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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, July 25, 2008

Starting a Painting Business in the New Economy

Contrary to what you may think, starting a business of your own is the single smartest action you can take... and if that business happens to be a residential Painting Business your chance of profiting wildly in this new economy is outstanding.

Here's why -
  1. As housing prices regulate back to their normal standards, before the over-inflated bubble burst, home owners understand that in order to retain the value of their home or to get a good price when selling, they must make improvements... and painting is at the top of the list.

    Why? It is the biggest cosmetic improvement and it is one of the least expensive ways to update.

  2. The tax benefits of owning a small business (painting or otherwise) are outstanding. It is a legal way to keep more of your hard earned money in your household.

  3. Working for yourself is always the smart thing to do when an economic downturn happens.

    When you are in control of your own actions you can go out and make as much money as you want. When you are at the mercy of working for a boss the best you can do is an hourly wage and hope your boss doesn't cut your hours.
Starting a painting business is really quite easy - if you have a few years of experience under your belt, you should consider at least starting a part time business with the intent of working your way into full time...

Remember what I said about great tax benefits? Well, Uncle Sam says that even education is tax deductible - that means you can invest in Painting for Profits and write it off as a business expense.

You've got to love it...


Thursday, July 24, 2008

What Does Mind Set have to do With the Success of Your Painting Business?

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.” - Eileen Caddy

As house painters and painting business owners we often find ourselves wrapped up in the day to day challenges of our chosen profession. There are so many things to think about and do that if one of them goes wrong it tends to throw the whole day into a spiral…

It seems like not a day goes by that I don’t see a painter in the paint store with a scowl on their face or hear them complaining about a customer or a bad employee.

You see, when we concentrate our mind on all the little things that can and do go wrong on a daily basis we tend to see more and more of them. This holds true in all areas of our lives not just our work day but relationships, health and finances as well.

Here is a tip that has helped me “Get my Mind Right” and make the day to day operations of my painting business a lot more enjoyable!

At first I thought this stuff was a little airy fairy but I have to admit in a short time I saw a real positive difference.

Here is how it works… Please don’t let the simplicity of this technique be the reason you dismiss it before you give it a try!

First start by writing a list of things you are grateful for. For example:
  1. I am so grateful that I get to be my own boss…
  2. I am so grateful for all the referrals people send me... etc.

Whatever it is (even if it is only something you want to happen) for example:

  1. I am so grateful that the ad I just placed is going to attract a dedicated, experienced employee with the desire to grow with my painting business.

  2. I am so grateful that the contact I made today is going to bring in a flood of new jobs... etc.

The idea is to get you into a mind set of gratitude and positive expectations. The best times to do this are:

  • Just before you go to bed in the evening… Give thanks for all the things that went right in your day and visualize how you want the next day to be.

Go to bed with gratitude and thanks in your heart even if your day was a struggle, it makes waking up a lot nicer!

  • Upon waking up in the morning… Looking back at my morning routine before I began practicing this technique regularly, I would open my eyes and my mind would flood with all the hurdles and problems I was going to have to face that day.

I would jump right out of bed and begin to put out the “mental fires” sometimes forgetting to even kiss my wife before I left.

Now, because I go to bed with a grateful mind set I wake up with optimism and gratitude in my heart! Before I put my feet on the floor I take a deep breath through my nose and say thank you and then mentally run down the list of things I am grateful for.

Again, I know this may sound a bit “out there” for some but because this powerful exercise is all done in your mind, no one needs to even know you are doing it!

The more you can keep your mind on all the things that you are grateful for and that are going right in your life the more those things will happen to you… Same holds true for the not so good things.

The truth is that both are available all the time. It’s what we hold our attention on that causes us to feel the way we feel.

Creating the proper mind set for success is a critical part of experiencing success.

Create your ideal painting business in your mind first and then live there, working everyday to live up to your own highest expectations.

When you hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone else can, you will always have satisfied customers and peace of mind when you lay your head on your pillow!

Try it; you may be as pleasantly surprised as I was when it really starts working for you!