A genealogy business is not for everyone, especially if you’re hoping for a lucrative income stream. “Only a very tiny percentage of us actually support ourselves full time on genealogy,” said Barbara J. Ball, CG (Certified Genealogist) of Copestone Resources LLC Situs judi online.
But it is a relatively simple business to start. You don’t need official certification to call yourself a genealogist. It helps, though, if you already have some of the attributes needed to be successful in the field.
In an article for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly entitled “Transferable Skills: You’re Quitting Your Job to Do What?!”, author and professional genealogist Pam Anderson identified these five skills as key attributes that successful genealogists and business owners have:
If this describes you, you’re off to a good start.
Depending on your level of experience, you may want to gather additional expertise before you start. The National Genealogical Society offers American Genealogy Studies as an online course developed by certified genealogists. The course is self-paced.
Boston University offers a Professional Education Certificate in Genealogical Research online. These classes are only available at specific times.
Genealogists we spoke to also recommended the ProGen Study Program, which is based on the textbook Professional Genealogy. This program covers both the practice of genealogy and the practical aspects of running a genealogy business.
A good next step is defining your business.
Craft your mission statement
Define what you will do for people in a few interesting words. This can be the guiding star of your business. It will help you stay focused on the problem you want to solve without defining how you’ll solve it.
Here are some examples for a genealogy business:
I help people of Panamanian descent find out more about their ancestors.
I rediscover the past for people who want to understand their history.
I solve historical mysteries for people who hit genealogical dead ends.