Tag: Start-Up Diaries

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Schopen’s 2018 year in review

December 31, 2018 By
My wife still puts together the daily deposits for our company. Recently, she was filling out the deposit slips for Nov. 5, and it took her four hours. Four hours for one day’s worth of worked clients! I couldn’t believe... Read more»
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Water solutions for Schopen Pest’s headquarters

July 9, 2018 By
How Schopen Pest Solutions is tackling a water problem at their new headquarters. Read more»
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Snow shoveling at Schopen Pest Solutions, Photo: Pete Schopen

Water issues at Schopen Pest’s new headquarters

July 2, 2018 By
Tackling a water problem at Schopen Pest Solutions' new building. Read more»
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It takes a village to buy a building

August 25, 2017 By
In my June and July columns, I detailed the process Schopen Pest Solutions went through to purchase a new building for its headquarters. And let me tell you, I couldn’t have gotten through it alone. I had a lot of... Read more»
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Buying a building for new headquarters leads to decisions

August 9, 2017 By
As I was standing in front of my new building the other day, talking to my architect, a homeless man sidled up to us. I figured he was going to ask us for a few dollars, but instead, he shook... Read more»
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How to equip employees with tech for success

August 9, 2016 By
I get many inquiries from other pest management professionals (PMPs), and one of the most commonly asked questions is about the equipment I furnish for my technicians. Every tech is different. Some are like Inspector Gadget and want every tool... Read more»
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Making Winter Downtime Productive

February 11, 2016 By
I grew up on a farm in Western Nebraska, way up in the high plains of the Sand Hills, just south of the Badlands. My family didn’t farm our property; we were renters. But we did live the farmers’ life:... Read more»
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Public Speaking Can Open Many Doors

December 1, 2015 By
In July, I spoke at the Northern Illinois Home Inspectors Association’s annual conference. It was great. About 40 attendees listened to me go on and on about carpenter ants, termites and powderpost beetles. They asked me to talk for about... Read more»
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Start-Up Diaries: Helping Techs Advance Their Education

May 13, 2015 By
I love to play Scrabble. Growing up on a farm in Nebraska, our winter days were long and weekends even longer. (Imagine your cable was out and you only had two VHS tapes* to watch: “Quilting with Grandma” or “Weeding... Read more»
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