If you would like to make a few extra bucks in a hurry, you might want to try curb painting. The basic start-up costs are light, and the profits can be generous if you choose the right region to service. The best areas are those with run-down and shabby address numbers, but not every house that needs your service will be a sale.
Painting an address on curbs is not a service usually supplied by the city, but rather, they are individuals who must take out a business license from the county in which they will paint. Curb painting upgrades are not mandatory, and therefore there is no guarantee that your services will be accepted. Residential homes that are in need of a new paint job may refuse the service without penalty, so don't count your chickens until they're hatched.
To promote your curb painting services, make up some flyers and place them on the residential doors at least two days in advance. The information should plainly state the days that you will work the area and the cost. In most cases, people are happy to have their address re-painted into nice, clear block lettering. However, if they refuse to pay, you may wish to negotiate the modest cost down or move on to the next house.
Your curb painting materials must contain a flat-based white paint. Be sure that you do not use paint with gloss, as this will cause a glare and mitigate the contrast against the black numbers. You will also need an equal amount of flat, black paint, a numerical stencil set, soap, water and brushes. To keep your house contacts orderly, a clipboard with plenty of room to write will serve as a report as to who has been contacted, who has paid, and any special instructions required of you.
- To begin, make contact with the homeowners up and down each side of the block. Make a notation of which curbs you will do, and start the process with a block of white paint to thoroughly cover the old address. Before you cover the old address, be sure you have it written down that there is no mistake when re-applying the new painted address. By the time you have finished the last whiting out process, the first curb address paint should be dried and ready for the application of the stenciled numbers.
- Most curb painters will collect the money before they begin, as to not be swindled out of their payment. You may ask for a check to make things easier for your customers, but if you are going to accept cash, be sure you have plenty of change available. In addition, when handling the money at the homeowner's door, be sure your hands are free of any wet paint before you touch their doorbell or dole out change of a twenty.
The curb painting process is an all-day experience, and you may have to return to the same house more than once to talk to the decision maker. This is where you have to know how to do accurate record keeping to keep track of all those who said "yes", and stay clear of those that said "no".