Keys to the Past: Starting a Genealogy Business

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Starting a Genealogy Business Business Overview:

Starting a genealogy business is a wonderful way to help generations of history buffs find the answers they’ve been searching for. Genealogy is the practice of researching families and lineage. This type of research is especially popular in the United States because many families are from other countries and immigrated to the US several generations ago. If you’re not familiar with internet research and don’t know how to start a genealogy business, there are plenty of resources online. First you’ll need to decide what types of services your business will offer. People will pay your business to help them track down their ancestry. A business plan will help you sort out what services you will offer and what you will charge for these services. You can offer customers limited assistance by connecting the dots, so to speak, when they have run into a roadblock. For a higher fee, you can do the entire family genealogy for your customers. Once your services and fees have been decided, you’ll need to create a website for your business. With today’s technology, all the family history you’ll need is available on the internet which makes this one of the most popular online business ideas to get into today. Consider internet marketing and search engine optimization strategies to get the word out about your new business. You should also visit genealogy websites and blogs. Offer little bits of advice to genealogy hobbyists and advertise your site at the same time. Since this type of business idea can be run from home, you can choose to work as much or as little as you like. However, in order to make a good profit, you need to dedicate a few hours each day to the research and marketing of your business. You may find that with excellent research skills and customer service, you can turn this part-time business into a full-time business and you may even need to hire research assistants to keep up with the demand.

A Day in the Life of a Genealogy Business Owner:

This article brought to you by Business Ideas! If you enjoyed this article, make sure to subscribe to the Business Ideas Newsletter to get ideas sent straight to your email inbox.As the owner of this home-based business, you can set your own hours but you will need to spend a few hours each day working on your research. You will also check your email for requests from new customers. You will likely need to contact your clients as you proceed through your research to make sure you’re still on the right path. You’ll need to spend some time marketing your business by searching through genealogy websites and blogs for opportunities to give bits of advice and advertise your business. You will also look into placing ads on various websites.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be individuals and families looking for details on their ancestry and wanting to fill in the blanks in their family lineage.

What You Need to Start:

  • Internet research skills (or a staff of researchers)
  • Website
  • List of services and prices
  • Finance software

The Good:

  • Genealogy is very popular.
  • Start-up investment is minimal.
  • You can charge top dollar for excellent research.
  • You can easily run this business in your spare time and from home.
  • This business is scalable; you can hire more researchers as you need to.

The Bad:

  • It takes great perseverance to track down every lead when doing genealogical research.
  • You will need to be patient while you build up your client base.


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