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Why Start a Painting Business?

In 2010 it was time for me to start my own business. I had just graduated from college after working with another painting company for the last 6 years where I trained other students on all of the aspects of running a painting business. It was a no brainer for me – I KNEW I […]

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How to Start a Painting Business From Scratch

Want to learn how to start a painting business without having much money? Here’s how I got started and how you can do the same: I started my painting company in 2010 with $200, and in 2014 we sold over $1,000,000 in house painting. Over the last 10 years I’ve helped hundreds of others start a painting business. […]

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How to Bid or Estimate Paint Jobs

Coming up with the right price for painting a house is important. For most people, this is a big concern, and rightly so. If you estimate too low, you don’t make money. If you estimate too high, you don’t get the job. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to estimate. Will you mess […]

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Marketing 101: How to Get Painting Customers

There are a lot of marketing services and in this video I review a few of them. This is just a small introduction to marketing and the basics of marketing you painting company. I have a word of caution about marketing. One of the biggest mistakes I see painters making is judging a marketing service […]

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How to Subcontract Work

Subcontracting is just a way to hire a professional painter to work for you. Why do that? Consider the alternative – hiring painters. You can post an ad to find a painter – someone who is looking for employment, for a job. Sometimes they are looking for something long-term, sometimes they are looking for some […]

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Be Great at Sales

This is a video from our 2014 Sales & Marketing Training. Every January we hold a sales and marketing training for all of our sales reps – new and old. The purpose of this training is to train and retrain. We make adjustments to our systems every year, and people get rusty. This is a […]

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Why NOT to Buy a Painting Franchise

If you are thinking of buying a painting franchise, stop right now. I’m going to break down the fundamental problems with buying a painting franchise, and the alternative options you have to start a painting company. This is based on my experience growing a multi-state, multi-million-dollar painting business where we considered becoming a franchise but […]

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HomeAdvisor Pro – Reviews and Complaints

If you run a painting company, or any home service business, you’ve probably heard of HomeAdvisor Pro – a site that connects homeowners with professionals. I’ve worked with HomeAdvisor on and off for several years, and have hundreds of customers who have used their services and given me feedback. In this article, I’m going to […]

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Guest Post Requests

As of now, Painting Business Pro blog is accepting guest posts. Unfortunately, I can’t accept every request that comes in, so here are a few guidelines for writing guest posts on Painting Business Pro: What am I looking for? Most of the posts on Painting Business Pro are intended to help business owners (in the trades […]

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Double Your Painting Business Every Year

Learning how to estimate is important for running a painting business… but what is even more important, is knowing HOW to run a painting business so that it’s highly profitable. I started Foothills Painting in 2010 knocking on doors and offering free estimates. I did just a few jobs in the fall to make enough […]

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Free Painting Leads: How to Get Your First Jobs for Free

I love being an entrepreneur because I create my own income. For example, lets say I want to take me and my girlfriend on a month long trip to Costa Rica this December. I need to make an extra $10,000 to make that trip happen. That means we need to do an extra $100,000 in […]

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How to Oversee 400+ House Painting Projects Per Year

Video: Our production system from when a client books with us until they write the final check. Paul is our production manager. He’s 25 years old and will oversee the painting of 400 homes this year, for over one million in revenue. For 90% of those homes, he will never even step on their property. […]

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How Vidal Booked His First $35,000 in Paint Jobs

Meet Vidal. He is 22 years old and lives in South Carolina. Like you, he found me online and was thinking about starting a painting business. Also like you, he had no clue how to start earning profit as a painting business owner. However, he bought my course, Painting Business Pro, July 31, 2014. Then […]

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Mike Quit His Job, Started a Painting Business, Grew to $1 Million in 2 years

I want to tell you the story about how Mike went from working 40 hours per week, hating his job to working less than 30 hours per week, growing his income, and running a business… and loving it. …. and it only took him 3 months to quit his job and grow his income …. […]

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How to Build Your Painting Website & Get Ranked on Google

Over the last 4 years, I’ve done a lot of different stuff with my Foothills Painting website. I made some mistakes. I lost some money. I made some shitty websites. I’ve learned along the way, and I’m going to teach you the lessons I have learned. In 2010, Foothills Painting started and my roommate was […]

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Why People Spend $1,000,000 on a McDonalds Franchise – and How it Can Help Your Painting Business

A McDonald’s franchise cost $1,000,000 to start… give or take a few hundred thousand. Why would anyone risk that kind of money? Because it is not a risk. When is the last time you saw a McDonald’s with a “closed” or “out of business” sign? Probably never. If you go into a McDonald’s anywhere in […]

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