Comprehensive report: Investigator’s friend or foe?

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One of the most popular resources in an investigator’s toolbox is the comprehensive report. Vendors like TLO, Tracers, LexisNexis, and others compile records on your subject from their database into one report. One search, and you have it all. It’s a busy investigator’s dream. Or is it? Unlike many other investigators, I don’t use comprehensive […]

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Online court searching – What I’ve learned

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When I first started in business, my research focused on market trends, the competitive landscape, and buyer preferences. I had little need for public records searching, especially online court documents, and chose to refer that kind of work to the experts. Fast forward several years and, after transitioning from market intelligence to background investigations and […]

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After the search – What’s next?

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As a professional investigator, I specialize in research, so most people assume I spend my days asking questions and running online searches. They picture me completing the search and sending results to my clients. Found it. Now I’m done. Move on to the next search. But, as you’ve heard me say, there’s more to research […]

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Best marketing advice I’ve ever received

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Since starting my business, I’ve had the honor of mentoring with some of the top people in the business, including Amelia Kassel, Mary Ellen Bates, and Kim Dority. They all gave me the same advice: Speak to many, instead of just one. As solopreneurs, they said, we don’t have time to meet each prospective client […]

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Top post: Six myths about asset investigations

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The following was originally posted in May 2019. Every one of these still holds true. When I talk with clients about conducting an asset search, whether it’s for due diligence purposes, litigation, or identifying fraud, I frequently come across several misconceptions about how these types of investigations work. Over time, I’ve noticed that these myths […]

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Top post: Why I’m a mentor

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Updated and republished from last year, because it’s such a timely topic. There’s not much I’d add, except this: Even if you’re not ready for a formal mentoring situation, think about one thing you can do this month to help someone who is just starting out. January is National #MentoringMonth¬†here in the U.S., and, as […]

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