Painters & Decorators – Just Starting out?

The Journey ahead

You have decided that you want to to become a painter or decorator – now decide how you will achieve this.  Speaking to a good accountant makes the journey much smoother and fruitful in the long run.

Here at KG Accountants, we help hundreds of Electricians, Plumbers and  Decorators embark on this Journey and what a massive difference this makes in achieving their goals.

Painters and decorators provide a range of interior and exterior decorating services including preparing surfaces, fitting decorative features such as cornices and ceiling moulds, painting and hanging wallpaper. Some use specialist textures and techniques, such as marbling, graining or Artexing, and others specialise in restoring period interiors.

In addition to working for domestic and local business customers, painters and decorators often work on a subcontract basis for construction firms, local builders, housing associations, landlords, shop fitters, local authorities and other organisations.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a painter and decorator. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

 Ways of advertising

Your local paper may run a regular ‘contact the experts’ advertising feature. Remember that your vehicle can be a very effective means of advertising if you have it sign-written and keep it clean and presentable. It may be worthwhile getting a sign board made up with your name and contact details on it to put up at places where you’re working. Be sure to get the owner’s permission before you do this though.

Think about other ways of promoting your business. You could, for example, sponsor a local sports club or event.


Local builders and property developers are likely to need the services of a good, reliable tiling specialist on a regular basis. So it’s well worth getting to know key people in the industry and making sure they know about your business. The same goes for tile retailers and kitchen and bathroom shops and fitters too. Other businesses and organisations that could be worth approaching with your details include builders’ merchants, housing associations and the local authority. With larger organisations, it’s well worth making the effort to find out who the best person is to contact.

Once you’ve built up a list of contacts, stay in touch with as many as possible, even if you haven’t yet had any work from them. Tell them about any new services that you introduce and do your best to maintain a good relationship with them.

Limited Company Registration, Self Employment  and all the initial Setup

Please Let us help you today register your limited company and ensure the legal structure is Tax Efficient!

We shall also help with opening a business Bank Account, Payroll, Staff & Sub Contractor Contracts, Bookkeeping, VAT and End of year Accounts.

And that is just the start!

 If you need to speak to a Pro active Accountant about your new venture, please contact us on 0208 679 4690 please Visit our  website. 


Categories: Construction Industry Scheme, Electrician, Self Employed, Start Up, Tiler

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