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How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business

This book will teach you everything you need to know about the profession, starting with the basics of what you can expect and which preconceptions are just Hollywood fantasy.

By Michael Cavallaro,

ISBN: 9781601383310

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This book was written for anyone who has considered working in the field of private investigation and decided that it would be ideal for them.  How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Private Investigation Business will teach you everything you need to know about the profession, starting with the basics of what you can expect and which preconceptions are just Hollywood fantasy.  You will discern the key differences between a private investigator and a police officer and why those who want to be the latter should consider all of their options before getting into private work.  You will learn how to choose a niche of investigation and how to think critically.  You will pick up tips on how to investigate a case and perform all of your necessary functions legally.

Understand how to hire and keep a qualified professional staff, meet IRS requirements, manage and train employees, generate high-profile public relations and publicity, and implement low cost internal marketing ideas.  You will learn how to build your business by using low and no cost ways to satisfy customers, as well as methods to increase sales and have customers refer others to you.  This book imparts tousands of insider tips and useful guidelines, including case studies of real worl successful private investigation businesses.

Discover how to hire contractors and attract clients. Determine which licenses, liability insurance, contracts, and forms you will need, such as privacy agreements.  You will find out what tools you need, including the right camera and lenses.  Employ modern computer equipment to accent your investigatons and use the internet to search through public records, private databases, and courthouse records to speed up the process.  Learn  how to perform background investigatons, interviews, and surveillance and the basics of each type of investigation.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1:  DETERMING YOUR PROSPECTS IN THE PRIVATE INVESTIGATION PROFESSION

Private Investigation:  A Brief History

Private Investigation Today

Assessing Your Skills & Background

Learning About the Industry

Before You Open Your Business

Essential Factors to Success

National Research

Market Area Research

Starting from Scratch versus Buying a Franchise

CHAPTER 2:  WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

Developing Your Skills for Internship

Intern Progress Reports

Niches for Investigators without a License

Additional Training & Niches for Licensed Investigators

CHAPTER 3:  WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO OPEN YOUR BUSINESS

Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Becoming a Small Business

Financial Avenues to Take

Lending Institutions

Joint Ventures

Federal Government

Writing a Loan Proposal

Professional Advisers

Trademarks

Fictitious Name Registration

Obtain an Employer Identification Number

Open a Bank Account

Secure an Accountant or Purchase Accounting Software

Get a Post Office Box

Permits and Licenses

Setting Up Your Office

Tools for Operating  Your Business

Computers and Software

Setting Up Ledgers

CHAPTER 4:  FINDING CLIENTS & GETTING PAID

Web Site Design Fundamentals

Designing Your Logo

Domain Names

Search Engine Optimization - Explained

Marketing Your Business

Creating an Effective Brand

Using Social Media and Networking

Getting Paid

Secrets of Job Estimating

Price Strategy and Preparing Bids

Negotiating Contracts

CHAPTER 5:  HOW TO INVESTIGATE DIFFERENT CASES

Investigating Infidelity & Divorce Cases

Conducting Background Checks

Investigating Personal Injury Cases

Investigating Malpractice Suits

Investigating Workers' Compensation & Insurance

Fraud Cases

Investigating Theft Cases

Bounty Hunting

Investigating Collection & Repossession Cases

Investigating a Missing Persons Case

Skip Tracing & Public Record Searches

Pretexting for Information

How to Spot a Bug or Wiretap

CHAPTER 6:  WORKING A CASE

Tailing the Subject

Counter-surveillance

Creating the Surveillance Log

CHAPTER 7:  MAINTAINING YOUR BUSINESS, AVOIDING PITFALLS, AND REAPING BENEFITS

The Forms You Need

Taxes

Controlling Costs

Hiring Employees

Application of Federal Law to Employers

Creating an Ethical Encironment

Deductions

Compensating Yourself

How Sudden Success Can Put You Out of Business

Understanding Bankruptcy Laws

CHAPTER 8:  WORKING WITH LAW FIRMS & ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Chain of Custody

Working with the Police

Subpoena and Courtroom Testimony

taking Depositions for Attorneys

The Work Product Rule

CHAPTER 9:  ETHICAL & LEGAL ISSUES

Peeping Tom Law

Drivers Protection Privacy Act

Gramm-Leach Bliley Act

Knowing Your State and Local Laws

Liability

Types of Insurance

Ghostwriting

CHAPTER 10:  LONG-TERM FINANCIAL GOALS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Expanding Inernationally

The Exit Plan

Leaving Your Business to a Family Member

Selling to Your Employees

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX A:  CHECKLISTS AND FORMS

Retainer Agreement

Itemization Checklist for Surveillance Operations

Surveillance Log

Sample Income Ledger for January 2010

Sample Expenditure Ledger for January 2010

APPENDIX B:  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

APPENDIX C:  GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Published:  2011

Paper

Pages:  335 and CD ROM

 

 

 

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