Determining the size and structure of your painting company

                                           Determining the size and structure of your painting company

There are several things to consider when determining the size and structure of your painting company. First is “what type of work you want to do”? Generally speaking, it is better to do a few things well rather than trying to do them all.  You should consider what types of work are available in your area. Also think about what it is you are best setup to do, and what it is that you do well. This will help you to determine what niche you want to aim for. Paint Contracting and Estimating will provide you with a detailed list of the most common types of bidding opportunities that are available to us as painting contractors. Some companies focus strictly on one kind of work. Others like to have a balance of several kinds of jobs or several. Whatever your preference, sticking with what you do well is always sound advice.

                                                                                             Baby Steps Can Avoid Bid Loses

If you are tempted to branch out into other areas, do so gradually. Small steps can lead to large gains.  On the other hand, if they don’t pan out, the damage isn’t as great as if you take a giant leap and miss. My book goes into detail in discussing each of these situations. It also deals with the questions you need to ask yourself in order to make intelligent decisions about growing your business. When considering expanding your present operations, one key factor to take into account is “quality of life”. As you grow from a two or three person company to six, twelve or more, there will come a time where you cannot control it all by yourself.

                                                                     This is the point where many businesses get into trouble.

Finding and training key personnel is critical to your success when determining the size and structure of your painting company. This isn’t always an easy task, but it is the main ingredient that can allow you to expand your business and stay profitable. Your job will then become one of focusing on estimating, customer relations, contract negotiations and tracking productivity and profitability.

This book goes into detail on how to work your way through this potentially tricky process.

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About the Author

Lynn Jackson began his painting career over twenty years ago under the watchful eye of a master painter. After many years of learning and perfecting his trade, working both on his own and for contractors, he finally settled in Northern California.

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