How to Become a Painting Contractor
Are you interested in pursuing a career as a painting contractor? Before you actually make that leap you should know that there are quite a few steps that you need to take to get started.
1. Get your qualifications
The first thing that you should do is make sure you’re actually qualified to be a painting contractor. In the United States all painting contractors need to complete the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program.
Other countries and jurisdictions may have different requirements too – and you should look them up.
2. Apply for a license
If you’re going to be running a business or working as an independent painting contractor you’ll normally need to apply for a license. The regulations for licensing tend to vary by state, so you should look them up then apply.
3. Build up experience
Experience is crucial if you want to be a painting contractor, and it will help you to hone your skills and get a better idea of what the business is all about. It may be a good idea to take part in a painter’s apprenticeship, or sign on to work with a professional painting contractor before starting out on your own.
4. Get the tools you need
In order to work as a painting contractor you’ll need a wide range of tools including different types of rollers, sprayers, extension poles, ladders, brushes, sandpaper, and much more. On top of that you’ll also need a reliable supplier of various types of paint.
If you intend to run a business there may be other business tools and software that you’ll want to prepare as well. It would be extremely useful to have paint estimating software in particular to help you estimate your costs.
5. Register your business
The process of registering a business as a painting contractor can be quite involved. Not only will you have to register the actual business, but you may have to pass your contractor’s certification exam, acquire liability insurance, purchase surety bonds, and fulfill other requirements.
Once again the exact requirements will vary from one jurisdiction to the next, so some research will be needed on your end.
6. Attend business classes
Make no mistake running your own business is no joke, and initially you may find it difficult to market your business, sign on potential clients, calculate project expenses, keep track of your accounts, and so on. If you have no prior experience, attending business classes or enrolling in a course of some sort may be a good idea.
That should give you a rough idea of what’s involved in becoming a painting contractor. As you can see it is mainly focused on working as an independent contractor or starting your own business, and you can skip those areas if you just want to start by pursuing an apprenticeship.
Although there is a lot involved in becoming a painting contractor, it is definitely an appealing career and one that is constantly in-demand.