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Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: joepennanti] #6531728
05/05/19 05:37 AM
05/05/19 05:37 AM
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I like my career because I am the owner, boss, and worker. As owner and boss I make the rules fair for the worker - me.

Seriously, I do have some fundamental business rules that prevent most problems. And I invested in good professional documents that clearly explain the terms.

I do not do bats or bugs. Some jobs are more fun than others.

If for some reason a job is not going as well as expected, I add a couple days at no charge. That is great for customer relations and referrals. When I quote a price, I also include a price for any necessary or desired additional days at a discounted rate since the traps are already set. For repeat customers I give a small discount and note that it is a good customer discount. Those people are great for referrals. One repeat customer wrote the best compliment and testimonial. “You sure aren’t cheap, but you sure are effective!”

When establishing prices, consider all overhead and somehow divide that into charges. Taxes take a chunk. I charge enough that overhead is covered and some left for me.

Still, the market will only bear certain rates. I read somewhere that if you are getting every job your prices are too low. If you get none of the jobs your prices are too high. If getting a majority of jobs your prices are just right.

The toughest jobs to quote prices for are jobs with a long drive. For example, I explain that this job involves 2.5 hours of drive time every day for 5 days which equals 12.5 hours of driving and expenses. The job price must include the cost for the driving time and fuel.

I turn down some jobs where there are already serious obvious administrative or business conflicts or problems. I also turn down jobs that would be a public relations nightmare. I am not willing to get involved in those situations.

Yes I like my career.

Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: joepennanti] #6532252
05/05/19 10:57 PM
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after all these years some days I love it some days it is a job.


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Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: joepennanti] #6534265
05/09/19 12:36 AM
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I forgot to include that there are a few additional significant reasons to like an ADC career.

1. Huge amounts of money roll in constantly. Some people send me money just to get on my list in case they ever need to hire me.

2. The next reason is about the fast cars. I work out of a Shelby Mustang.

3. The last reason is, and you might have guessed this - yes, the women. Do you guys have a following of female groupies? Mostly from age 19 to 28? I am concerned that something might get cold in those short skirts. Sometimes they can be just too much of a good thing and I get tired.

Oh, the stresses of a professional trapper!

Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: joepennanti] #6534939
05/10/19 12:32 AM
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The best comment i got from a customer so far is " You are too d**n expensive but you are also too d**n good to go anywhere else"

Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: joepennanti] #6535464
05/10/19 10:21 PM
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Willy, if you can upload a photo of you in your Shelby Mustang cruising around with a few young women in short skirts dangling bloody rats by their tails, I might move to OH and submit a job application to work for you.

Awaiting the photo.


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Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: joepennanti] #6536196
05/12/19 08:11 AM
05/12/19 08:11 AM
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Willy, that was a very nice write up. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: run] #6536214
05/12/19 08:48 AM
05/12/19 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by run
Originally Posted by EatenByLimestone
To be fair, most of the guys here are probably self employed or at the top of the hierarchy at the company they work for. They most likely make more and are more apt to love the work. Ask the seasonal guy at Orkin or Terminex who has to make 20 stops a day and has no way to rise in the ranks and you'll probably get a much different story.

That's gotta be a rough job doing 20 stops.


I think he is making a different point than the rough 20 stops. Might be wrong.




Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: joepennanti] #6553979
06/12/19 11:49 AM
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I only do (did) wild animals and birds, no rats, mice or bugs. Love the work, hate working with homeowners. Mostly transplanted city people who watched too many Bambi movies. Best time was winter, then they did not come outside and tell me how to do my job. Never charged the limited amount of farmers in my county (mostly beaver problems), as a result I have more places to hunt, fish and pelt trap than I can get to in my old age. One farmer had a deer hunting lease that was all state troopers. They complained to him about me trapping there (I was snaring mink on his creek). He told them "take a hike, I can find lots of hunters, but he is the only beaver man I trust". Eric
One other thing, I charged a flat rate for a job, not a setup fee and a per animal rate. Most of my clients were not home from 6AM to 6PM and if I caught and removed an animal when they did not see it they often would not believe me. Flat rate solved that problem.

Re: do you guys like your ADC careers? [Re: eric space] #6554020
06/12/19 01:01 PM
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Winona MN
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Good for you!


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