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How To Make Money Interior Painting

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 0

Interior Painting for Fun and Profit

If you are any good with a paint brush and roller then interior painting is an excellent way to earn a part-time or full-time income. Interior painting can be a work from home small business that is easy to start and find customers who want your services. The materials needed to do interior painting are simple and can be found at your local Ace hardware or Home Depot store.These interior painting tools include:

  • a good all synthetic bristle brush 4inches wide for general interior painting.
  • 2 inch brush to be used to cut in corners and along windows and doors.
  • 1/2 inch angled sash brush for fine touch ups.
  • paint roller and several thick nap covers and paint pan plus extension pole
  • plastic drop cloths (comes in rolls)
  • painters blue masking tape
  • 6 ft. step ladder

Every small business needs promoting. If you have read any of my previous articles you will know that I am a big fan of fliers. They are a great way of targeting a specific area/demographic. Newspaper classifieds and Internet sites like craigslist bring scattered response from many distant areas, often far from your home base. Use those two media as a back up to your fliers and take only the prospects you feel are worth the travel time.

I research the competition's yellow page and online ads first before I create my interior painting flier, then shamelessly mimic those ads. I usually start with 500 printed at Kinko's, then I distribute them in my target affluent/upscale neighborhoods. I will hang them on mail boxes, place under vehicle wiper blades at shopping areas. It's a good idea to hand out all 500 within a day or two. This way you get fast results, as in phone calls.

Let's assume you get a call from a prospect in need of having two rooms painted. What do you say? I recommend sitting down before hand and writing out a sales script containing what you intend to say and answers to any questions the prospect may come up with. Call a few local interior painters as a curious possible client. Take notes on how they handle your call and questions. Including their pricing. Call it research, it's good to know what the competition is doing as a guideline to structure your services.

The question of paint color is very important. I try to get the future client to go and buy the primer (if needed) and paints. This cuts down on in home visits, showing a color chart, and if the exact tint is a few shades off what is expected it's the client fault not yours. Your idea or a forest green may not match your clients preception of the same color. So, be safe, let them choose and buy the paint.

Always recommend the purchase of top quality wall covers such as Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin-Moore, Dutch Boy etc. On the question of primers, some paints come with a primer in their mixture. A primer paint helps the top coat adhere better to the surface and can prevent the old color bleeding through into the new color, especially if the older color is darker than the new finish. Please visit you local paint store, Home Depot or Ace hardware, they have lots of written info on paints and primers. Educate yourself in your new work from home small business business. The more you know the more you will earn.

Here is how you paint a room:

  • First remove wall paintings and move furniture otu of the way, cover floors againts drips and remove hardware like switch covers and cover the remaing switches and holes with painters masking tape.
  • Sand all surfaces with a fine grit paper using an extension pole. You can feel for rough areas with the bare hand. Smooth out the needed areas but sand all surfaces. Remove drips or bumps from molding with a scraper. Vacuum the wall of all paint dust or you can use a fine broom or brush for this. Rinse down the walls with water mixed with dish detergent until completely clean and smooth.
  • Fill in all gasps and holes with caulk around the baseboards, door and window frames and woodwork. Use joint compound to fill in plaster/wall board Allow to dry and use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth and even out. Clean the areas with a damp sponge.
  • Using the 2" brush loaded with paint, cut in the areas abound the corners, woodwork, doors, windows. This will give you some leeway when rolling the walls later and won't get paint where it's not desired.
  • Now you can use the roller to finish the rest of thewall areas. Be sure the roller is damp before you dip it in the roller pan. Use the ribbed tray to evenly distribute paint on the roller, be sure the roller is covered completely. Roll the paint on in a W or M pattern then smooth out with criss-cross overlapping patterns.
  • Lastly paint the trim and molding with the 2" brush. Use the angled sash brush to cut evenly along the trim and wall.

I can't give you all you need to know in this article. As with any home based small business it is important to educate yourself. Take advantage of the treasure of information about interior painting at your library, on the Internet and at specialty stores. For now get those 500 fliers created and distributed to get you off to a good start. Happy hunting and Good luck.


Things You Will Need

  • a good all synthetic bristle brush 4inches wide for general interior painting.
  • 2 inch brush to be used to cut in corners and along windows and doors.
  • 1/2 inch angled sash brush for fine touch ups.
  • paint roller and several thick nap covers and paint pan plus extension pole
  • plastic drop cloths (comes in rolls)
  • painters blue masking tape
  • 6 ft. step ladder

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