There has never been a better time to take a look into buying a pest control franchise; estimates suggest that 15% of local authorities nationwide have already discontinued their pest control services and, with more budget-cuts thought to be on the way, this figure could increase.
As a result, private pest control companies are reaping the rewards with long term contracts; coupled with an increase in one-off pest control assignments, the benefits – both financial and in term of work/life balance – are high.
Pest control services is something that we cannot live without. The modern day household is no longer prepared to put up with perceived pest ‘infestations’, hence calls to pest control firms are remaining steady; some industry pundits suggest that calls could actually increase now that local authorities with pest control departments are either defunct or are now charging for services that were previously free.
But what else is there about pest control that makes this a lucrative business to be in?
With pest control industry figures looking healthy and prosperous, taking up a franchise could be a shrewd financial move.
There are some distinct advantages to buying a franchise and still being self-employed:
Although rules and standards are part of the attraction of franchises, some franchisees find these too confining and restrictive, e.g. there are things you MUST do. Check the small print before you sign the contract!
Reputation is also key in making your franchise business a success and so making sure that the brand is robust is important.
There are, as you would expect, several companies offering franchise opportunities. They vary significantly in price, as well as in the deal being offered. On one hand, you might want the reputation of an industry leader but, they come at a price – some well-known brands have packages that start at £75,000 and have 5 year contracts and an undisclosed “buy out fee” to leave the organisation! Other have a smaller purchase price and far less regulations and terms and offer more flexibility to running your business.
Some also charge ongoing fees that cover the cost of additional materials etc., as well as the ability to carry on using their ‘name’ and reputation; again, these costs vary from pest control franchise to another.
However, there is a compromise on the horizon; tapping into a franchise that has the reputation for being effective in terms of pest control and management, but offered at rates and fees that are friendly and fair. SOS Pest Control has the growing reputation and is fast becoming seen as an industry trailblazer, in the footsteps of which many other will follow.
The pest control industry is growing; the statistics all point to it being a business that is needed and welcomed by many across the UK, from both domestic customers and business customers too.
There is also growing evidence that, as a self-employment option, it offers a certain degree of stability with more and more contract work being sought by both commercial customers, and local authorities too.
Customers are demanding more; they no longer want to wait days or weeks to have a rat problem sorted. And customers do not have patience either! If they have a pest control problem, they want it sorting effectively and quickly.
Brand and reputation is key, hence opting for a pest control franchise builds all the benefits of a big name or brand into the benefits of being self-employed.
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