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It can be really hard for a small business when a large customer or source of customers shuts down. However it doesn't mean that your business can't succeed, you just need to find new markets and be a little innovative in your approach to marketing. This blog has some stories from inspiration business owners who have faced challenges when their biggest source of customers stops but have found ways to keep their business running and stay profitable. I hope it is inspirational for small business owners who are facing their own challenges. Please feel free to share your own stories in the comments.


Finding new markets for my business

Some Things to Consider Before Painting Your Walls

Jeff Fleming

A can of paint might not look all that remarkable, but its transformative powers are really quite amazing. That simple can of paint can make a room look like an entirely new living space. Before you go ahead and transform that room (or rooms), there are a few important things you need to consider.

To DIY or Not to DIY?

This one might sound a bit obvious, but it's really the most important (and sometimes only) decision to make when painting the inside of your house. Do you really feel that you have the ability to do it yourself and to do a job to a suitably high standard? Professional painters are not as expensive as you might think, particularly when you factor in the cost of the tools you will need to in order to achieve the same result. There is also the fact that their work will generally come with a guarantee, which is an absent luxury when you do the work yourself.

Do You Have the Tools of the Trade?

Not only do you need to match the expertise of professional painters, but you also need to have tools of a comparable quality. This means you need to invest in a high quality paint roller (or several of them) in order to achieve an even application. The best choice of roller depends on the thickness of the nap (which is the roller itself), the choice of which relates to the type of surface you wish to paint. You can't forget about the other tools you will need as well, such as specialist painter's tape and plastic drop sheets.

Are You Prepared to Prepare?

You will also need to be prepared to well, prepare. There is a huge amount of preparation involved before your paint roller even touches the walls, and the level of preparation involved can also affect your choice of paint. Will you need to strip any wallpaper (or choose an oil-based paint that can be applied over its surface)? Will the type of surface you wish to paint require a primer? Even if you're using a paint that already contains primer (so that only a single application is needed), you will need to thoroughly clean your walls and patch up any cracks or flaws (and this is the case when using any type of paint). And of course, there will need to be adequate drying time after cleaning and any repairs.

Painting your walls is not as simple and straightforward as you might first think (especially if you've never done it before) so it's important to do it properly, or find a professional to do the job for you.