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 researching ways to make money from home, one of the hits I got was about working as a courthouse researcher.
I had trouble buying into the idea at first but then I started reading about the opportunity. 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. I’ll explain more about that later in this post.
Not only did I find a places to find courthouse research work but I also learned how you can be your own boss! So mamas, if you have kiddos in school full time and you’re free during the day, this can be a great side hustle or a legit home-based business.
So what does a courthouse researcher do?
Simply put, a researcher searches through public documents or other online resources for information.
For example, you might do research for a law firm searching for things like ticket information for a client fighting a citation.
Or you may work for a company and do background checks for their new hires. You may be asked to search public records and pull certain information to complete the employment verification process.
When it comes to the skills and characteristics you’ll need….
For companies or law firms who work with independent courthouse researchers they’re looking for certain skills and characteristic. For instance, they are looking for a someone who has excellent communication skills. They want someone who is organized and good at problem-solving. They also 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. You should be familiar with the locations of your local courthouse and other public places like the vital statistics office.
Regarding the level of education, some companies 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.
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. Your PC should also have an antivirus protection installed. And you should have a device that will allow you to work while on the go like a laptop or 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. You can be compensated for 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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