When I first started up my own Painting and Decorating business I did not have any customers, I started to get myself known by printing my own flyers and posting them around town. Starting up your own business could be the biggest step of your working life. OK so you are a painter and decorator and you want to be your own boss, find jobs and complete to a professional standard and then get paid when you finish the work.
What's the best way to start to find the jobs? Well I started with posting out some flyers for Painting and Decorating and a few people would reply, now if you have a computer and a printer that's all you need to get started. Have a look online to find out what flyers look good and then read there sales copy and see if you can improve on it to get a sale and then print up say 250 flyers to get you started.
Now you need to choose where to post the flyers, I would choose a fairly well to do area, say middle class where the owners have a good job and would pay a local decorator to decorate their home. Fold the flyers nicely and post all 250 to start with, make a note of the roads you have posted to so you know where you are with your target postings.
Repeat this procedure until you get some decorating jobs and you can give a customer a decorating quote, you will get results from this but you will have to try different flyers and see what works best.
You need to get yourself a good website, just have a look at a few websites and see if you can write yours any better. It's not that expensive, you can make your own website with “WordPress” which is free and host it with a popular name, there are lots of out there. And when your customers look at your flyers they can also look online and see pictures of some of the Painting and Decorating jobs that you have done, it gives them a bit more confidence in trusting you. Now when you get a phone call after handing out your flyers you need to know how you are going deal with and sell your services to your new customers.
Be friendly and helpful and polite, make an appointment that will suite your customer and make sure you look smart when you go to your appointment, take a color chart and a note pad and pen and your digital camera, have a good look at the condition of the surfaces that need to be painted. Work out what you will need to do to get a good job done and how much materials you will need. I have found that this is a very good way to get new customers but you must persist and keep going until you succeed, be like a good Painter and Decorator and do a good job and do not over charge customers and then they will recommend you to their friends. Remember that you are a local Painter and Decorator and customers need to find a decorator so that they can get a decorating quote that they are happy with.