 25th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 23 Comments

I’ve painted houses for 11 years now and I still run into situations that are difficult to bid, but over time i’ve developed a simple process that can teach anyone to bid a painting job; exterior or interior.

There are really only 5 expenses to consider when estimating a paint job:

  • Paint
  • Materials
  • Labor
  • Marketing
  • Your Mark-up

That’s why I love painting businesses; they’re simple. I’ll break down each of these categories in detail:

1. How Much is Paint?

A gallon of paint can be anywhere from $15-80. It really depends on the brand, the quality and the contractor discount
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How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House? – Free Picture Guide

March 24th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 5 Comments

Experienced painters know how many different situations come up when painting a house. I’ve painted houses for 11 years and I still come across obstacles that are difficult to estimate.

It’s impossible to include every potential pricing factor when estimating a paint job, but In short, almost every painting bid will fall between these prices:

Exterior Painting

Size of House Stories Total Cost
1500 sq ft. 1 $1500-$2300
2500 sq ft. 2 $2500-$3500
4000 sq ft. 3 $4000-$6000

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Use this Proven Phone Script to Set Up a Painting Estimate

February 20th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 5 Comments

I’ve called thousands of sales leads over the years. I’ve also worked with over 1,400 painting companies and seen their sales process with job leads. I’ve discovered that some companies have a WAY higher closing rate than others. Some companies will literally sell eight jobs out of 10 leads. Others will MAYBE close one job out of 10 leads.

What’s the difference?
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How to Start a Painting Business for $500

February 18th, 2017 | Eric Barstow | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 5 Comments

Sounds impossible? Hear me out. You can start a painting business with just these few steps:

  • Register your company – $100
  • Create a website – Free
  • Get insurance – $100 per month
  • Painting equipment – Free (I’ll explain later)
  • Bid for jobs
  • Getting your first painting customer – $100
  • Make a profit

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7 Proven Ways to Market Your Painting Business

February 15th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 8 Comments

If you don’t have effective marketing, you don’t have a business. Every potential customer starts as a lead or prospect. Unfortunately, most marketing doesn’t work. But here are seven proven ways that have worked for our painting businesses, which are now generating $4 million in annual revenue in five states.
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How to Grow Your Painting Business, Part 6: House Painting Leads

March 6th, 2015 | Eric Barstow | Painting Business Articles, Videos | 2 Comments


Hey how is it going? This is Eric; I’m the co-owner of Painter Choice and the founder of Painting Business Pro. And this is the sixth video in a series of six videos teaching you how to grow your painting business and in the first five videos; we’ve covered a whole lot of stuff.
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