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Tag: Start-Up Diaries

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Delegate, and only hold meetings that matter

February 27, 2021 By
Pete Schopen talks about the importance of learning to delegate. He also shares an overview of important meetings held at Schopen Pest Solutions. Read more»
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Schopen Pest Solutions’ growth goals for 2021

January 6, 2021 By
If we get some normalcy back in 2021, here are the top items Schopen Pest Solutions will be working on for expansion and growth. Read more»
Schopen Pest Solutions’ Observational Biologist Mark Berry proudly emerges from a crawlspace in Wood Dale, Ill., after an inspection. PHOTO: SCHOPEN PEST SOLUTIONS

Instill professional pride in your team

December 29, 2020 By
How do we, as owners, raise our techs from “bug guys” to true professionals? How do we create observational biologists? Here's a checklist to get started. Read more»
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I’ve got plenty of pests to be thankful for

November 20, 2020 By
Pete Schopen lists his least-favorite to most-fun pests to service. And then he ranks his favorite Star Wars movies, too. Read more»
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The author, right, with newly minted branch manager Chris Baumann. PHOTO: PETE SCHOPEN

One small step toward delegation

August 25, 2020 By
Pete Schopen shares the steps he has taken in 2020 to hire a branch manager for Schopen Pest Solutions to offload some of his many tasks as the company's owner. Read more»
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Step-by-step photos like this one help convey expectations. PHOTO: PETE SCHOPEN

Investment in formal training pays dividends

June 3, 2020 By
Pete Schopen describes why a top-notch training manual is the best way to transfer to the techs and staff the ideas of the owner or operations manager. Read more»
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Pondering the prevalence of profanity

May 22, 2020 By
I’ve noticed more people swearing, cussing, using profanity — whatever you want to call it. It seems it's becoming more prevalent in our day-to-day lives. Read more»
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Retain employees with benefits befitting them

April 14, 2020 By
Pete Schopen shares how the benefits offered to his employees have evolved throughout the years and the importance of getting employee input. Read more»
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Cultivate a positive company culture

March 12, 2020 By
Pete Schopen shares how he works to cultivate a positive company culture, including a recent awards party for the company's employees. Read more»
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Make the pay-per-lead model work for you

February 28, 2020 By
Pete Schopen shares how and why the pay-per-lead model is working for his company right now — and why it might be worth considering. Read more»