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

July 10th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Uncategorized | 12 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 deposit and balance checks.

I quickly decided I wanted to be an OWNER of a painting business. Not an employee.

What did he do really? Sell the job? I could do that. Get the paint? I could do that.

Next year I started my own painting business. I went door-to-door asking people: “Hi I noticed some peeling on your house, would you like a free painting estimate”.

This got me about 1-2 leads per hour. If I got 10 leads in an afternoon, usually about half of those turned into an estimate. After doing 5 bids I would sell 2 of them.

I sold one paint job for $2,400 and another for $3,800. Suddenly I had 2 of my very own jobs to produce!

My business officially had $6,200 in revenue!

I painted the jobs myself over 9 days and made $5,100. That means I made almost triple the amount as an OWNER of a painting business, doing almost the same amount of work.

People usually don’t start their own painting company because they don’t know where to start, or HOW to start. Or they think it’s too expensive.

Here’s a checklist of exactly what I needed to start:

  • A registered business – I registered mine on Colorado’s Secretary of State website
  • A business name
  • A website – I created mine on Weebly for free
  • Business cards – I got 500 on Vista print
  • Liability insurance
  • Paint Sprayer
  • 2 ladders – 15’ step ladder and a 24’ extension ladder
  • Brushes, Rollers, Roller extension, Scraper
  • Masker
  • Caulking gun
  • Pressure Washer

We have a more detailed article on how to do all of this for under $500 here

There were a couple things I had to learn as well:

But learning this was priceless.

1 year later, I had my own painting company doing $200,000 a year in revenue. I had 2 reliable crews doing all my production for me. I BECAME my boss. And I made $120,000 that year (I made $30,000 the previous year).

When you work as an employee for a painting company the maximum you can ever make is around $20-$30 per hour. If you’re the boss of your own painting company, you can make exponential gains by hiring the right people.


It is very easy to start a painting business. Don’t let a lack of knowledge get in the way of tripling your income as a painter.

We sell a complete course on everything you’ll ever need to know on starting a painting business here:

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