Updated: November 8, 2016
I originally published this post over a year ago and thought it was time to polish it off and republish it with some fresh content.
When I was fishing for ways to make money from home, one of the hits I got was about working from home as a courthouse researcher.
I had trouble buying into the idea at first but then I started reading about the opportunity and well, let’s just say I had a change of heart. I started digging into courthouse research and this is what I learned.
There are companies and law firms who need court researchers to do perform jobs like search through public records for certain information – which I’ll explain in a bit.
Not only did I find a places to find courthouse research work but I also learned you can also be an independent researcher and be your own boss. So moms, if you have kiddos in school full time and you’re free during the day, this can be a great side hustle for you!
So what does a courthouse researcher do?
If you work for a law firm there is bound to be an endless amount of research to be done in order for an attorney to win a case and the last thing an lawyer wants to do is get their hands in there and do research – so they hire a courthouse researcher to do the work for them.
Or you may work for a company who does background checks for other companies. You may be asked to search public records through documents like tax liens, property deeds, or other documents to conduct background checks for employment verification.
When it comes to the skills and characteristics you’ll need….
Law firms and companies are looking for a someone who has excellent communication skills, who is organized, and good at problem-solving and they want someone who can work on their own without having a supervisor around.
This is very important…you should know your way around your city and surrounding areas and be familiar with the locations of local courthouses and other public places like your local vital statistics office.
As far as education is concerned, some employers are okay with a high school diploma but others might prefer an Associate’s degree.
Courthouse Researcher Opportunities
The companies listed below hire courthouse researchers – some as employees and others may prefer to work with an independent researcher.
Another way to find work as a freelance courthouse researcher is by registering on the NARAs (National Archives and Records Administration) Researchers For Hire directory as an independent researcher. Click here for more details and application form.
Just like with any other work-from-home opportunity, please be sure to read the requirements carefully to be certain this is the type of work for you. Also, keep in mind you may be driving to courthouses or other places in your city and surrounding areas so make sure you know exactly how far and how often before accepting a position with a company or law firm.
Tools You’ll Need
In order to be a productive researcher, there are some tools you’ll need.
If you’re doing work from a desktop, you should have high speed internet and software like Microsoft Office and antivirus protection installed. You should also have a device that will allow you to work while on the go like a laptop or a smartphone.
Read Home-Office Tips: Tools and Software Must-Haves to make sure you’re work area has everything you need to work efficiently.
If you don’t have much research experience other than researching the web, you should take time to become familiar with common research databases since they will be the main tools you’ll work with.
You can also checkout the Association of Independent Information Professionals website for more researcher resources.
And if you decide to be an independent researcher, you should have a Paypal account set up as a option to receive payment from your clients.
Speaking of getting paid…
How a courthouse researcher gets paid.
I’m sure you’re wondering how a courthouse researcher gets paid. If you decide to work for a company your pay rate will depend on whether your employer will pay you by the hour, by project or by document.
As a freelancer you get to negotiate how you want to get paid for your services and include mileage and other travel expenses.
Over To You
I hope this information about courthouse researchers was helpful. If you know anyone who may be a fit for this type of work, please share this post with them.
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