Knowing how to conduct surveillance effectively as a professional private investigator gives you another billable service and that means you stand out from all the “keyboard warriors” posing as P.I.’s but not really capable of providing the fundamental service so many clients need!
As a professional Private Investigator knowing how to do surveillance well means you have another billable service and (these days) it sets you apart form all the “keyboard warriors” out there working as P.I.’s but not really able to offer the basic service every client expects!
I know why you take bad clients as a private investigator and it’s because you need to make money so you accept cases that are more trouble than they’re worth just to pay the bills (especially when starting out in your detective agency).
The trick to being able to say no to any potential client you want to pass on is to have enough revenue coming in that you can be picky about the cases you accept!
When I Was New
My first three months after I got my Private Investigator license I was getting calls. (Wanna’ know how? Read my book How to Make Money as a Private Investigator). But the ting I was doing wrong was turning down all domestic / infidelity cases!
You see, I didn’t really want to work them, but I soon discovered, when starting out I needed to take (pretty much) every case that came my way!
Later after building up my client base, I was able to turn down all kinds of potential clients who I just didn’t want to work with.
Any client who calls and says, “It’s easy. All you have to do is…”, well, that guy’s a problem. If he thinks our job is easy then he won’t be happy with the results and balk at paying the well earned fee!
I’m just sayin’.
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As a Private Investigator, sometimes you need to unlock a computer without the password and without special software so this week I’m teaching you exactly how I do it and this is the easiest way I’ve found!
I use a bootable USB (easy to make) loaded with a Linux based operating system. I prefer Ubuntu.
The number one client to avoid as a private investigator is the creepy client and a huge red flag that a potential client is bad news is a man who ask you to follow a woman home after she gets off work!
This is because he’s usually trying to find her home address after all his other attempts have failed.
She may actually be avoiding or even hiding from him! This could be a weirdo stalker or an ex-boyfriend creep.
Surveillance is a great tool, but on a skip trace, surveillance should probably be the last resort.