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A show that aims to learn the stories and lessons of fellow entrepreneurs. Discussions will focus on marketing, financial statements, personnel development, Goal setting, and much more. If you're anywhere between wanting to go out on your own, or an owner of a successful company, or looking to take it to the next level, this podcast is for you!
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Bug Bux Podcast

Eric Bassett and Jake Claus

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Bug Bux Podcast is designed to help pest control owners start and rapidly scale their company. The hosts, Eric Bassett and Jake Claus, are experts in the pest industry, and they are committed to providing the best guests and resources to help entrepreneurs. Their goal is to help you become a bug money millionaire. Eric Bassett started out as a door-to-door sales representative in 2008. Then he quickly worked his way into upper management and a sales director role before joining Natura as an ...
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Welcome to The Benj and Sailor Show! Your hosts are recent entrepreneurs and long-time members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This podcast is perfect for young men & women aged 18-25 within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on their journey to personal and entrepreneurial success. Whether you're stuck in a 9-5 job, seeking confidence to start your own business, or navigating relationships and personal growth, we're here to help! Trust us, this is the only " ...
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Are you living by design or just accepting the script society has written for you? Fit & Frugal is a movement for the audacious few, obsessed with creating a genuinely fulfilling life. We challenge the status quo with raw, unfiltered truths and flip the script on typical self-help clichés, proving that you can create your own path without following the crowd. Here, we confront our demons, shatter the confines of mediocrity, and tackle the deeper matters of self-discovery & personal growth. I ...
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Whether it's through digital marketing, community involvement, or direct engagement, there are numerous ways to grow your pest control company. In today's episode, Eric and Jake address a question posted from Dominion Pest Control in the Bug Bux+ Facebook Group. Dominion Pest Control is a new company looking for advice on how to get customers. Eric…
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In today's episode, Eric and Jake had the pleasure of hosting Jim Fredericks, the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)/Executive Director of the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA). Jim shared a wealth of knowledge about the resources and opportunities available through NPMA and PPMA, w…
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Light the candles and get ready to sing, because it's America's birthday! In today's episode, Eric and Jake discuss the significance of America as the land of opportunity and the impact of immigrant heritage on their entrepreneurial journey. They explore the value of hard work, the freedom to pursue happiness, and the unique opportunities available…
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Trouble finding your person? This is one of the most important decisions of your life, and it has to be yours. Include God in that decision. Ask questions and then listen! Newest episode of the Benj and Sailor Show is live now on all platforms! #RelationshipAdvice #MarriageTips #FaithAndLove #MakingBigDecisions #TrustInGod #benjcompas #benjandsailo…
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This is why you need a coach! We are joined by the incredible Brandon Buck for today's podcast! We take a deep dive into his coaching business & how he helps individuals & companies be “successful” everyday! Don't miss this episode! Out on Youtube, Apple and Spotify. 00:32 Introduction 01:56 Growing up on a Farm 03:41 From Teacher to Professional C…
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In today’s episode, Eric and Jake welcome Erik Anderson, owner of Utah Pest and Lawn. Erik shares his experience in sales, management, and entrepreneurship, highlighting the importance of integrity in sales, the power of networking and starting his own pest control company. Topics include: Introduction (0:00) The Journey of Erik Anderson: From Sale…
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In today’s episode, Eric and Jake discuss the challenges and strategies of managing a pest control company during the peak season. They cover topics such as customer expectations, triaging reservices, staffing, and the use of social media for education and brand building. Topics include: Introduction (0:00) Creating the Right Expectations From the …
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“Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future” Go listen to this episode of the Benj & Sailor Show where we discuss: How much power you’re giving to your friends 😬😬 Chapters: 00:00 Introduction02:46 The Top 5 Content You Consume 05:30 Influencers Are Your Friends 06:11 Benj’s Friends in High School 09:07 Stop Giving Power To Your Friends 09:…
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Building a strong team dynamic based on trust and support is essential for the success of your pest control company. Today Eric and Jake welcome Billy and Taylor Wright, owners of Zona Pest Solutions. Billy and Taylor highlight the importance of early hiring to drive growth for their business. By bringing on a new employee, they were able to focus …
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Every 18-25 year old needs to read these books. From needing motivation, to learning how to sell, to controlling your fears, to learning how to find personal peace with the Atonement of Christ, this podcast covers it all. Thanks again for tuning in to the Benj & Sailor Show! Chapters: 00:00 #1 Introduction01:30 #2 Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins03:3…
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In today's episode, Eric and Jake have the pleasure of interviewing Scarlett Nolan, the president of Truly Nolan of America. Scarlett discusses the significance of intentional culture in companies, emphasizing the need for proactive discussions and actions to shape a positive work environment. Scarlett also talks about the challenges and benefits o…
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Interested in Influencer Marketing? From an influencer perspective or a brands perspective?? This episode we cover: 🔥 How to land brand deals as an influencer 📈 How to use influencers in your small business 💪 How we’re planning on leveraging influencer marketing. Check out this week's episode of The Benj & Sailor Show! New drops every Wednesday 🙏🏻🙏…
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In today's episode, Eric and Jake have the pleasure of welcoming back Cameron Bawden a serial entrepreneur and the owner of Hype Farm Premium Home Services, which oversees several successful brands including Green Mango Pest Control. Cameron shares valuable insights on how he has significantly improved his company's profit margins and strengthened …
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EpIn today's special Memorial Day episode, Eric and Jake welcome Matt Thompson, owner and CEO of BugPro Pest Control. Matt shares his inspiring journey from being an Airborne Ranger in the United States Army to unexpectedly finding a fulfilling career in pest control. His military background not only instilled a strong sense of discipline and integ…
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How many of you are struggling w/ high turnover? And left wondering, what can I do? Tune in to hear our opinions on what makes an employee happy and what you can do to help them stay w/ your company. We all know, high turnover in ANY business can be extremely detrimental. So turn it on & apply what you learn from The B&S Show New episodes drop ever…
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In today's episode, Eric and Jake had the pleasure of welcoming back Colton Gonzalez and Eric Salgado with Firehouse Pest Control. These returning guests shared valuable insights into their journey from firefighting to pest control, emphasizing the importance of integrity and customer service in their business model. In addition, by establishing a …
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Storytelling is a powerful tool that can be used to build connections and trust with customers, clients, and employees. In today's episode, Eric and Jake welcome Shane Mantz, the regional operations manager at Magna Pest Solutions. Shane discusses the importance of creating a strong brand identity based on core values. In addition, by understanding…
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In today’s episode, Eric and Jake welcome Dennis Kuchta, founder and CEO of Wise House Environmental Services in South Florida. Dennis sheds light on the struggles many business owners encounter in attracting individuals with a strong work ethic and commitment to their roles. He also expresses his concerns about not wanting to sacrifice customer ca…
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Join us for an insightful episode of The Benj + Sailor Show as we sit down with our good friends and special guests, Kurt and Stetson Beus. From humble beginnings to building a successful roofing company in 1995, Kurt's journey is one of dedication and resilience. Tune in as we delve into their story, discussing the motivations behind their venture…
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In today's episode, Eric and Jake had the pleasure of speaking with the dynamic husband and wife duo, Rian and Noelle Goins, owners of Get Goins Pest Control in Los Angeles. They share their incredible journey from inheriting a small client list to building a thriving business through the power of social media and referrals. The Goins couple is not…
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In the latest episode of The Benj and Sailor Show, titled 'How to do Business with Your Spouse,' Benj and Sailor dive into the third month of their entrepreneurial journey as a married couple. After Benj left his previous job a few months ago, the couple embarked on a new adventure together, working side by side every day. They open up about the un…
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Building a pest control company should align with personal goals, not just financial gain. In today's episode, Eric and Jake welcome Casey Jones, owner of Hydra Pest Control. Casey emphasizes the importance of starting a business with the end goal in mind and focusing on creating a company that aligns with personal values and long-term goals. He sh…
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Meet Charlie and Carol Compas, an indomitable duo whose resilience shines even in the darkest of times. At 81 years young, they've weathered the storms of life with unwavering positivity and an unbreakable spirit. Despite the challenges they've encountered, they've never lost sight of what truly matters: each other and the simple joys that life has…
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From door-to-door sales to owning a pest control company, this story is one of hard work and determination! In today's episode, Eric and Jake had the pleasure of chatting with Degen Perry, owner of Black Pearl Pest Control. Degen shares his journey from considering a career in dentistry to becoming a pest control owner during the uncertain times of…
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#betheconductor Former COO, Will Anderson shares an insiders tip to what may be holding your business back from expanding. Taken from a previous episode titled, "From Military Service, To Employee, To Business Owner W/ William Anderson" This episode is perfect for upcoming, new, and experienced business owners. Thanks for listening to the Benj & Sa…
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Join us in this week's episode of The Benj and Sailor Show, where we dive deep into the secrets of creating a high-achieving culture within your business. Our special guest, Grant Salinas, brings a wealth of experience and insights to the table, sharing practical strategies and actionable tips that can transform your workplace dynamics. In this enl…
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Leadership, empathy, and inspiring team growth are essential elements in building a successful pest control company. In today's episode, Eric and Jake welcome Shad Teerlink, CEO of Evolve Pest Control. Shad shares his experience of establishing and expanding Evolve Pest Control, highlighting the necessity of ongoing evaluation and improvement in bo…
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Taken from the previous podcast, "If I Were To Start A Business In 2024, I'd Do This w/ M'kay Salinas." In this clip, Mkay explains how his Trash Bin Cleaning service opened up numerous doors for additional business opportunities and how your first business venture will change your life. Looking to expand your business? Perfect podcast for you. Tha…
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Witness the remarkable journey of a young entrepreneur who dared to dream big started childhood side hustle, and using those skills to eventual start an exterior solutions business into a multi-million dollar empire. Follow along as we delve into the captivating story of M'kay, who started his entrepreneurial journey with nothing but a simple lawn …
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In today’s episode, Eric and Jake play a fun, thought-provoking game of "Would You Rather.” They debated various scenarios, such as: Focusing on customer retention vs. acquisition, saying out of debt vs. leveraging growth debt, hiring experienced technicians vs. training newbies and so much more! Topics Include: Introduction (0:00) Would You Rather…
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Will Anderson is the epitome of a self-made entrepreneur, whose journey from humble beginnings in the military to becoming a successful business owner is nothing short of inspiring. His story begins in the military, where he served with honor and dedication, though financial rewards were meager. Undeterred by the modest income, Will exhibited a rel…
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Eric and Jake kicked off today’s episode discussing the importance of having a customer agreement, which outlines the services provided, payment details, and other legal protections. They answer a question posted in the Bug Bux Facebook group by Jordan Wheeler. The question is “I've seen more D2D companies doing 18-24 month agreements. What is your…
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Pest control owners need to carefully allocate their marketing budgets to ensure they are maximizing their return on investment and driving revenue growth. In today's episode, Eric and Jake have pleasure of hosting Mat Rogers, the COO of Lizard SEM, for his seventh appearance on the show. Mat shares invaluable insights into the world of digital mar…
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Join us on The Benj & Sailor Show as we uncover the remarkable tale of two visionaries who forged a community-driven haven in St. George: a climbing gym born from persistence and passion. Despite enduring countless trials, their unwavering dedication to fostering a community-driven space shines through. In this episode, we explore the essence of en…
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Join us on The Benj & Sailor Show as we sit down with the incredible Alex Love li to unravel his journey from 400k in debt to becoming a multi-millionaire real estate mogul with over 800 units under his belt. In this eye-opening episode, we delve into Alex's remarkable story of resilience, determination, and strategic vision as he navigated the tur…
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Join us on The Benj & Sailor Show for an intimate conversation about our journey into entrepreneurship and the driving force behind starting this podcast. In this special episode, hosts Benj & Sailor open up about Benjamin's recent decision to quit his job and the motivations behind it, as well as our joint announcement of creating a new product. D…
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AI technology in pest control has the potential to revolutionize the industry by enhancing efficiency and improving customer interactions. In today's episode, Eric and Jake welcome Aaron Cooper, the co-founder and CEO of SameDay. SameDay's Artificial Intelligence will answer the phone and book appointments, just like your best sales person. Aaron d…
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Networking and connecting with industry professionals can be a game-changer for your pest control company. This week, Eric and Jake had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin Reif, an inspiring entrepreneur who shares his journey from door-to-door sales to launching his own pest control company, Reif Environmental. Kevin also shares insights into how …
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In today’s episode, Eric and Jake welcome Jonas Olson the CEO of Turf Badger and host of the Pest Control Millionaire Podcast. Jonas shares his candid story of starting out in lawn care, transitioning to pest control, and the lessons learned along the way. He emphasized the importance of focusing on one service, mastering it, and then scaling up be…
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Hey Fit & Frugal Tribe! Ever wondered how someone turns their biggest setback into their most significant breakthrough? In today’s episode, I'm joined by Aaron Lambert, a real estate investor and entrepreneur with a story that’s nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. From facing a four-year prison sentence to emerging as a business powerhouse in La…
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In today's episode, Eric and Jake welcome Jerry Wickwire and Josh Tonn, co-owners of Freedom Force Pest Control. Before starting their own company in 2021, both co-owners gained valuable experience in the pest control industry. Hear their incredible journey, marketing tactics, and how they built a strong brand. Topics include: Introduction (0:00) B…
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Hey Fit & Frugal Tribe! Have you ever imagined the behind-the-scenes stories a stripper might have about the Secret Service? I'm so f*cking stoked I get to sit down with the one and only Lana Chairez – she's a stand-up comedian, host of the "Laughing with Lana" podcast, a former stripper, and an engineer, all rolled into one! She's not just funny; …
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Which key considerations should you keep in mind when it comes to choosing your service vehicle? This decision isn't easy and will greatly impact your operation. In today’s episode Eric and Jake Discuss their experience with different vehicles, and they share their top considerations when selecting a service vehicle. Topics include: Introduction (0…
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Hey Fit & Frugal Tribe! What does it take to build not one, not two, but 29 successful businesses? I just had one of the most mind-blowing conversations ever with Allan Draper, a serial entrepreneur from Phoenix, Arizona. His journey from a litigation attorney to owning 29 businesses ranging from home services and digital marketing to real estate i…
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