Despite the fact that you’re dealing with bugs 24/7, a pest control company is actually an exciting and fulfilling company to run. Not only do you meet interest people, but you also solve a vital need for the community by keeping bugs and rodents out of people’s homes.
If this is something you might be interested in, here are a few steps you’ll need to know to get started.
1. Decide on Services to Offer
While most pest control companies service a wide variety of operations and bugs, some specialize in either a few specific types, such as termites or rodents. These are generally companies that are located in major metropolitan areas that can reach a lot of locations quickly or are in rural areas where one type of pest is very common. In order to reach the most amount of people, it might be a good idea to offer as many different services as possible and then narrow them down over time.
2. Apply for a Business License
Before you can legally set up shop in your area, you’ll have to be registered with your state, which means contacting the county clerk or business administration office closest to you. You can get a pest control license by talking to the department of agriculture, but you’ll also need to register your business with the secretary of state’s office for tax purposes and to get an employer identification number to use on forms. There’s also a sales tax license you’ll need to acquire as well in order to collect sales tax and pay it to the state during every transaction.
3. Purchase Coverage
It’s a wise move for every business (not just pest control) to buy liability insurance in case one of their products causes harm to a customer’s person or property. Also, it is strongly advisable to buy a surety bond from an insurance provider. If you get sued, a surety bond will provide the coverage you need to manage the lawsuit and keep your business financially viable during the proceedings. Since pest control businesses deal with many different types of chemicals, the risk of something bad happening is always present.
4. Set Up a Store Front
A physical location is necessary not only to store your chemicals but also to allow customers to walk in and interact with the business owner and employees face-to-face. In addition to a physical storefront, set up a website to reach potential clients who may not be in your area. Once you have a website with contact information, set up various social media platforms with information on home pest control ideas that customers can implement before they call you. The more you can position yourself as an expert in the industry, the more customers will contact you regarding their own pest issues.