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Day: July 23, 2018

Is Running A Painting Business Seasonal?

I was just eavesdropping in on someone’s conversation this morning who just started their own painting business but complains that it is a bit slow. Someone else remarked saying that “they didn’t want to burst their bubble but painting is seasonal”.

Well, I WOULD like to burst that guy’s bubble and say, “No, painting is not seasonal. Only the type of painting you do can be classified as seasonal”. Yes, EXTERIOR painting is seasonal from spring until fall unless of course you live in a warmer climate.

But other types of painting like faux painting, mural painting, interior painting for residential, commercial and industrial are year round markets you can stay busy in.

As a matter of fact, when I first started my painting business, it was in the early fall. I found residential work all the way through the winter – even the toughest part, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not too bad I guess for my first year starting out.

Look at it this way, if running a painting business was seasonal then all painting companies (big, medium-size and smaller ones) would only be able to work half the year. Paint stores might as well shut down for the winter as well. Even window washing isn’t seasonal no matter how cold it gets.

If you don’t want to do interior painting and just want to be an exterior house painter then yeah, it’s seasonal. You just need to find a winter service like snow plowing or something. But if you want work all year long there is plenty of it.

If you are serious about operating a successful, painting business that stays busy year round, you are going to need to know how to run the business end of it successfully as well as the painting end. Having a business partner for this could be an advantage for you.

Two important secrets to running a successful painting business are advertising and doing accurate estimates. Get these two things right and the rest of it pretty much falls in place.

Some companies focus more on doing commercial and industrial painting and some specialize more in the residential and smaller commercial painting markets.

Once you decide if you are going to want or need a reliable business partner, employees and which painting markets you want to capture, you can then focus on your marketing better.

I read about one large painting contractor in the Chicago area that decided to focus on the commercial and industrial painting markets. He found out quickly that these two markets have deep pockets.

Of course with this type of painting you will have to buy some serious painting equipment. And you will need an experienced crew that is used to commercial and industrial painting.

Is this type of painting seasonal? They might slow a down a bit during the winter but then again there is plenty of large interior projects all year round. If anything were seasonable about the painting trade it would only …

Trade Stuff Online – No Money Involved

Now there is a new technology that allows you to trade stuff online without the exchange of money. Did you ever wonder if you can go online and trade that old video game that you never use for something that you can put to good use, for free?

Imagine being able to trade those shoes that you never wore, that shirt that you received as a gift but did not really like. Now you can trade anything for anything else of interest, with no money involved. That's something new to me!

There are multiple websites where you can trade stuff online, but mostly it is money based and in order to get stuff, you have to pay. Little by little, there are websites popping up that will allow you to trade one item for another without the exchange of money. Each person would have to arrange their own shipping.

You ever hear of oneredpaperclip.com? It is a story where a guy started with one red paperclip and by trading it for something better, like a pen, he was able to trade the pen for something even better. Then he kept trading things for better stuff until he reached a point where he was trading pretty valuable stuff. For Free! Soon he's on his way to trading it for a house. He stated that that is his goal.

You do not have to reach for that same goal to benefit. You can simply find that certain stuff that you're looking for. Let's see, I can think of many things lying around my house that I would love to trade for other items, especially if it's free.

I would also love to hear what stuff you have to trade with me. It's like having two garage sales but instead of money, one person trades stuff from their garage sale for stuff from the other person's garage sale. I think that both people will be happy with their trade.

Being able to trade stuff for no money is very powerful. Although you may not want certain stuff. Someone out there would love to have it. And they may have something that you want in exchange.

Imagine if you can trade what you do not want for something you do want. The possibilities are endless. Anytime you have stuff you do not want, simply trade it. That would make the economy better if you ask me. Unwanted stuff will become "money" in a sense because it can be used to trade for other wanted stuff. …