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Decide what type of services you'd like to provide. Determine if you will focus on residential or commercial work, and whether you can handle only painting, or if you'll provide wallpaper services and specialty coatings. Keep in mind that the broader you're range of services, the more tools, supply, and training you'll need.
Market your business to your target audience. For residential painting companies, you can rely on flyers, newspaper ads, and word of mouth. With commercial work, you can visit local general contractors and introduce your company. Ask for an opportunity to bid projects with them, or provide estimates based on the drawings in their plan rooms.
Purchase tools and equipment. You'll need ladders, scaffolding, and drywall lifts in addition to paint
brushes, rollers, and trays. For commercial jobs, you'll need paint sprayers and commercial-grade rollers and tools. If you plan to provide wallpaper services, you'll also need to invest in wallpaper hanging supplies.
Find and train employees. At first, you may only need part-time help. Take the time to train these people now so that they can help train others as the business grows. Teach them how work should be performed, how tools are to be maintained, and how the customer should be treated.
Get a business license from your state or county. In most areas, you can get a business license at the Department of State or Chamber of Commerce. If you are unsure where to get your license, refer to the list in the Resources section of this article.