Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Need some advice

  1. #1

    Default Need some advice

    Hi everyone, I am just about to start my own custom paint shop. I have been doing it on the side for 2 years now,and finally got enough money saved up to try it full time. Any advice for a newbie?

  2. #2
    TAZ
    Guest

    Default

    Just a couple tips...
    --Be sure and take care of your customers (a no brainer).
    --Watch the material costs. They'll bite you in the a$$. I know HOK has raised their prices at least 6 times in 3 years.

    Good Luck to you!

  3. #3

    Default Advice

    I don't have a paint shop but I am in business ( general contractor ) and I have found that it is most important to get paid for every minute your working. It doesn't matter if your estimating, laying out, making phone calls, picking up supplies, paying bills or cleaning the shop. So if your painting 8 to 10 hours a day and spending another 4 hours on non painting tasks those 8 -10 hours need to pay for the other 4.

  4. #4

    Default

    Try to be cheaper than everyone else even if its by a few bucks. I would stop at a gas station that says $4.05 over one that says $4.06. I think you get the idea.

  5. #5
    Wannabe

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    29

    Default

    Coming from a fellow owner of a custom paint shop -- I have learned that your reputation is EXTREMELY important. I agree with Taz; Taking care of your customer is one of the most important things which in turn will attribute to your reputation. Clearly, being 100% honest is huge. There have been a couple of times where I "drop the ball", but I run my business with integrity... therefore I do everything it takes to make it up to the customer and then some! Advertising is great but word of mouth is better. If you have a customer that is unsatisfied, I can guarantee that their friends will hear about it. With that being said, If you have a customer that is happy with your work they will tell their friends =). My main way of bringing in business is actually going to car show with my customers. I have had a few customers that I have gotten to know pretty good over the past couple years and they are extremely valuable when it comes to bringing in business.

    Once again, I agree with Taz when it comes to materials. Keep a very close eye on what materials make it to your shelves and subsequently to your garbage can. Sometimes materials and even equipment mysteriously grows legs if ya know what I mean. Trust me, I learn that one the hard way 2 years ago. Also, when you start out small you will soon learn that you don't need the best of the best. Get to know your competition and the current state of their business. It seems a bit cut-throat but I only say that because if a business goes under, you can get great deals on things like spray booths, lifts, misc equipment.

    Last but not least -- BobM knows what he's talking about. Be sure to get paid for your time. Nobody works for free. Don't be afraid to charge someone what you think your services are worth. It's great if you are, but it's not always necessary to be the cheapest shop on the block. You charge for materials, overhead, your time, or whatever. Maybe throw some deals to friends just to get your work out into the public for people to see.

    Sorry for the long post. Just trying to help out. I may still be considered a youngster but I speak from experience.

  6. #6
    Super Moderator Brian Dee's Avatar Brian Dee is a Level 2 Supporter!


    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    490

    Default

    as previously mentioned,keep a very close eye on your material costs. This will bite you in the a$$ as mentioned. Here's another little tip. If you give a customer a quote and he doesn't bat an eye. You know your too low. But if he kind of flinches and kind of rolls his eyes your in the right area for some negotiating. It's a good starting. But just don't take advantage of him, be fair and expect to be paid for your experience and job excecution.
    I like to give customers a little extra for thier money. Rip him off or try to and your name and rep will be spread all over cyber space.

  7. #7
    Wannabe

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    29

    Default

    Sorry, I wasn't paying attention and brought this thread back from the grave =)

  8. #8
    Super Moderator Brian Dee's Avatar Brian Dee is a Level 2 Supporter!


    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    490

    Default

    no problem it's a good idea to pass on a few pointers that may help some of the newbies thinking of opening a shop. Especially when the economy is in the dumper. Things in the custom field have changed in the last few years.

  9. #9
    marifarr921
    Guest

    Default

    i don't have a paint shop business..but i used to have my own business for years...in business make sure you have enough budget and people to work with...be unique and original...and always treat you costumer in a right way to make them feel that they are important...

  10. #10
    Stranger Charlott's Avatar

    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    4

    Default

    There have been a couple of times where I "drop the ball", but I run my business with integrity... therefore I do everything it takes to make it up to the customer and then some! Advertising is great but word of mouth is better buy coolers. If you have a customer that is unsatisfied, I can guarantee that their friends will hear about it. With that being said, If you have a customer that is happy with your work they will tell their friends =).

Similar Threads

  1. need advice please
    By jewel in forum Custom Painting
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-19-2009, 09:58 PM
  2. need advice HOK
    By acmechris in forum Custom Painting
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-07-2007, 06:59 PM
  3. need advice please
    By minichopp in forum General Auto/Motorcycle painting
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-17-2005, 08:39 AM
  4. Need some advice.
    By Sole in forum Airbrushing
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 06-24-2003, 11:02 AM
  5. Some advice
    By Geezer in forum Anything Goes
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-30-2002, 09:45 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •