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Old 12-09-2017, 01:28 PM   #21
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Gumshoe, so true about how hard it is to break into the painting world. I worked 11 years for a painter learning everyday. I thought I knew it all. Somehow I had fortunate timing with several long established painters retiring as I was starting on my own.
My company has been established for 14 years now and we are still learning. There are plenty of painting companies in my area, most competing to be the cheapest.

To the OP, work on building your reputation along with your skills. Be honest, early, clean, reliable, have integrity - doing the right thing when no one is looking, people will notice and doors will open.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:20 PM   #22
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Thanks so much.

I've been doing some painting with a friend who owns his own business. I really dig it and I'm ready to settle into something. I'm on a list to do a formal apprenticeship with the union. I feel there is a lot of room for growth within this industry.

I have a year of college down and my family is pushing me to finish. What I'm going to do is get my associates, work as a painter a few years, then get a BS in construction management. That's the plan.

I just want to do my best and be the best that I can be.
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You have a plan and it sounds like a good one. That is more than most. Don't underestimate how hard it will be, both of my daughters are balancing work and college, and it is tough.
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You have a plan and it sounds like a good one. That is more than most. Don't underestimate how hard it will be, both of my daughters are balancing work and college, and it is tough.
If you don't mind me asking, what sort of things can I do in the painting world with a BS in construction management, aside from going out on my own?

Would there be companies willing to hire me for higher level positions, and if so, what sort of work could I be doing?

I figure with a few years of hands on experience and a degree under my belt, my resume and skill set will be a force to be reckoned with.

I'm no stranger to hard work I prefer it that way. I'm happiest when I'm busy busy busy and have been that way for awhile now. I regrettably spent much of my younger years partying and fooling around. A little work here and there, a few classes here and there, a LOT of parties ALL THE TIME.

It was fun, but I will never go back to it. It's time to get to work.
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Honestly, you will learn more by just getting out and doing.

A degree sounds good, but in a field where people are happy that you just show up sober, it is a bit of overkill.

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I do not have a degree, wish i did. I would think that a BS in Construction management would prove to an employer that you have the ability to learn, can manage people (maybe) and manage a project and a budget. There are massive projects out there that can only be done by big painting crews, they need managers.
Naturally real world experience would fit into the resume too.

On a smaller level, say you want your own small professional painting company doing whatever it is that you enjoy doing, a minor in business management would be invaluable. There is a statistic or two about how many companies fail in the first 5 years.
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Get great at wallpaper, it's a dying art that looks to be making a huge comeback. Quality painters are almost impossible to come by. Get good and be knowledgeable about your trade. Too many guys want to "spread the color and go to another". Around here the painters have to make up for the plasterer. It's a extra, but being good with mud and skimming over texture is a huge asset.

Quality tradesmen are becoming the way of the dinosaur. If your the best you will never compete on price or need the work. And, as Ohio said, be friendly and work with others. The subs you work with will feed you work if they like working with you.
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Oh, and at least around here, avoid exterior. The work sucks and everyone goes with the lowest bidder. Interior they actually see the quality and care about the finish.

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