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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Low-Cost Startups by Gail Margolies Reid

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House Painting

Estimated startup costs: $500-$1,000
Estimated first-year revenue: $30,000-$50,000
Most homeowners understand that painting is the fastest and most cost-effective way to spruce up a house, whether they are updating a current home or moving into a new one. You will make a positive impression if you show up on time to do a bid and actually offer a proposal before you leave. A frequent issue with all home contractors is that they are great about keeping the initial free estimate appointment—but wretched about coming through with an actual estimate. Good general business tactics, including a clean truck and neat appearance will go a long way to winning you jobs. (Dare we repeat the advice from Chapter 3 regarding magnet advertising ...

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