How to set up a painting & decorating business

Establishing a residential painting and decorating business is a great option for someone who has an eye for colour, space and a flair for design. Simply adding a splash of colour or a few, well-placed pieces of new furniture has a great impact on the overall feel and look of a room. With an educational background and hands-on experience working as an interior designer, you have the nuts and bolts of what it takes to run a successful company.

Develop a business plan for your painting and decorating business. Make sure that your plan covers your marketing strategy, start-up and operational costs. Also include five and if possible 10 year projects for your business.

Create a website that will showcase your work. Having your portfolio online is the most practical way of marketing your business. It also enables you to create floor plans and gives potential clients the opportunity to see sketches, virtual models and your completed projects.

Cultivate relationships with as many companies in the interior design industry as possible. Decorating and home improvement suppliers are an important part of your business. Use those contacts to source such materials as carpet samples, paint swatches and furnishing catalogues.

Create business cards, letterhead and brochures with a uniformed look. Your company's logo should visually give potential clients a feel for your creativity and be printed on your cards and all collateral marketing material.

Things You'll Need

  • Business plan
  • Web site
  • Suppliers
  • Business cards and brochures
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Elizabeth Greenleaf is an experienced writer and copy editor. She has worked for companies such as Bookspan, Nederlander as well as "People" and "Working Woman" magazines. Greenleaf holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University.