My name is John, I'm 32 from Swindon, Wiltshire. I live with my partner and my 2 sons (6 and 8). I have worked in the pest control industry for nearly 10 years, working in various different roles for local and large companies. Because of my vast experience, I know the industry very well.
Everywhere I have worked I have felt held back. I've felt that I could be more than what I am, and I have big ideas that employers are not willing to listen to.
It has been a life long dream of mine to have my own business. To provide a better work and home life for my family. To have something where my passion and ideas will pay off, and to have something where I can truly flourish and succeed.
Because of my extensive industry knowledge, I am able to achieve this. Not only to I have vast technical knowledge, but I also recognise how the industry is changing, and what a business would need to do to thrive in a digital monitoring age, where the use of poisons is reduced.
I'm looking for a £25,000 investment to get my business off the ground. This will pay for a vehicle, stock, trade association membership, advertising, I.T and Equipment and uniform/branding ect. The money will also be used to pay my living costs for the first year whilst the business gains traction.
If money is spent on advertising from the start, I believe the first years profits will range from £60,000 to £80,000.
The business will offer commercial and domestic pest control. All commercial premises have a legal obligation to ensure that staff and visitors have a pest free environment. This especially applies to the food and beverage industry, such as pubs, restaurants and bakeries to ensure food safety, and prevent the risk of infection by pests species. This will be in the form of monitoring contracts, where typically we would visit that premises between 8 and 12 times per annum to carry out a full service inspection using a combination of fixed non toxic monitoring bait stations, and a visual inspection with torchlight. The client would receive a site folder containing risk assessment's, method statements, COSHH assessment's and detailed written reports after each visit. With this service they would also receive free callouts if a rodent is sighted.
Online advertising would target commercial and domestic clients. Domestic calls could be an array of one off jobs, from rats and mice, to bedbugs and fleas. Summer in pest control is the equivalent of Christmas in the retail industry. Summer brings wasps, and home owners frantically trying the get them removed safety to prevent children or vulnerable adults getting stung . The average wasps nest can be charged between £58 and £68, and in the peak of summer, you could have 10 calls per day.
I have plans to grow the business by taking on 1 employee in the first year, and implementing a washroom and sanitary bin service in year 2.
£25,000 investment will see significant return in the first 2 - 3 years as the business expands.