How to Become a Painting Contractor?


How to Become a Painting Contractor?

Apr 14, 2022 · 5 minutes to read

Skilled painting contractors help people transform their homes and businesses using color, pattern, and texture. There’s probably someone in your area who could use your talents in their residential or commercial property.

House painters paint a home

Starting a painting business is often simple, with minimal upfront investment. You will need painting, wallpapering, and floor finishing skills. You must also know how to size up projects, accurately write quotes, and how to get painting contracts. A painter with these talents could find great success as a small business owner.

If you are thinking about starting a painting business, there are steps you need to take to keep everything above board and help set yourself up for success. Here are eight steps to help you become an independent painting contractor or house painter contractor:

1. Research the market

Understanding your potential customers and the competition is a good first step when opening any business. Googling painting businesses in your area is one place to start. Take note of how many competitors are out there, their services, and how they promote themselves. This information could help you decide what services you’ll offer and help guide your advertising strategy.

2. Set your prices

While researching the competition, you might want to pay attention to how much they charge. Pricing is an art as well as a science. Factoring in your business expenses (i.e., tools, supplies, travel, insurance, time, etc.), skill, and experience help ensure that you are turning a profit and paying yourself fairly. However, setting your prices too high could price your business out of the market.

3. Gather your tools

Every job requires specific tools. Make sure you have the right ones to perform the contractor painting services you will be offering. You may want to stock up on supplies you will use frequently (i.e., brushes, paint trays, drop cloths, etc.) and repair or replace any broken tools. Resist the urge to buy expensive power tools that might only be used a few times. It may be more affordable to rent or borrow these if needed.

4. Get licensed

Painting contractors may need a license to work in some states, counties, or cities. The requirements vary by state, and there might be additional local conditions that you must also meet. In many states, independent painting contractors need a general contractor license, to have worked as a painter for a minimum number of years, pass an exam, and show proof of insurance. You should check the requirements for painting contractors in your area to ensure you are following the law.

5. Register your business

States and some cities require a business license regardless of what your company does. A business license is proof that you are legally allowed to do business as an independent painting contractor in that state or local area. Registering your business name is generally part of getting a business license, and it may provide some protection against others trying to use the same name. Finally, you may also apply for an employer identification number (EIN), which may be needed when you file your business taxes.

6. Buy insurance

Many painting contractors consider different types of insurance to protect their business. General Liability is a type of policy commonly bought by painters and other contractors who work on and in a client’s property. It protects your business against third-party claims of bodily injury and property damage. General Liability insurance might be required to obtain a contractor or business license, rent commercial space, or work as a painting subcontractor for another business.

7. Market yourself

Marketing is the actions you take to attract customers. After all, people can’t hire you if they don’t know your business exists! A painting contractor might market their business through ads, a website, social media, online directories, and search engines. Other marketing avenues include word-of-mouth referrals, online reviews, putting your business details on your truck, and wearing shirts with your business logo. There are endless ways to market your painting business if you have enough creativity!

Recommended reading: 7 Marketing Ideas for Painters

8. Hire help

As your business grows, it might get harder to keep up with everything you have to do. Hiring employees could allow you to take on bigger jobs and secure more projects. If you’re not ready to hire painters, consider getting help with other parts of the business. Professionals—such as an accountant, web developer, marketing manager, or admin assistant—could remove administrative tasks from your to-do list. They can also offer advice in their areas of expertise to help you improve and grow your small business.

Starting a painting business is a big step that takes time, effort, and money. However, it might also be a significant investment in your future. Working for yourself could give you more freedom in when and how you work, allowing you to create a work-life balance that better suits your needs.

Ready to protect your small business? Compare insurance for painters with BizInsure today!

Compare quotes in minutes with no obligation to buy

Get Quotes

Compare quotes in minutes with no obligation to buy

More than 6,000 customers covered by top-rated insurers.

Get instant quotes
The process was fast and easy and the professional staff was very knowledgeable with any questions that I had and ready to help
06:40 31 Mar 22
Friendly agents. Timely replies. Fair pricing. This is a good fit for my business! Thank you, Noah, for all your help.
Beth Anne V.
19:27 28 Mar 22
They are awesome
Tony H.
00:41 07 Jan 22
Noa made sure I had all the information I needed for a first time business owner . He helped me understand what I needed to secure a quality policy and he was super helpful when explaining how the policy would serve its purpose to my company. I was very satisfied and had an Awesome experience, I think people like that make the company look good!
Wayleen O.
04:36 15 Oct 21
I was in need of WC, GL and PL coverages for my business and was able to shop, discuss, confirm and purchase all the coverages in two days! This was a great experience, especially when "Time is Money". Noah Bowman was very professional and knowledgeable. Thanks!
AmeriCreed 1.
15:42 23 Sep 21
19:49 09 Sep 21
Their representative clearly explained different kinds of policies to help me select the one appropriate for my needs and then helped me enroll by phone painlessly. By the end of the call, I had a policy in place.
Dissent D.
22:21 02 Sep 21
Eugene was Awesome!!!!
Lakesha G
17:19 21 Jul 21
Excellent solution for writers and authors professional liability policy as well as coverage for copyright and trademark infringement. Service was prompt and excellent.
18:22 22 Jun 21
Done in less than an hour!
William O.
00:30 02 Jun 21
Efficient, and great value. The agent was able to give us a quote and a new policy in a short period of time. Thank you
Brenda J.
20:30 24 May 21
I had a great experiencing obtaining several of my insurance needs as a landscaping company here in Northern Colorado. BizInsure's team took care of my needs and was very responsive to help with paperwork needed to secure a potential client account!
Arik S.
16:34 10 May 21
Very efficient they were able to help me out with my request promptly....highly recommend this companyI am very happy to have them
Elba P.
18:50 26 Apr 21
I need a help getting errors and omissions insurance along with general liability. Jose was very friendly informative and was very patient with me during the process. He found me some of the best rates for the coverage that I needed. Highly recommend
Casper M.
19:51 20 Apr 21
I had numerous conversations with several business insurance agents over a month's time. I also had several conversations confirming the policy inclusion/exclusions and asked many questions. My BizInsure agent was professional, knowledgeable and most important—detail oriented. Even after having an initial conversation a month earlier he knew and *remembered* all my personal/professional insurance needs. When I asked for additional information on the third call he was able to provide me with details very quickly. He was also VERY patient. That is a big plus in my opinion. It illustrated a high level of respect for my needs. I also found when I called back and asked to talk with the initial agent, the person who answered the call was able to get in contact quickly and my agent responded and returned the call within 5-10 minutes. The transaction was smooth, and I think it's a good sign should I ever need to make a claim. I highly recommend BizInsure.
Poetic F.
21:00 07 Apr 21
The rep was extremely helpful actually lowered my quote and made sure I was covered to fit my needs with my growing business! 5star!!
Franklin B.
19:04 16 Mar 21
Excellent service and prices.
Cassiopée V L.
23:13 09 Mar 21
Mr. Daniel Scott was very responsive to my professional needs.
Stephanie W.
17:38 18 Feb 21
Eugene deserves a raise! First time purchasing insurance and he made the process so simple for me. His patience and attention to detail left me feeling confident in my decision to choose BizInsure. Gracias Eugene!
Esined P.
23:32 17 Feb 21
The customer service provided by Jose was outstanding. He explained everything in a very clear/logical way and answered all of my questions. After providing all the information to obtain general liability insurance, Jose sent me the declaration page of the insurance for review. All of the information matched what I provided over the phone and there were no typos. The next day I called back to purchase the insurance which was easy and fast. Overall, my experience with BizInsure including the customer service by Jose exceeded my expectations.
Joe W.
03:29 12 Dec 20
Hiscox/BizInsure made getting Liability Insurance very easy and reasonable.I expected it to be a long and complicated process and it was a nice surprise that they made it so uncomplicated. Thank you. Lisa
Lisa W.
21:51 24 Nov 20
Eugene was incredible. I called 4 other brokers before him who were impossible to get any help.
rhonda H.
23:26 12 Nov 20
Very quick to get in touch with you and good with follow up. Had some trouble retrieving my quote to log into my account initially but Daniel assisted me and the changes were made to get me into my account. Great value for the money.
Fran S.
16:34 20 Sep 20
Very happy to be insured with this company. Professional, Timely, very helpful. Thank you Juan, you made it so much easier for me to understand.
Aileen D.
19:55 15 Sep 20
This company responded when I needed them to respond while facing a deadline. They are an excellent choice for business Insurance.
Michele H.
01:52 12 Sep 20
Jose Quintero took such great care of me and was very patient explained everything I did not understand and got me set up quickly. Fabulous customer service
Christina R.
02:41 27 Aug 20
I can't say enough good things about Daniel Santos kind and effective communication skills as an insurance agent. Daniel was so pleasant, friendly and efficient with helping me obtain insurance as a teacher. If I were to give Daniel a grade, he has earned an At . He made the process easy to understand, it was far easier than what I anticipated. Nancy S.
Nancy S.
00:47 26 Aug 20
I was in need of professional liability insurance for my sole proprietorship. A friend referred me. Everythng was quick and simple and AFFORDABLE!
hope J.
20:31 25 Aug 20
If you need Private Home Care Provider insurance for your company, BizInsure, LLC can get it for you!
Pamela C.
16:45 24 Aug 20
Great and fast service!!!! The representative was very professional!!!!
Tanya S.
19:51 14 Jul 20
I was tryi9ng to find commercial liability insurance for my new comp-any and BizInsure was easy to use and very affordable which is great for me as a new business.
Jimmy S.
19:01 14 Jul 20
Great service insurance prices are great for professionals looking to get insurance for businesses....
Rhonda G.
22:34 22 Jun 20
The provided very professional service and made the process easy.
Paul R.
21:51 04 Jun 20
Bradley Hoyle from the Biz Insure team was excellent to work with. Everything was quick and smooth. Great service, much appreciated!
Kristene S.
02:03 04 Jun 20
Anthony Spencer was great!! Very quick response time!! He was very Professional! I would suggest him because he helped me find a affordable rate and explained all the technicalities..
Fre H.
16:38 28 May 20
I was referred to Bizinsure by a industry trade group that I am a member of. It was easy to get a quote online and then received excellent customer service from Bradley H. to complete my policy purchase over the phone. I have shared this company information now with other business owners for their policy needs.
Dawn T.
22:11 08 May 20
This company was very precise with explaining services and made sure I chose the right business insurance coverage, great customer service at purchasing.
Nekeisha B.
01:30 05 May 20
Jasmine Q
14:31 02 Dec 19
Trish is the most patient, professional and understanding insurance agent I’ve ever worked with. Trish has taken care of all my business insurance needs for the last couple years. I am really happy that I found an insurance agent that I know will take care of me & all of my concerns. I feel like a valued customer & I appreciate the great customer service that I get every time!!THANK YOU!
Dr. Youssef C. A.
17:21 14 Nov 18
Tricia helped me get insurance for my business. The task of obtaining a quote was really starting to frustrate me until I was referred to BizInsure through a different agency. Tricia got me a quote fast, and even took a down payment over the phone and issued the proof of insurance the same day. a+ service, would do it again in a heartbeat!! Thank you!!
Josh M.
18:07 22 Jun 18
BizInsure was a great find! I did not have to fill out applications, and Tricia was able to quote and bind business insurance for me within half an hour.
Allison Y.
17:28 21 Jun 18
Started doing business again and needed a policy fast. Ramez was reasonable, helpful and the rates are OK. Buyer beware? Sure, for me it turned out OK this time. Worth a call.
Mark W.
23:42 13 Nov 17
Great customer service. I've been very inpressed with my dedicated representative that had helped me navegate my insurence needs. Thanks so much!
Graham B.
22:12 23 Jun 17

Popular Searches

Google Rating
Based on 68 reviews