The "Face" Of Curb Painters Smeared
I research various curb painting businesses all the time. I also find that there is a percentage of people who think curb painting as a whole is some sort of a scam to take poor innocent homeowner money away from them. There are scams being run in (dare I say?) every business field...even *gasp* ...curb painting.
Maybe because it's not a difficult skill to learn makes it a target and gets "used" by scammers more often than say, investment firms. Perhaps because the job goes quickly and the operator can be in and out of a neighborhood quickly. I don't know for sure the reason why otherwise nice folks frown on curb painting as a legitimate business, but rest assured here at Curb Number Pro, we teach only legitimate business practices and a reliable, quality service to homeowners. Get my free ebook called "Planting The Right Seed For A Profitable Small Business" and see what I mean.
In my research I seem to keep finding issues with both California home owners and local government. California has it's share of both good and bad I suppose. I have found two separate California city documents that indicate that government has stepped in to try and resolve problems of curb painting companies conducting less than "honorable" business.
One of those cities is Los Angeles. They have fairly strict guidelines for curb painting businesses. I happen to agree with what they have outlined for professional curb painters, including the liability insurance requirement. The part I don't completely understand is why the policy has to name the county as the "additional insured". Someone had to have done enough damage at some point that cost the county money. That's all I can think of that makes any sense at all.
San Diego has implemented some fairly strict rules as well.
Here's an article from http://thenextcorner.net/student-curb-service-real-or-scam/ . Seems this one company has stirred some strong emotions in a lot of homeowners by the way they are conducting business. I left out the comments for the sake of length of my web page but copied their article below. Check out the link above if you want to read the banter.
"Last week, we got a notice our number of the house was newly painted on the curb stones at the street again. The notice was from Student Curb Service, where they highlighted the curb stones were freshly painted for convenience of police and fire department in times of need.
All sounds good right? Your house need to be identifiable when needed, and students need to know what an honest job feels like…Like they say:
Curb numbers are used by police, fire and ambulance, as well as delivery men. Most addresses cannot be read from the street at night. Freshly painted curb numbers are easily seen by the headlights of a car.
Because this service is not offered by the city, we provide it for everyone on a donation basis. Since we cannot find everyone at home during the daylight painting hours, we paint the addresses for all residents. Your donation for this service is strictly voluntary.
Only, we got the exact same notice only 3 months ago in our mailbox, where I don’t see any changes to the paint of the number on the curb stones. Is this a scam or legit? So far we have not paid anything, but should we pay these poor students or would our money be spend on all other things except on education?
Anybody know if this is a legit operation?
''Students'' have shown up at my door roughly every four or five years collecting for painting my number on the curb. And I used to give them money. Not any more. That's because the roots of the big eucalyptus in front of my house have pushed up the street just enough to allow an occasional puddle to form, which covers and discolors the number. But you don't have to pay for this service which, most likely, is conducted illegally.
The other day I came home and there was a note taped to my door saying that as a service to the residents, numbers will be painted on our curbs. This is nothing new, but because I have large, clearly visible numbers on my house, I have never wanted the number painted on the curb.
The last time they did this was probably a few years ago and when they came to collect (donations), I told the man that I had not wanted it painted and, therefore, would not be paying for it. He was visibly irritated but left without saying anything. When I saw this note I decided to call and tell them ahead of time that I did not want this service. They say it has a value of $15 and that they will take all contributions and to make your donation when the ''student'' calls at your door. I can tell you for sure that the person who was collecting last time was no student!"
Curb Number Pro Wants To Change All That Negativity Into Something Positive
Regardless of what someone else may be doing or getting away with, The Curb Number Pro System teaches people interested in starting a small business with little capital how to get started doing something profitable for themselves - curb number painting - in a real, legal and ethical way that encourages the development of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Throwing paint on a curb and demanding money is illegal and foolish. Conducting business that way and calling yourself a curb painting business could potentially be argued as slanderous. Misrepresentation of your self or of your business is unethical - at best.
On the other hand, learning a skill that can enable an entrepreneur to test the waters of business ownership is smart. The worst thing that can happen is you might gain some valuable business experience.