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#1955328 - 04/16/10 05:55 PM Starting- Want to start a ADC business, need some
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
I have a burning desire to get into adc work. But need some information. Is personal liability insurance the only kind of insurance you need.? And how do you charge for different things like mole control, or doing a bat exclusion job.? And what is the best way to get advertising out.? Any info, would be great. Thanks, Chad

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#1955581 - 04/16/10 08:23 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
Robb Russell Offline


Registered: 03/28/07
Loc: Gainesville, Alachua, Florida,...
Where in Minnesota Chad?
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#1956123 - 04/17/10 06:19 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
TN Ridge Runner Offline
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Registered: 02/18/09
Loc: Southern Tennessee
You could buy a Franchise from Vexcon, (Billy the Exterminator) you will have to wear black clothes with skulls and drive a black truck, which is kind of cool.


http://www.vexconinc.com/franchising/
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#1956207 - 04/17/10 08:04 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: TN Ridge Runner]
Nathan Krause Offline
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Registered: 11/28/08
Loc: Waterford, WI
Originally Posted By: TN Ridge Runner
You could buy a Franchise from Vexcon, (Billy the Exterminator) you will have to wear black clothes with skulls and drive a black truck, which is kind of cool.


http://www.vexconinc.com/franchising/



LMAO..... Don't do it. Then everyone on the site will be complaining about you like they do about Billy.
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#1956232 - 04/17/10 08:39 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Nathan Krause]
swampdonkey Offline
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Registered: 02/19/10
Loc: massachusetts
Here we go !!!! ONE MORE TIME PEOPLE !!! LOL !!
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#1956308 - 04/17/10 09:56 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: Lower Alabama (Daleville)
Chad Kamolz-
Check this link and links within it-
http://www.trapperman.com/forum/ubbthrea...tml#Post1905352
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#1956724 - 04/17/10 04:33 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Robb Russell]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Redwood Falls, south central.

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#1956746 - 04/17/10 04:49 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
sgs Online   content
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Registered: 11/10/09
Loc: NH
Chad, are you comfortable driving to Minneapolis? From a quick look on the map, you seem to be in a fairly rural area. Not that there's not work in the rural areas but folks have a tendency to take care of their own problems there. It's city folk who need the help.

There is a place for ADC work in rural areas though. What kind of work are you looking for?
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#1956820 - 04/17/10 06:02 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: sgs]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Sent you a PM

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#1959077 - 04/19/10 09:35 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
Lundy Offline
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Registered: 08/19/07
Loc: North Branch MN
You don't need to drive to the cities. There is alot of competition there now. It might take awhile (1-3 years) to get enough business to do it full-time. Best to start out part-time, get your name out, get some experience. Do you have vacation homes in your area? Those are owned by the people from the cities. You might get some locals for things like Bats and squirrels getting into attics. Farm type people do alot of their own. Can you service enough towns around you to market to 30-50,000 people? That many people may have enough problems to get you going. If it has lot's of urban area.

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#1959118 - 04/19/10 10:03 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Lundy]
LT GREY Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
Loc: Central Ohio
Good point, Lundy!

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#1959120 - 04/19/10 10:05 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: LT GREY]
LT GREY Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
Loc: Central Ohio
Is Billy really trying to sell franch...no, that can't possibly be true!

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#1964231 - 04/22/10 06:51 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: LT GREY]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
What are the best ways you guys have found to advertise your adc business.?

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#1964279 - 04/22/10 07:20 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
Nathan Krause Offline
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Registered: 11/28/08
Loc: Waterford, WI
Originally Posted By: Chad Kamolz
What are the best ways you guys have found to advertise your adc business.?


Truth is there is no answer to this question.

What is best for me will not work for you. I have done a lot of advertising in a variety of ways.

-classified ads
-radio ads
-flyers
-business cards
-wrote articles for newspapers
-signage on vehicle
-yellow pages
-internet ads

the list could go on for days.

Try a variety of things and you will figure out what works in your area. I ask everyone who calls how they were referred to me. I also keep a log so I know what works and what doesn't.

Some on here will say yellow pages don't work, others will say they are the only way.

The one thing EVERYONE agrees on is that "word of mouth" is your best source.
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#1964292 - 04/22/10 07:27 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Nathan Krause]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Thanks, for the idea's. Chad

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#1964326 - 04/22/10 07:47 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
Paul Winkelmann Offline
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Registered: 07/23/08
Loc: mequon, wisconsin
You need to have Yellow Page ads for the elderly and a website for the now generation and that's probably all you need. If you're successful, "word of mouth" is the best!

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#1964503 - 04/22/10 08:55 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Paul Winkelmann]
G Hanold Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
Loc: Haubstadt, In.
I just placed my first newspaper ad today, for mole service. It was a small paper that almost everyone gets and targets the towns nearest to me. Plus 2 weeks for a 2"X4" ad was 1/5th the cost of a classified size ad in the city newspaper for a week.

A tip on radio ads. If you are advertising services such as mole removal where you are targeting a wealthier customer, you local talk radio station is the way to go. Talk radio listeners tend to have more disposable income than pop/rock listeners. Here a radio ad package on the biggest talk station is cheaper than that same tiny newspaper ad for one day
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#1964539 - 04/22/10 09:12 PM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: G Hanold]
Nathan Krause Offline
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Registered: 11/28/08
Loc: Waterford, WI
Originally Posted By: Hanible

A tip on radio ads. If you are advertising services such as mole removal where you are targeting a wealthier customer, you local talk radio station is the way to go. Talk radio listeners tend to have more disposable income than pop/rock listeners. Here a radio ad package on the biggest talk station is cheaper than that same tiny newspaper ad for one day


I have a talk radio station starting to run ads this Saturday during their "Expert Gardener" show. Starting this saturday and running through the end of may ran me $350 That is 60 second ads this and next saturday and 30 second ads the remaining 4 saturdays.

I did 20 60 second ads over last weekend and coming up this weekend on a FM station and that ran me $400

Tomorrow I will put a ad in the local paper $20 for just a text classified ad for 1 week and I will also put an ad in a new paper that I haven't used before (not sure of cost in that one).


Edited by krausen (04/22/10 09:13 PM)
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#1964867 - 04/23/10 07:42 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Nathan Krause]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Thanks, for all the info guys. It gets my mind working to all the things i could do in my area. Keep the idea's coming, i'm excited to get going with my new venture. Chad

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#1964908 - 04/23/10 08:29 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
G Hanold Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
Loc: Haubstadt, In.
I don't know if I'd target the expert gardener show. If they are dedicated to gardening enough to take time out of a Sat., they probably take care of their problems on their own. I'd target the Rush, Hannity, Dave Ramsey, etc... listeners. Lots of business men sitting in their offices with their radio on!

A personal experience with this. I import car service center I delivered to, would run a ad, during the heart of the talk day, for two weeks and fill their lot for a couple months. Then when the lot would start to thin they'd run the ad again.
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#1965068 - 04/23/10 10:45 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: G Hanold]
Nathan Krause Offline
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Registered: 11/28/08
Loc: Waterford, WI
I see your point Hanible but I also see the upper class older couples sitting on their sun porch drinking coffee listening to the show before they go get their green thumb on.

It could go both ways. I am banking on the people who enjoy gardening and are tired wildlife feasting on their hard work. In my part of the world I don't see many AM listeners being the do it yourselfers.

Those people are more likely to be listening to the Country Station or the classic rock stations.

I am betting on the ones who get up at 6am to listen to the show are the ones who have the money to pay for my services.

Then again I can be totally wrong. Everything is a gamble and I am ok with that.

If I knew how to add a sound file I would post the commercial but have no clue.
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#1965078 - 04/23/10 10:50 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: G Hanold]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
I'm going to have some magnetic vehicle door signs made. Do you guys think, that an animal graphic on the signs, gets more attention then if there's not one on there.? Thanks, Chad

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#1965086 - 04/23/10 10:57 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Chad Kamolz]
Nathan Krause Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/28/08
Loc: Waterford, WI
Chad recently a post was started by LT. GREY about logos. Do a quick look back through the past few pages on this forum and you will find it.

Logos have been discussed numerous times and the question about animals in the logo has also been discussed in depth. If you look for it you will find it.

I know the guys who frequent this page have posted their logos a few different times to share for the new guys to get an idea.

The main purpose of my logo is two things:

1. Whe someone sees it for the first time they know I deal with wildlife
2. So when they see it a second time they remember who I am and what I do.

Others will tell you their logo is for other reasons and that is why everyone's business is different. But I know with my "logo" alone I can accomplish my two goals. I add the words "Nuisance Wildlife Removal" to my logo and that just confirms to the customer what my logo already told them.
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#1965116 - 04/23/10 11:26 AM Re: Want to start a ADC business, need some help.!!! [Re: Nathan Krause]
Chad Kamolz Offline
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Registered: 06/12/08
Loc: Redwood Falls, Minnesota
I found the post, about logo's. Thanks, Chad

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