Conquer and Destroy All Pests
Pest control franchises are not for everybody. Most entrepreneurs are squeamish and this type of business involves dealing with rats, mice, wasps, ants and other nasty bugs on a daily basis!
Your home is Infested!
Everyone's heard the old saying that you're never more than 6 feet from a rat, and the very thought that we might be sharing our home or office with little furry rodents or other creepy crawlies is enough to turn the stomach. Although the low-tech methods of thorough cleaning and mousetraps can work, sometimes an infestation is so bad that the only option is to call in a pest control franchise to help.
Scope of Work
There are any number of insects, plants or animals which can be considered a nuisance, and most large companies operating in the market deal with everything which their customers can throw at them. The most common problems encountered are rats, mice, wasps, cockroaches and ants, but pest control companies can also deal with more unusual problems such as the quickly spreading Japanese knot weed plant or even woodworm. No two days are the same when you are working with the public, and although many franchises have regular customers who they work with on a weekly or monthly basis, most of the work is one-off jobs where a householder or office calls in the team to deal with an urgent problem.
Qualifications and Skills
Pest control is often dirty and messy, and it's not the sort of job which can be done sitting behind the desk in an office. In the early days of building a franchise business, everyone in the company will be involved with getting out, meeting customers, dealing with problems and marketing the services being offered to different customers. As the business grows, the entrepreneur can start to take a back seat and manage the business, while leaving others to do the travelling to visit premises, but the best way of learning how the company operates is to spend some time doing every role in the company to get a full understanding of every aspect. Training will be required at an early stage to learn all about the poisons, traps and other tools used in the business, and ongoing development of staff is also recommended.
Growing the Business
Unlike other market sectors, there is no danger of the market disappearing completely, unless someone comes up with a remarkable new device which will exterminate all pests at the push of a button. There will always be a need for control companies, but it is still important to move with the times and embrace the new technologies such as social media, email and text messaging to keep in touch with customers and let them know about special offers or promotions. As the firm grows, recruiting more staff will enable you to deal with more customers.
Getting into the pest control business is not the cheapest of franchise opportunities, and to buy into an established brand will cost around £50,000. This may seem steep, but the fact that the market is stable and will not decline makes it a sensible move for someone who wants to be their own boss but doesn't want to risk entering into a market which may change in the future.