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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 paint jobs. Will […]

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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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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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Grow Your Painting Business – Double Your Revenue Every Year

Learning how to estimate is important for running a painting business… but what is even more important, is knowing HOW to consistently grow your painting business. 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 money to live thru the […]

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

I want to show you how to get free painting leads. But before we go over that, I wanted to share what makes being an entrepreneur so amazing. I love being an entrepreneur because I create my own income. For example, lets say I want to take me and my wife on a month long […]

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How to Create a Professional Painting Proposal

Creating a professional painting proposal is a simple thing you can do, that will immediately set you apart from some of your competition. This is one of the easiest ways to win more business while putting in about the same amount of effort. And any time you can get more with the same amount of […]

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How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House Exterior?

For most people, a home is the most important investment they’ll ever make. Whether you’re in it for the opportunity to resell at a later date, or you want a place to call your own, taking care of that investment becomes an ongoing (and often expensive) task. Many homeowners, aiming to increase curb appeal, choose […]

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Home Advisor Pro Reviews – 2019 – What You Should Know Before Signing Up

A serious focus of any painting business owner, is where to get the next sale. A popular choice for those who are just beginning to look into lead services is Home Advisor Pro. But, in recent years, Home Advisor Pro has caught a lot of attention due to alleged claims of unfair treatment towards their […]

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How to Estimate Exterior Paint Jobs

When you’re just starting out, estimating a job can look very complicated. However, if you talk to a seasoned painter, someone who has been in the business a long time, they’ll tell you how easy it is to estimate exterior paint jobs. Most of them can just look at a house and tell you what […]

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3 Strategies to Keep Your Painting Business Sales Pipeline Full

Running a business is difficult. It becomes even more of a challenge as it grows beyond just a few employees working on a referral basis. One of the biggest struggles in the painting business is keeping your sales pipeline full as you expand your operation beyond six figures. Some of the obstacles that prevent a […]

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How to Identify a Bad Sales System

There are plenty of actions a business owner can take every day to boost business. A common fallback when revenue is low is to increase the amount spent on marketing & lead generation. It makes sense. More advertising should generate more leads, which should lead to more revenue. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, […]

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What Do I Need to Start My Own Painting Company?

Most people who visit this site want answers to the very simple question: What do I need to start my own painting company? We get a lot of emails asking about types of equipment, how many employees, and how much experience is required to actually get a profitable painting business up and running. Our answers […]

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I’m Eric Barstow, creator of Painting Business Pro, founder of National Painting Group & Foothills Painting, Co-Owner of Painter Choice. I’m disrupting the painting industry, and helping thousands of painters start or improve their businesses. I love what I do!

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