A little review

Lately I've used a few new things at work and thought I'd write a little review of them, give my own opinion. On previous blogs I've passed comment on a couple of these, just added a bit more detail. I'm always looking for new tools and products to improve my business and way of working, I've found twitter and the painting forums, both online and Facebook, are invaluable sources of information.Fox Silver Brushes:Brought some at the paint show, initial impression out of the box was a good br...

Once bitten, Twice shy

In all walks of life things will come along to test you, possibly anger you and upset you. There's nothing a lot of the time you can do to stop this from happening, it's how you react that counts. Recently I have found myself tested on a few occasions and I had wondered how'd I'd react if it ever happened to me. Now I know. In my business you get a lot of time wasters, not all are deliberate. A great many love the idea of having a professional decorator in to do the work in their houses, only...

The years end...

For the first Christmas in a long time, I have an eagerness to begin work as soon as is possible. So much has changed for myself work wise the past two months it's unbelievable to even think 12 months ago it would have happened. From finally taking control and setting up alone properly, to having my work assessed and accepted by Dulux Select and TrustMark, to joining checkatrade it's been a whirlwind. But it also very exciting to see what the future is going to bring. Already booked up the fi...

Leap into the unknown, with a smile

It's taking the initial leap which is often the biggest obstacle in starting your own business. Once that leap is taken, you begin to wonder what the fuss was all about. This is what I've found myself recently. After debating for a couple of years, with the odd independent job here and there, I've actually gone ahead and gone fully fledged solo. So far it's a decision I'm glad to have made, despite the stress of not knowing what is round the corner!Getting your name out there is very hard, of...

Masking the problem

Painters I have found over the years, have to be one of the bitchiest trades out there. Put a group of painters together and they will pick faults with others work, moan about standards and the way others work. Basically if it's not the way they'd do it, it's wrong. Now you can tell from that opening comment that on the painting online forums it's a bitch fest at times! Personally I have learnt a whole lot the past couple of years using them. Some of the work I have seen from other members I ...

Two worlds collide!

The past few weeks I have tried to implement the standards I produce on domestic works into the new build plots I am working on currently. Sometimes this is not always possible, as we are often given unreasonable deadlines to paint a house so it ends up getting flooded with labour and done over a weekend! However when I am given the time to do it right I do. Full prep, correct coats on all surfaces, etc. What I have found is that regardless of how perfect you can make a job on new builds ther...