Painting Business Articles

How Much Paint do You Need? Picture Guide – Exterior + Interior

January 9th, 2018 | Chandler Zieg | Painting Business Articles | 3 Comments

We’ve painted over 2,000 homes and choosing the right amount of paint is still tricky. Paint is expensive and you don’t want to overbuy (paint stores will not refund an already tinted gallon of paint).

We recommend only buying about 80% of the estimated paint you need at first and then buying the remainder when you’re almost finished. This keeps you from overbuying paint.

However, sometimes you don’t have time to make 2 trips to the paint store and you have to take a leap of faith. This guide will help you decide how much paint you need:

Exterior House
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Hiring Painters – How to Find Good Help

November 16th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Painting Business Articles | 16 Comments

One of the biggest questions we get is “How do you find good help? Everyone I hire seems to be unreliable.”

This is a valid point. Many subcontractors are not reliable. They either show up late (or not at all) and their work is shoddy.

If you’re trying to grow your painting business, bad subcontractors can really put a wrench in your operation. You have to show up to the job site to make sure everything’s ok, or go to the paint store to get something they forgot. THEN you have to deal with an angry customer who’s not satisfied
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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 | 14 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 | 5 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 | 18 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
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 | 104 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.

For more detailed estimating, we recommend this software: PlanSwift

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
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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 | 16 Comments

Can we help you find a painter?

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

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Use this Proven Phone Script to Set Up a Painting Estimate

February 20th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 17 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 | 49 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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