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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 8

Posted on August 30, 2016 in Professional Genealogist

The final post in this series ends with a brief discussion of some unexpected purchases triggered by the business decisions I made in this start up. The purchases were mostly technical and equipment. First financial. I had been using Quicken Deluxe for many, many years to maintain our family finances and using Turbo Tax to do our family income tax. […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 7

Posted on August 24, 2016 in Professional Genealogist

To wrap up marketing, I need to discuss trade shows. I discovered our local trade shows as a member of the South Carroll Business Association (SCBA). The SCBA Expo was held annually in the Spring. I found the pricing reasonable and members got an early bird discount. I decided to try it out to see if it was an effective […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 6

Posted on August 16, 2016 in Professional Genealogist

Part 6 of my journey to become a professional genealogist expands my marketing efforts into lecturing and volunteering. While I had to create and give presentations in my prior career, lecturing on genealogy to the general public and organizations was a very different matter. Generally, the presentations that I had previous done were mostly status reports on various projects I […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 5

Posted on August 2, 2016 in Professional Genealogist

Now for the big topic—MARKETING. When it came to marketing, I was completely ignorant. I was an IT Specialist in my prior profession and had taken some college courses in business, finance and accounting but not, heaven forbid, marketing or sales. I truly dreaded this part of the job. In fact, I think it was this component of being self-employed […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 4

Posted on July 16, 2016 in Professional Genealogist

I completed most of my education, was now incorporated and, getting ready to launch my new business. It was now time to proceed to the next step – business planning. Two of the small business classes I took, “Create Your Strategic Business Plan” & “Creating & Updating a Marketing Plan”, provided me with some initial knowledge of business planning. One of […]

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Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 3

Posted on June 23, 2016 in Professional Genealogist

I pursued my education plan as described in Becoming a Professional Genealogist: My Journey – Part 2, moving closer to my retirement. It was now time to proceed to the next step in launching my small business–I needed to build a support team. But first and foremost, I needed a name for my company. I wanted a name that people […]

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