How to Double Your Painting Business in 21 Simple Steps

Part I…

painting business

Can you grow with a brush in your hand?

Let’s preface this discussion by saying that there is no right or wrong size for a paint contracting business, no one size fits all.

Crew size and configuration is completely dependant on the market you operate in and your potential to generate work.

This discussion is geared more to the paint contractor who is in the first 5 years of business, and it is not based on empirical data, but rather my own 16 years of experience in hiring and employing painters.

The First Double: Going from One to Two

The Solo Show
Many, perhaps most, of us start out as solo operators. Taking on small paint jobs and executing them by ourselves. This is the simplest way to do business, and can either be a powerhouse of profit or a treadmill to burnout. That is up to you. I did it for many years before becoming an employer. At least 10 or 12 years in fact. I know all of the advantages and disadvantages to the model. And I chose not to spend my career in business in that mode. If you are reading this, I will assume you have done it too, and not go into the gory details. The solo show can be one of the most profitable modes to be in. You may not make as much money as you would like to, and you will have to work consistently hard, but it’s entirely do-able. Personally, I think it is great for specialists, such as faux artists, mural specialists, wallcovering installers, etc. For a paint contractor, it comes with limitations. [Read More]

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