How To Start A House Painting Business

Interested in earning money painting houses? Learn the basics of advertising, making estimates, gathering supplies and finishing the job.


| July/August 1974



Painting Houses

Hang your bucket on the side of the ladder nearest your paintin' arm for easiest access.


PHOTO: JOEL ELLIS

If you really want to help "Keep America Beautiful"... start a house painting business! You'll find, as I did, that the venture can bring you a good income and many fringe benefits: outdoor work, varied location, a choice of hours and plenty of chances to meet new and interesting people. You'll also have the satisfaction of performing a valuable service. A home, after all, is a lifetime investment which its owner wants to protect.

How to Get House Painting Jobs

Of all the good, inexpensive ways to hustle house painting jobs, the best is word of mouth: One satisfied customer tells another ... and the system goes to work for you as soon as you've got a first assignment in a given neighborhood. A nearby homeowner sees you in action, approaches casually, asks a few questions ... and just minutes later you may be across the street at his place, looking over a potential job. One paint crew will often get two or three homes to do, all in the same block.

First, though, you've got to get that original contact. Use as many free sources of publicity as possible ... for instance, the community bulletin boards in supermarkets and laundromats.

Your hand-printed bulletin board notices should be worded to appeal to a particular neighborhood. "Student seeks house-painting jobs" is often a good approach (people seem to think that student labor comes cheap). An offer of "free estimates" is also attractive, since it assures the potential customer that he won't be ripped off. On the bottom of the note write the phrase "House Painter" and your phone number, vertically, eight or ten times and cut between the slips. Tear off a few to make business look good.

If your local radio station or newspaper has a swap service, get yourself listed (or take a three-line ad in the classified section of the paper for $3 to $5).

Another good source of jobs and information is a local paint store ... one that carries a good, reliable line and does a high volume of business. A friendly management can help you get started by giving you a lead in return for using their products.

bobfortune
3/14/2014 1:20:01 AM

Starting a house painting job is a challenging job. It needs courage to deal with a lot of difficulties. The tips here will definitely be liked by all the people who want to be in this business. Great work done...!! :)






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