Business Ideas Part 4
Welcome back to day four in this series about creating businesses with very low startup costs. Today's idea can have some startup cost depending on the supplies that you have. For the idea today we are gong to be looking into the paining business. Note, I am not talking about the portrait painting business or antying that could be considered art. Instead I am talking about simple interior or exterior painting.
In the past couple of weeks I have been on a crew that has gotten involved in a number of painting jobs. So far I have painted both inside and out, but the process is the same for each.
This business plan is very easy to follow as there are only three main steps that you need to worry about in order to be successful: find a customer, do the painting, collect the money. While there is a little more finesse that goes into it, that is the gist of what needs to be done.
If you are just starting out then you will want to purchase the following items. All of which can be purchased for less than $50 at your local hardware store. I generally prefer going to Lowes, but Home Depot, McCoy's or any other store should have everything that you need.
- Paint Roller(s)
- Paint Brush(es) - Varrying Sizes
- Painters Tape
- Drop Cloth
- Paint Tray
- Step Ladder
In addition to the supplies you will also need some customers. One way that seems to work pretty well is by advertising your services on Craigslist. While this seems to work pretty well, you will be up against quite a bit of competition. One way to stand out here is to show pictures of work that you have done in the past and use proper spelling and grammar. It is amazing to see how many of the people on there saying that they are good painters can't spell worth a lick. If you can use even decent grammar, then you should stand out. I understand that if you are just starting out then you wont have any photos to show, but after the first job that you complete you will have pictures that you can use.
Another way that you can get clients is by using services such as Thumbtack or Home Advisor. You might get more leads this way, but you do have to pay for each lead that you get even if they don't turn into paying clients. If you are just getting started, then I wouldn't necessarily go for these options, but instead go for the free leads that you can get with Craigslist.
Since you have now gathered your materials and gotten a client, it is time to start painting. When painting anything you want to make sure that you have a smooth, clean surface to paint. This is where the sandpaper can come in. Use the sandpaper to smooth down any rough spots before starting to paint. Once it is smooth you will want to put your tape down to give good crisp lines at the border of where you do and where you don't want paint. Put down the drop cloth and you are ready to get painting.
This is all just for the basic solid color painting. If you would like to specialize you can do work on patterns such as a chevron pattern, or a variety of other patterns that people like to pin saying they would like it without ever getting around to it.
All in all the painting business can be quite profitable once you get started. Since the boundary to getting started is so low, I don't know why you wouldn't want to look at starting a painting business if you are looking for something to start, but can't seem to come up with any ideas.
If this business is something that you think you could pull off, feel free to take this idea and run with it. If you do, please let me know as I would love to hear of success stories of people starting their businesses. Come back tomorrow for part 5 of this series. I hope you will stop by.