As our readers know, there are many ways to hustle up some extra cash from home – and running your own freelance pest control company is one of them. In fairness, it should be noted that this type of work is not for everyone. But for those who are willing and able, it can lead to some very good profits for part-time work.
If you want to hustle up money from home as a freelance pest control vendor, you will need to do some research first. Here are some guidelines to help get you started:
Depending on where you live, you may or may not need to get a business license. In some locales, you may need to be registered as you will be dispensing chemicals into the environment.
You will need to study the different types of pests that are common to your area and learn the best methods for exterminating them. If you have (or can get) experience working for one of the large pest control companies –so much the better. Also much of this information you can find online.
Once you know the types of pests you will encounter, you will need to secure a supplier for your pesticides. In many areas, a farmer’s co-op is a good option for supplies. You can also get many of your supplies online, wholesale.
After you have all the logistics in place, you can place ads in the paper. You may want to run a “special offer” at first which will help you get some customers fast. Most people want to get rid of their pests, but do not want to pay a lot of money for it. Use that to your advantage.
Because you will have far less overhead than nationally known pest control vendors, you can price your services below them and still make a very good profit.
One of the best ways to hustle up some extra cash in this business is to offer your customers a recurring contract. This simply means you will come back once a month (or two) and reapply the chemicals to ensure they never have a pest problem again! The business principle: it is easier to keep a customer than it is to get a new one, certainly applies to pest control, and it is one way to simplify your plan to hustle up some extra cash from home.