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#15858 - 01/01/07 07:13 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Hoppytrapsfur]
FLTrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 91
Loc: Florida
34 Live Oak might be up that way for the winter classic.
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#18706 - 01/03/07 05:26 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: FLTrapper]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1576
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
Those are great Ideas Hoppytrapsfur, Thank you and thank everyone else as well, great ideas from everyone.
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#19517 - 01/04/07 08:38 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
Mike Dwyer Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 129
Loc: Ohio
Dave Scott was on target about paying your own health care and retirement. But your bigger and more immediate concern is making your payroll tax payments on time. If you get behind with payroll taxes then you will sooner or later find out how unforgiving the IRS realy is. The penalties and interest can be killers.

Mike Dwyer, President
Critter Control, Inc.
"Protecting People, Property & Wildlife"

Discover 'Animal Facts,' have fun with 'Animal Trivia,' and send 'Critter Cards' FREE at http://www.crittercontrol.com

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#24873 - 01/07/07 12:30 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Mike Dwyer]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1576
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
Thanks Mike those are great things to keep in mind...
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#28109 - 01/08/07 10:18 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
Bob Evans,-CWCP Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2151
Loc: Syracuse,Utica-Rome,Madison,On...
having read these posts, there are several great replies.
one area you are missing is an internet ad? webb advertising with the right company puts your name in front of people that can AFFORD your services.
bob
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#28466 - 01/09/07 09:08 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
BeastMaster Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 30
Loc: IN/KY/OH
Starting late summer 07, I will be offering a week long training program, live in person, ride w/ me, live with me. Won't be cheap, but will show you the short cuts. Watch the trapping rags for my ad late summer/early fall 2007.

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#62077 - 01/28/07 06:52 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: BeastMaster]
coonwild Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 643
Loc: southern ontario canada
vv i tried to send a pm to you i don't know if it went through oor not cxould you please reply if not
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#112672 - 02/27/07 05:01 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: coonwild]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1576
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
And so in the long saga of daily life, Genesis Wildlife Control Inc. is born...

Wish me luck or plan my demise but here I go.
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#112871 - 02/27/07 06:20 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
Dtwarrow Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 1126
Loc: OH - IO
Darn, I was going to move to St Louis!!!

LOL. good luck man!
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#113025 - 02/27/07 07:10 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Dtwarrow]
Mark E. Dotson Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 71
Loc: Dunbar, WV
The best to you Paul!
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A All Animal Control
304-345-1511
AAllAnimalControl.com
Contact me if you would like to start your own
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#114057 - 02/28/07 11:08 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Mark E. Dotson]
victoria vixen Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 609
Loc: Bahamas
Best of Luck to you, Barkstone....If I can be of any help you can always PM me with any questions....but I'm sure you'll do fine! Break a leg......vv

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#136971 - 03/15/07 07:37 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: victoria vixen]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1576
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
What would be considered a good rate on merchant credit card processing?

I am most likely going to have an imprint machine in my truck and a terminal at home so I will not be swiping at first. (with time and when there is less of a crunch on cashflow I will have a swiper.)

I have been quoted
1.64% plus $.19 per transaction swiped.
1.98% plus $.26 per transaction keyed in.

I have the equipment so there will be no additional charges other then a minimum monthly processing charge of $19.00

Any advice or suggestions would certainly be welcome. Comparitivly this seemed like a pretty good plan.


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#137571 - 03/16/07 08:13 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
speedtrap Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/19/07
Posts: 63
Loc: OH and WV
I would think unless your doing alot of transactions, propay or paypal would be alot better choices. $19 A MONTH? Holy Frioalas!

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#137910 - 03/16/07 01:33 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: speedtrap]
Mark E. Dotson Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 71
Loc: Dunbar, WV
Paul,

What other fees are included in this? Is that the debit card rate or credit card?

We can get your rates down to as low as .65% with the proper equipment in the field.

The thing you have to be careful of is that they say one rate and when you get your statement it says something different. Ask them about Non-Qual and Mid-Qual transactions and the rates for them as a lot of your transactions will fall into this category if you are not swiping and the various cards out there.
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Mark E. Dotson
A All Animal Control
304-345-1511
AAllAnimalControl.com
Contact me if you would like to start your own
business or grow your existing one!


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#141419 - 03/18/07 06:58 PM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Mark E. Dotson]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1576
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
 Quote:
1.64% plus $.19 per transaction swiped.
1.98% plus $.26 per transaction keyed in.

I have the equipment so there will be no additional charges other then a minimum monthly processing charge of $19.00


These are the only transactions listed or discussed. the lower rate was if swiped the higher rate was for just keying in the numbers at home after writing them on the contract.

I just can not justify spending $1200.00 for some equipment that will only save me $2 per transaction when I will not have much over 500 transactions this year maybe.....
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#230038 - 06/14/07 12:21 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
Barkstone Offline


Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1576
Loc: St Louis, Missouri
I brought this post out of the depths to put perspective on Lt Greys drive for post hood.

It may never have made it to a second page (YET) but it sure got the looks!

The most of any post here.
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Paul R. Ellsworth


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#230154 - 06/14/07 07:43 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Barkstone]
LT GREY Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 16105
Loc: Central Ohio
Well then , lets go for round two! \:\) This is a great question, for the simple fact that, it's the first thing a guy wants to know if he' s serious about getting in this business!!! Just what do I do? This should be one of the top asked and answered questions in my book! I can literally make or break you. Why is it so many trappers fail when they get into this business? I mean, they're good trappers, right? Someone answer this for all of us and lets get this question rollin' again!

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#230189 - 06/14/07 08:47 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: LT GREY]
LT GREY Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 16105
Loc: Central Ohio
It would be good to know what you thought the mistake was of a company that failed in your area, if that has happened.( Here, I see them come and go).

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#230251 - 06/14/07 10:49 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: LT GREY]
Mike Dwyer Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 129
Loc: Ohio
An unskilled trapper won't last long at all. But a mediocre to average trapper with a good operating system and business management skills will still be in business long after a great trapper who lacks either a good operating system or business management skills has closed his doors.

Even being the very best at catching animals is not enough. In my opinion most companies/individuals who fail at wildlife damage control do so because they lack the skills or tools to succesfully run their business.


Mike Dwyer, President
Critter Control, Inc.
"Protecting People, Property & Wildlife"

Discover 'Animal Facts,' have fun with 'Animal Trivia,' and send 'Critter Cards' FREE at http://www.crittercontrol.com

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#230267 - 06/14/07 11:11 AM Re: Starting an Animal Damage Control Business [Re: Mike Dwyer]
LT GREY Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/09/07
Posts: 16105
Loc: Central Ohio
Well put Mike. Anyone else?

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