What Makes You Money As A Decorator?

Updated Aug 26, 2022 | Posted May 27, 2021 | Professional insight, Business | 0 comments

I have a question, what makes you money as a decorator? I’m a professional myself; let me tell you a little bit about me.

1) My whites are minging but they are not yet ready to leave me, even though they could literally walk off by then selves. I’m a decorator who does not look presentable.

2) I don’t hold a City & Guilds……. Just a low tier NVQ

3) I use cheap brushes and cheap rollers and very rarely wash either of them.

4) I won’t shop at big brands and pay big money. I stay cheap and shop at locally run business.

5) I don’t offer dustless sanding.

6) My work horse is an Estate Car.

7) My dust sheets are old curtains and bedding.

8) I have been decorating 3 years and learned the basics in jail many years ago.

9) I don’t advertise as such; I don’t have business cards and my car isn’t sign written.

10) I know it’s unusual in this industry, but I don’t drink either. 5 years hangover free!


Why am I saying this? Because I know a few peoples’ toes will be curling reading this on DFUK. And to let you other boys know that certs, clean overalls, tip top brushes and all the other bullsh*t people often spout to try and belittle your efforts, don’t make you money.

Being a clean decorator, caring about your work and not being an anal d*ck is what makes you money as a decorator.

I’m booked up for 8 weeks with average 2.3k turn over per week. All thanks to the advice I received off this group. Thank you.


Final Thoughts


I see a lot of decorators striving to be the best they can in business, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I commend you for it. My point is it doesn’t necessarily make you money in decorating. You don’t need to spend £100 on some Blaklader overalls to charge good money, or have the latest tools.

Providing your work is good, you’re fair with people and you work hard, you will always make money. Just focus on that.

Updated Aug 26, 2022 | Posted May 27, 2021 | 0 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.


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