In this post, I am going to include a flyer to download. Before you read any further, I want to be clear this is not the only way to do this! You can go door to door, pass out flyers, heck I have even tel-marketed this service successfully!
If you pass out about 1000 flyers, you can expect around 1-3% of those to be posted back on the door the next day for you to paint and collect the money! That means 10-30 people on average will want your services. I have charged anywhere from $5-35 for my services. I think about $10 is a good standard rate.. So if you pass out 1000 flyers at $10 per curb painting you can expect to make $100-$300 per day!! On rare occasion you will get more or less than 1-3%… but 1-3% is a very accurate standard..
Method 1) The most consistent method for me was passing out flyers. This pretty much guaranteed a return the next day.. Unless I was incredibly unlucky.
Method 2) Door to Door. If you’re a good sales person, then door to door has the highest return per house.
If you combine methods 1 and 2, sometimes you will be wasting your time with the door to door and sometimes it is very profitable!
Method 3) Tel-marketing.. This is not recommended, I don’t know anything about the laws or regulations involved.. But I do know it works.
DuctTape: 1 Roll
4″ Stencils: You want plain stencils. You do not want any type of fancy numbers. Such as curly numbers or anything like that. You want plain blocked numbers like the ones you saw on images.google.com!
White Spray Paint: 1 Can
Black Spray Paint: 1 Can
Clear Enamel Spray Paint: 1 Can. This is optional, however you can either offer this free to increase sales.. Or offer it as a $5 added service. Enamel does without a doubt make the curb paintings last quite a bit longer. Potentially twice as long!
Backpack of some sort is recommended. Anything that you can carry your supplies in will work. Whatever you use WILL get paint all over it! So do not use something that you expect to remain clean.
Reflective Glass Beads: Any size bag will work. These are not required.. However you will without a doubt increase your sales if you use reflective glass beads.
So you have your supplies, and are ready to go make some money with your new address curb painting business! If you are passing out flyers, your startup investment will be a littler higher because you have to print out the flyers. Unless of course you are using your own printer. In which case, if you have a laser printer thats great! If you have an inkjet printer it would probably be cheaper to either buy a laser printer or just have them printed at your local print shop. You can usually either pay the print shop like $0.50 to $1.00 to cut a stack of 500 sheets for you to get your 1000 flyers. Two flyers per page. I recommend plain white paper because it makes these notices (flyers) look more official. Pass your flyers out in the morning! If you pass them out too late, people will not see them until the next day and will think they are for the following day. You can date your flyers if you want.. but if you do that then you better be sure to pass every single one out each day you print them!! Any way, ok so you have passed out your flyers. The next day you do the same thing, but after you pass them out you go and pickup the ones from the day before.
Now to the actual painting!
1) Duct tape off a rectangle over the old address rectangle.
No need to make a new one unless the customer asks for it. I also recommend putting duct tape all the way around each stencil number. This will shield from over spray!
2) Now spray paint in the center whatever color the customer asked for on the background.
(Black backgrounds are the easiest to paint, but white backgrounds last longer for the customer.)
3) Hold each stencil up one at a time and paint in the numbers.
4) Peel off the duct tape and go collect your money!
In no time, you will be able to do this in just a few minutes per curb!! So your only real limit is how fast you can sell them! Good luck with your new business!