The main role of a painter and decorator is to prepare and decorate a surface area that is decided by a client – pretty straight forward and self explanatory. Whether you wish to be self employed, working out your own hours and prices or whether you wish to have the security of an employed position will be entirely down to you and how you wish to work. Becoming a painter and decorator can be very rewarding -showing your skills and improving a work space. Depending on where you work and what area you work in, it can also be repetitive.
One of the benefits of being self employed means you have the advantage of being able to choose what hours you work and which area of expertise you wish to work in. Some self employed decorators work part time hours to fit around another job or family life. Others have retired from their main line of work and choose to turn a hobby into a way of earning extra income.
If you decide that self employment is the way forward for you, then there are avenues you can explore to find out exactly what is required. The government web sites are full of rules, regulations and advice about self employment and offer free courses in business management. As a sole trader, you will be requested to sign up for self assessment and fill in a tax return on time and accurately. Working with certain safety hazards such as heights and around the general public, will require you to have suitable and adequate insurance. This doesn’t have to cost the earth but seeking advice on the areas you need covered will protect you in your work and make sure you are operating legally.
Finding leads for work may take some effort at the beginning and building up trust with clientele will hopefully bring recommendation and repeat business. A suitable vehicle will need to be purchased and of course a full UK driving licence. If you are working in a partnership, then you will be able to decide who drives or share the driving between you both. One of the pet hates of home owners (apart from shoddy workmanship) is workmen/women who leave a mess at the end of the job. If you can make sure you leave a work place as clean as you found it, you are showing the customer consideration and attention to detail.
Choosing to work for someone else will mean a guaranteed wage and agreed working hours. It means that when you leave a job at the end of the day, your time is your own and you can leave work behind. No set qualifications are required but some experience will be expected. If you decide you wish to obtain qualifications, then your local college will advise you on the levels you can attain and how much it will cost. Some employers will pay towards you attending college, whilst offering work experience the rest of the week. If you are thinking of becoming a painter and decorator, then look into what medium you wish to work with – it could be painting plaster walls, wood or metal, or wallpapering private homes. Another way can be industrial contracts – working on huge surfaces. There are many options for you to choose from and hopefully you can expect a steady flow of work.