pricing in the decorating industry

Fast and Flawless Pricing Book Review

By Trevor Mangan


I was sent a book recently to review from Pete Wilkinson.
Now it’s not very often I read a book to be honest with you. It’s even rarer that I read a book from cover to cover in a day, which is an achievement itself (I usually find reading sends me to sleep) and it is unheard of that a book will make me change the way I run my business, but this book did.

So what was this magical book I can hear you asking?

Well it’s a book written by Pete Wilkinson, you may know Pete’s other book Fast and Flawless.

This book has become a must read by anyone who wants to move from traditional painting and decorating into the new mysterious world of paint spraying and I can honestly say that Pete’s new book “Fast and Flawless Pricing” is going to be heading in the same direction.

The book looks at the way we as Decorators run our businesses, and how with a little thought and imagination we can all make more money have more free time and maybe even have less stress doing it.

I agree with Pete when he says “as decorators we should value our trade more”.

He made me smile when he tackled the “if you can piss you can paint” quote that we have all heard over and over again.

In the book Pete uses a character called Richard to tell various stories of how decorators get into running their businesses. At first, I thought this was going to be a bit boring, but it turned out I was wrong as it was a really good way of showing how most of us as self-employed decorators work on a daily basis.

If you’re looking to take your decorating business to the next level but your struggling to find a way, then you need to read this book.

Some of the topics covered are –

The Trades Hierarchy
Knowing your own Value as a Decorator
Taking someone on and why it doesn’t work out in so cases
How Decorating is changing
Supply and Demand
What we can learn from other trades as Decorators
Pricing Jobs the right way – no more of this number of days plus materials rubbish
Different pricing strategies

Once you have read this book it should make you look at your business in a different way.
A way were you can not only earn a wage but also make a profit from working on your business.
A way were if you put process in place you maybe able to sell your business in the future, because you are not your business.

To sum up, if you take your thinking of starting a decorating business, or you have been running your own business for years this book is for you. If you want to make more money from Painting and Decorating  spend £10 and read it, I can guarantee it will be the best £10 you have ever spent on a book!!!

If your happy doing what you have always done then save your precious £10

But as I was told years ago
“If you always do
what you have always done
you will always get what
you have always got”
Sometimes things just  need to change.


Please click the link below to go straight to Pete’s new book on Amazon Fast and Flawless Pricing

Stay safe – by Pete Wilkinson

Decorator Pete Wilkinson talks about the uncertain times around the Coronavirus, including how it has affected himself and those around him. Stay safe!

Dealing with the Customer from Hell!!

Professional decorator Darren Webb is dealing with the customer from hell. He’s seriously considering telling the silly cow to do one!!

How to Reassure Your Customers During Coronavirus

Professional tradesman Les Bamber talks about how to reassure your customers during the coronavirus outbreak in a bid to protect your business.

Disgraceful Standard of Plastering

Professional decorator Steve Cutbill went to price a small job and found an absolutely disgraceful standard of plastering. Not good

We love picky clients, but Why?

Do you avoid picky clients, or do you love them as much as we do? As long as you have an understanding of a client’s expectations, you’ll be fine.

Another Dreamer – Decorating quote

Professional decorator John Regan talks about the hell he went through when he delivered a quote to another dreamer – 2 hours of his life gone –

Zinsser Gardz before hanging wallpaper

Professional decorator Mike Cupit explains when you should use Zinsser Gardz before applying wallpaper to a room. Is it worth it?

A Fistfight with a Customer from Hell

Professional decorator Alan Saddler agrees mate’s rates and almost ends up having a fistfight with a customer. Horrible situation to be in!

Don’t Waste Time on Paperwork!

Professional decorator Andy Scott has a very valuable bit of advice for anyone in business. don’t waste time on paperwork!

Slow Things Down Get More Done

Professional decorator Andy Scott comes up with a peach of an idea! Slow things down get more done. That can’t be right can it?

Fast and Flawless Pricing Book Review

By Trevor Mangan