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How to Avoid Scheduling Conflicts in Your Painting Business

 By: Andy Thompson

For most busy painting business owners scheduling conflicts rank at the top of the "Avoid at all cost" list.

Not only do scheduling conflicts cause added stress, they upset the customer and makes you look unorganized and unprofessional.  Don't get me wrong, I understand that sometimes rescheduling a job is unavoidable and necessary but it should be the exception, not the rule.

One way to make sure that your schedule stays on track is to allow yourself a two day grace period between jobs. Notice I did not say take two days off between jobs...

Here is how it works.

When you are doing the estimate for the customer let them know when you are available to do the work. Say something like "I have an opening in my schedule the week of..."

It is much easier to call a customer and ask them if you can start their job a day or two early rather than a week or two later.

Working on a floating schedule like this reduces stress and allows you the flexibility to squeeze in smaller jobs between the larger ones (or just take a nice day off during the week).

In the end you will make more money and not get burned out.


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