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Are You Ready to Start Your Own Faux Finishing Business?

If you love doing faux finishes, there's no reason why you can't start your own business doing the thing you love to do. With the recent spike in interest in faux finishing, this could be the perfect time to turn your hobby into your profession while the demand for your expert services is high.

Where do you begin? Well, the first thing you need to decide is if you have gained enough experience to hire yourself out as a faux finishing expert. Have you done lots of varied projects? If the answer is yes, you're ready to go immediately. However, if you're still a bit uncertain of your skills or the variety of your projects, there are a number of schools you can attend, either in person or online, to gain the experience you'll need to be successful. Since those classes will be related to your business, they may well be tax deductible.

Remember, it's always best to make your mistakes in a controlled setting such as a classroom or home project. You don't want your customers to have to serve as human guinea pigs while you learn your craft. Your skills need to be strongly in place before you ever hang out your business shingle. Your objective is to wow your clients with superior work, not with mediocre attempts while you learn to do better. If you call yourself a professional, you'd better be able to achieve professional results the first time someone offers to pay you for a faux finishing job.

Next, you'll want to know how much you can charge for a project. You'll do that by shopping around, calling people who are already doing what you hope to be doing soon. Do folks in your area charge by the hour or by the project? Find out as much as you can about the field, including how to receive a fair return for your knowledge and artistic skills.

You may get a pleasant surprise during your information gathering process. You may run into someone already in the business that's looking for experienced help. This can be a great way to gain valuable insights into how a faux finishing business actually works on a day-to-day basis without having to take on the potential headaches of owning your own company right away. You can consider it on-the-job training for your eventual leap toward your own business.

I won't get into the nuts and bolts of owning your own business in this brief article. There are basic business, accounting, and tax factors that all businesses have to adhere to, but the bottom line is: do you love faux finishing and do you either have or are willing to obtain the skills to do a professional job every time? If so, you may be ready to turn your dream of owning your own faux finishing business into a reality.

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