Whistling past the cemetery; episode 4


Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group. This post is a recap of the episodes released in December 2016.

If you’re not a member of the Facebook Group, you can join here: PestCemetery.com


The first thread discussed was Shane Mantz’s post about financing your own pest control business. Jerry mentioned how start-up debt is mostly comprised of hard assets, therefore, a loan might not be difficult to acquire. That being said, he sees the downside of going into debt right off the bat.

Bryan points out how you want to avoid high interest debt. He cites his grandfather and father as saying, “The minute you stop working (for a paycheck) you start going into debt. Try not to borrow money from a bank”.

Jerry tells the story of how he and Renee started their business – He financed the company truck, but paid cash for everything else. He made reference to an article he wrote years ago: Single Operator Setbacks and Keeping the Faith.

The next thread was by Ryan Ridgley. Ryan draws attention to how the world’s largest taxi company (Uber) owns no vehicles, the world’s largest content provider (Facebook) creates no content, and the world’s largest retailer (Alibaba) has no inventory.

This is a fascinating point, but Jerry makes reference to Mike Rowe’s statement that technology won’t replace manual labor in the foreseeable future – “Somebody has to shovel the poop”.

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About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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