4 Tips for Starting a Pest Control Business
Starting a pest control business is a great idea. The pest control business is steady: there are always pests and there will always be people who want rid of them. Pest control businesses are relatively low cost as well, so you don’t need a lot of money to start one. With this low barrier to entry and the promise of steady business, there are a lot of people considering starting a pest control business. But even though the conditions for success are favorable, not any fool can just start a pest control business and succeed. You need some knowledge and acumen if you’re going to do well. Here are four tips for starting a pest control business.
Buy a Franchise
The first step in starting a successful pest control business is to buy a pest control franchise. Actually, that’s not true; buying the pest control franchise itself is probably the eighth, ninth, or tenth step. But deciding to buy a pest control franchise is the first step. Completely owning and running your own independent business might sound more romantic, sure. But this is the pest control business; who said anything about romance?
The truth is, your chances of financial success running a pest control franchise is about ten times as great as your chance going it alone. Buying a franchise gives you a huge boost. For one, you can benefit from the training and support of your franchisors. Second, your franchisors can offer you major advantages. Advantages such as: a protected territory ensuring you won’t have to compete with another franchise from the same business, access to discounted materials thanks to volume buying power, GSA certification allowing you to work on government properties, and a recognized and trusted brand name. When starting a pest control business, it behooves you to look for a franchise for sale that comes with all of the above perks.
Get your Financing in Order
Pest control businesses are relatively low cost. But that doesn’t mean you can buy one on impulse. It’s still a business, so you have to figure out how you’re going to pay for it and manage the initial costs. As with any business, you can’t expect to make money right out of the gate. It takes time to build up your business, even when buying a franchise.
A good pest control business can cost you anywhere from $30,000-$85,000 in initial investment. Most people don’t have that kind of money sitting around in their checking account (though some do). If you don’t, you have to figure out how you’re going to finance starting your pest control business. Some pest control franchisors offer in-house franchising themselves.
Know your Location
Where do you want to start your pest control business? What is the climate like there? What kind of pests live in that area? Who are the problematic pests you’ll have to exterminate or manage? All of these are questions you should consider before starting a pest control business. Oh, and also make sure the pest control franchise you want to buy is available in your area.
Pestmaster is looking for qualified individuals to buy our franchises all over America. We’d love to help you start a pest control business, so please contact us today.Back