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Painting Business Tips, Tricks and strategies for running a successful painting business. Use and Profit from nearly two decades painting skills, business and consulting experience.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Take Enthusiastic Action

Yesterday I talked about the importance of gathering information and how important that is to getting a fast start.

The time and money you invest in gaining the knowledge you will need gives you the inspiration and confidence to move on to step two.

…And it also saves you time and helps you avoid the stress and frustration of trial and error! As they say, “Education isn’t cheap but it costs a heck of a lot less than failure!”

Today I’m going to talk about what to do with all your new found knowledge… After all what good is gaining knowledge if you don’t know what to do with it?

Step #2: Take Enthusiastic Action: Procrastination is the enemy of enthusiasm!

If you find yourself procrastinating about starting your painting business it may be because you don’t think you have what it takes to succeed or that there is too much to learn before you can get started.

This type of thinking will keep you stuck in your comfort zone! One thing I am constantly telling painting business owners is “Don’t over think things.”

It is easy to think of one reason after another why what you want to do won’t work… It simply doesn’t make sense to try to figure out what step two, three and four will be before you have taken the FIRST step.

When you begin by taking action on the first step and you do it with enthusiasm you quickly see how all that changes. You get a spark of excitement; you realize that it is not so scary after all and that you DO indeed have what it takes to make it happen!

So step #2 is to simply put what you learned during your information gathering phase into action, one step at a time.

Whether you choose to use Painting for Profits or some other home study course it comes down to what you do with that information (the actions you take) that will produce results.

Even the best information is worthless unless you put it into action. Once you begin to take action the next step is evaluating your outcome and using what worked to create momentum!

More on Step #3 Creating Momentum tomorrow!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Painting Business Success ~ Fast! A Simple 3 Step Process

There is nothing wrong with fast success! In fact it is quite easy to get off to a fast start even if you are just getting started…

Here is the first step in a simple proven three step process for getting your painting business off to the fastest start possible. (Or sparking new life into your existing painting business that may be just limping along.)

  1. Step # 1 – The Information Gathering Phase: Knowledge gives you Power!

Arguably the first and most important step in starting or growing ANY business is the information gathering phase.

Unfortunately, it is also the most overlooked… If you want to succeed at anything, the first thing to do is find people who are already successful and duplicate their actions.

For example: It is really easy for me to teach house painters how to start and grow a successful painting business because I have done it myself, but when I decided to create Painting for Profits and make it available online I had no idea how to do it.

The first thing I did was research and gather information about what it takes to successfully market my book online.

I spent hours sifting through course after course and I invested Thousands of dollars purchasing and applying systems taught by people who were already successful as online marketers.

Needless to say because I took this first step, “Gather Information” I saved myself an untold amount of time and frustration trying to figure it out on my own.

It is no different for house painters who want to start their own business. Sure you know how to paint (Or you know someone who does) but do you know how to locate and bring in a consistent flow of jobs?

Do you know how to bid and estimate the jobs to ensure a high close rate and higher than average profits?

What about hiring employees or keeping good records? There is a lot of knowledge to gain before you just jump right in.

Investing a few hours and a few hundred dollars in the beginning will put you way ahead of the competition and give you the confidence to take action, knowing that the actions you take are going to produce predictable profits.

I will reveal step 2 tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Keep Gaining Knowledge...

The one MAJOR lesson I took from 2007 was to always keep learning, listening and growing… No kidding all the really successful business owners I spoke to made it a point to keep gaining the knowledge they needed to stay ahead of the crowd.

…and there is no more critical time to gather the needed information than when you are just getting started!

I have just finished updating and expanding Painting for Profits and my goal was to create the absolute best source of information available anywhere on the process of starting and growing a profitable painting business.

I will do everything I can to help you reach your painting business goals this year.

That process starts with creating dialog… This blog will educate, challenge and keep you informed about the “Business Side” of the Painting Business.

If at any time you have a specific question please feel free to email me and I will do my very best to help. I don’t claim to have all the answers but I do have access to some of the most respected people in our industry and I am confident that I can point you in the right direction.

Remember - the first step in accomplishing your goals starts with gaining the knowledge you need about what it takes to achieve the success you desire.

Like I said, I have just finished Updating and Expanding Painting for Profits for 2008 and I’ve got to tell you, it is bigger and better in every way! My plan is to release the updated version on January 28 and everyone who purchases the e-Book download between now and then will receive a FREE upgrade to the 2008 version when it is released.

Oh, I forgot to mention I will be raising the price for the updated 2008 edition to $167 but it you purchase your copy before January 28 you can get yours for the original price of just $97

This is not a sales pitch just a heads up!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Get Off to a Great Start in '08!

Happy New Year everyone! Today is my first day back from holiday vacation and I’m excited about what 2008 is going to bring…

After taking some time to reflect on 2007 I have begun to formulate a plan to make 2008 even more fulfilling. (And YOU will benefit along the way.)

One of the things that made the last year so rewarding was getting to talk to so many painters and painting business owners.

I had the privilege of helping literally hundreds of people start and/or grow their painting business. Painting for Profits became a best seller - and all the tips, strategies and techniques I reveal are now proven to work all over the world.

House Painters from Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and the U.S. have used the Painting for Profits – Painting Business Success System to bring in a consistent flow of new customers and earn higher profits (WITHOUT expensive traditional advertising).

…And before you say, "yeah but my painting business is different," let me tell you the Painting for Profits system has worked for painters from all different skill levels and backgrounds.

Whether you are a seasoned pro running a full time, full service, multi-crew painting business or you are new to the painting trade and will be starting from scratch my program will do the same for you.

Whether you are going to be targeting commercial properties, new construction or the 100’s of residential repaint jobs that are available every day right in your own backyard, you will benefit from Painting for Profits.

Unlike a lot of other painting blogs I will not talk a whole lot about painting techniques… I will concentrate on the “Business Side” of the painting business.

Topics like:

  • Marketing
  • Bidding and Estimating
  • Employee Management
  • Office Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Mind Set
  • Etc…
I hope you find this blog both educational as well as entertaining. I encourage feedback and dialog so feel free to ask questions…