Red. Solo. Cup.

Don’t over think the title of this post. You can sing the Toby Keith song if you want. I sort of did when I wrote it. I grew up in Oklahoma, the same as Toby, but this post really has nothing to do with a drinking song, but more about how my business came to exist.

The Sun Rises & The Sun Sets

When I decided it was time to become my own boss, I was concerned that it was going to be a challenge. I had some doubts about how to form a business entity. I read books, websites, and other publications to understand the process. I am thankful for my attorney. I gave him a scribbled handwritten paper with my proposed company wishlist. After a couple of hour’s worth of back and forth questions, a company name and a corporate structure were determined.

I signed all the documentation to form a limited liability company. The attorney submitted the necessary paperwork to the appropriate state and federal channels. On June 8, 2020, I started as a solo pest control owner/operator with my business, Horizon Pest Solutions, LLC. And so, a new day begins… every day…pest free.

My Logo

It’s All About The Truck

I chose a business name, and now I needed a truck to get myself, and the necessary supplies, to the customer. I searched all the local car dealerships for my perfect conference room on wheels. I kept thinking about how my competitors had white vehicles. I needed to be different, as I have never been one to blend in with the crowd. I am a huge fan of Nissan branded autos, and found one that was just my style. RED!

While other pest control businesses blend in with traffic, my big red truck is like a stoplight. It makes people take notice. One customer said the logo, and other information, on my truck is easy to read – even at 70mph highway speeds. Unwanted insect activity makes a potential customer get “red in the face” mad. Well, now they can associate this reaction with calling “the sunny company with the red truck.”

My Friends Are The Reason I Drink

I know I said this wasn’t about a drinking song, but hang with me. Let me explain.

I have a best friend, but I also have some of the best friends. I can count on all of them for nonsense conversation. They calm me whenever I’m having a meltdown, give me a shoulder when I need to cry, or flick my head when I should just chill.

This behavior from friends is all because they care about me, as a living, breathing human, and because they know I am sometimes a handful. All that said, I am lucky they are all part of my life.

This cup was really the inspiration for me starting my own business.

A friend gave it to me when she knew I needed some encouragement, even when she had her own struggles. I’m not sure that Randi knew what kind of impact this would have on my life and career, but I owe gratitude. It’s my favorite drink holder. It’s had many a beverage in it, but the ultimate message remains the same. I Believe In You. I know she’s not the only friend who wishes me well, but she gave me this inspiration at exactly the right time.

Not The End, A Beginning

As I continue to drive my RED service truck as a SOLO owner/operator, I will continue to fill my CUP with the knowledge that my friends continue to be a blessing.

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states including a DOT CDL/HazMat. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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