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#210 - 12/22/06 11:39 PM Starting- Starting an Animal Damage Control Busine
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
Any advice to an experienced Animal Damage Controler going out on his own?

I have been doing Animal Damage Control work full time for over 5 years and am finally going out on my own.


I am interested in any advice or help out there that is offered.
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Paul R. Ellsworth


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#358 - 12/23/06 03:01 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
CajunBill Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Sylacauga Ala
most of the people already know you .just let them know that you work for your self now and put a add in the paper.
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School of Trapping
http://cajunbill.proboards92.com
cajunbill

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#2592 - 12/24/06 03:55 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: CajunBill]
duckster34 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
how do you go about charging for services as an adc. i have alot of people here that ask about catching beaver but want me to do it for free. just curious. duckster

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#3480 - 12/24/06 11:45 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
TRapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Central IA
check us out at http://www.AAllAnimalControl.com and call me if you have any questions. i am a franchisee.

Joshua Jones
A All Animal Control of Tri-State
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Joshua TRapper Jones
TRapper's Wildlife Control

I also build websites...go to www.TRappersWebsites.com

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#6979 - 12/27/06 09:43 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: TRapper]
MikeFlick Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Loc: Wisconsin
Call Matt at 800-714-8727 and give him your imfo.We treat our guys real well,I think you will agree.
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http://www.anytimeanimalcontrol.com
Wildlife Control Nationwide 800-714-8727

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#7858 - 12/27/06 07:57 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: MikeFlick]
duckster34 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
thanks for the reply guys, you think they could tell me how to start my own company?

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#9496 - 12/28/06 08:11 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: duckster34]
victoria vixen Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Loc: Bahamas
Dear Duckster,
With all due respect to CajunBill, putting ads in the paper seldom work and here is the reason why... when most people have an animal problem they need an answer and they need it NOW and I mean RIGHT NOW! They can't remember where that paper was that they saw an ad in because few will take the time to cut it out and place it where they can find it. Let me tell you what does WORK. #1- Yellow page ads. A catchy name, with a logo that people can identify with and remember (say it with me Duckster, R E M E M B E R). Also, important you want it to start with one of the first 3 letters of the alphabet, preferably A. Just as important, you want your name to say what you do. If you are a Critter Gitter, say it, if you're a mole buster, say it. If you do goose round up, specialize in bat removal, say that too! People looking for an answer to their problems will see your ad and call. Now the size of your ad is not as important as where it's placed and what it says. Big ads cost big money, but most produce substantial results. #2- Let's not forget word-of-mouth. Many of our calls are based on customer referral. We did a good job for someone and they referred us to a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker. #3- Business cards. 1000 business cards are cheap insurance! Don't be afraid to post them on every billboard, in every store, hardware store, etc... and let's not forget church billboards. A lot of people still go to church and they read their billboards religiously (excuse the pun). Don't be afraid to walk up and hand them out with a hand shake and a smile. Remember appearance is EVERYTHING! You NEVER get a second chance to make a first impression! Remember that! Get some work shirts with your name and company embroidered on them. It looks professional and people like to see that. Don't be afraid to go out on a limb, that's where the fruit is. Confidence is key. As far as franchise, don't be too quick to be sucked into that idea. If you have the ability assess the problem and the skill and confidence to catch the animal, you're half way there brother. Take the money you'd spend on a franchise and buy yourself some good quality traps in various sizes. Get some magnetic signs with your logo for your truck. Find out what other companies are charging for a service call, as well as, per animal removed. Then start out a little lower. Get yourself some business cards printed with your logo on them and get yourself in gear! Some people don't realize opportunity because it comes dressed up like work. Like I said, don't be afraid to go out on a limb, that's where the "fruit" is!!!!!


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#9534 - 12/28/06 08:25 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: victoria vixen]
duckster34 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
thanks vic, i don't perse advertise. we are or were on the dnr list for problem animals. i have had alot of people call about the beavers here in our area, so i was curious if there was really a need for that kind of business around here in south ga.. people here want you to catch the varmit for free and have to pay for services, so i was trying to get an idea of the price you adc specialist charge to do that type of work. i really do thank you for the input, opens my eyes to alot of avenue's. thanks duckster

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#9686 - 12/28/06 09:06 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: duckster34]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
Great post Victoria thank you.
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Paul R. Ellsworth


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#9792 - 12/28/06 09:45 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
victoria vixen Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Loc: Bahamas
Dear Barkstone,
I realized my error in sending the response to duckster34 probably should have been directed to you. My apologies. But, I see you read my response, so I guess you got the message as well. I didn't tell you about a friend of mine that was in your position, got laid off, (from a major A.D.C. company), on July 31st and started his company one day later on August 1st. He grossed over $12,000 in the next 4 months and over $30,000 the following year. All without a yellow page ad... so it can be done with hard work and perseverance. As for duckster34, our set up fee is $75.00 for a service call which includes inspection and setting traps, if needed and $40.00 per animal removed. If repairs are needed it's $25.00 per man hour plus material. (If it only takes 15 minutes it's still billed $25.00). On coyotes and beaver they are $100.00 each removed. The set up fee on those animals varies with each job. We catch and remove any animal but most of our jobs are squirrel or raccoon related. Best of luck.
Victoria

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#11757 - 12/30/06 12:04 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: victoria vixen]
suredve Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Loc: mn
i to would like to do this and have had the same problems with beaver trapping.

Just trapped them for free and skined or sold the animals to a local fur buyer.

Was'nt sure of what to charge or evn dare to ask a charge price.

i think a lot of the beaver that the land owners wanted to get rid of just went out and shot them and not even gave any thought of what they were doing.

they probly didn't want to wait till th trapper came around.

just wanted to get rid of them when they could.

i relize that you half to get out there and be firm, but not to firm, and do your thing.

But what about when the land owner dosn't want to pay much or anything?...
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gal 2:19-21 ol-kjv

http://www.alighthouse.com/thelighthouse.htm



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#12348 - 12/30/06 04:04 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: suredve]
Dave Scott Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Loc: Hancock co., IN
if they dont want to pay then move on, otherwise word gets out that you helped so and so free of charge and you should do the same for me.
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Scott Wildlife Control
"solutions to wildlife conflicts"

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#12541 - 12/30/06 05:54 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Dave Scott]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
Dave hit it on the nose IMO. My truck don't run on gas for free, and my childs education is not free either.
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Paul R. Ellsworth


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#12753 - 12/30/06 07:31 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
Dave Scott Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Loc: Hancock co., IN
dont forget when you are self employed Y-O-U are responsible for your health care and retirement etc. Ya dont have a boss contributing to your 401 and such
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Scott Wildlife Control
"solutions to wildlife conflicts"

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#12962 - 12/30/06 08:57 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Dave Scott]
victoria vixen Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Loc: Bahamas
Good point! You find out what you're made of real quick whenyou are out here on your own.

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#13161 - 12/30/06 10:37 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: victoria vixen]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
Well, I am starting to find out... It is a scary, and very exciting time. Kinda like having your first child I guess. Its is hard to articulate the range of emotion. So far so good, I am ahead of the game ($$) 3 weeks into it. Long ways to go before there is time to rest. Going to hit it hard next week getting the name, and getting it out there.

Good news is right now there is fur to be had and that keeps everything afloat until the spring rush hits.
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Paul R. Ellsworth


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#13582 - 12/31/06 10:31 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
Dave Scott Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Loc: Hancock co., IN
good luck and best wishes! Always think of your safety first, this business is good at putting you in harms way
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Scott Wildlife Control
"solutions to wildlife conflicts"

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#14298 - 12/31/06 07:09 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Dave Scott]
FLTrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Florida
duckster34 what part of s.ga. ya from
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John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee,Ye must be born again.

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#15032 - 01/01/07 09:46 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: FLTrapper]
duckster34 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
a small town called newton. about 25 miles south of albany. how bout urself. we used to live in old town,fl.years ago. my dad is from down that way.

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#15825 - 01/01/07 07:02 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: duckster34]
Hoppytrapsfur Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/29/06
Loc: N C Ohio, Historic Lyme Distri...
All good posts:
Here are some of my suggestions.
Contact your local DNR for permits etc
Contact your couty auditor for sales taxes, business licenses etc
Contact your insurance agent, commercial insurance for you company and vehicles, private insurance wont cover
See an attorney
Contact your state dept of agriculture. they may have regulations too
Sorry about this on!!! IRS you'll need a # from them
Also state auditor for state income tax
State unimployment tax bureau
Workmens comp if you are going to hire someone to help-even part-time
Can't think of any more right off hand
Hope this helps

Will
Hopkins Pest Control since 1984

PS Just thought of one more. If your not up to doing tax work you'll need a good CPA too.


Edited by Hoppytrapsfur (01/01/07 07:15 PM)
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