How to Make Money In Your Neighborhood Painting Curb Numbers

Making extra money isn't hard if you're entrepreneurial and willing to work. Painting house numbers on the curbs in your neighborhood offers a healthy return on your investment of time and labor. The startup costs are minimal, and you don't need specialized equipment. Working in one neighborhood means you'll move quickly from house to house, maximizing the number of curbs you can paint -- and the amount of cash you can make -- in a day.

Selling

Write a sales speech that persuades your neighbors to hire you to paint their curb numbers. Explain the benefits of painted curb numbers, such as making your house number visible for emergency services and visitors and improving the appearance of the neighborhood. In the speech, explain that you will be painting house numbers on curbs in the neighborhood in the coming week, and ask if you can paint the neighbor's curb for a specified price. Practice your speech until you can deliver it with confidence.

Print at the top of a sheet of paper, "I agree to pay [your name] the sum of [your price] to paint my house number on my curb." Draw horizontal lines on the paper with enough room for each neighbor to sign the document and write his house number. Put the paper on a clipboard.

Knock on your neighbors' doors, one by one, and deliver your speech. When someone agrees to pay you to paint their curb, have him sign your document. Keep a list of the neighbors who hire you to paint their curbs.

Painting

Scrub the curb with the scrub brush to remove any loose debris.

Lay the house number stencils on the sidewalk with sides touching. Use the 1-inch painter's tape to tape the number stencils together along their side borders.

Hold the numbers up to the curb and use the permanent marker to draw the outline of the strip of number stencils on the curb. Mask a rectangle by applying the 3-inch-wide painter's tape along the outline, leaving the center empty.

Spray paint the center of the rectangle black, applying thin layers of paint until the curb is covered. Remove the tape, and let the paint dry for the time recommended on the paint can. Repeat this step at nearby houses while the paint dries.

Tape the stencil to the painted curb along all four edges. Spray white paint over the stencil in thin layers until the curb behind the cut-out numbers is coated with paint. Remove the stencil.

Knock on each neighbor's door. When your neighbor answers, tell her you have finished painting her curb and ask for payment. Follow up at the houses where no one is home until you have collected your fee.

Tips

  • Align the curb number with the center of a walkway or near a driveway. Paint the number in approximately the same place on each curb to create uniformity.

    Flexible plastic stencils are best for curved curbs. Use self-interlocking brass stencils for straight curbs to save the time you spend taping the stencils together.

    Practice painting stenciled numbers on scrap paper bags or newspaper until you are satisfied with the results.

    If the curbs in your neighborhood already have freshly painted curbs, visit nearby neighborhoods until you find one where the curb numbers are faded or nonexistent.

Warnings

  • Watch out for traffic. Don't wear headphones that block the sound of cars while you paint.

    Wear a protective mask to help keep paint fumes out of your body.

    Some municipalities regulate the painting of house numbers on curbs. For instance, regulations in Sacramento, California, require you to get a permit and sign a written contract with the homeowner before you paint. Check the regulations in your area to make sure you comply with local laws.