[APG Public List] Genalogy business plan

Harold Henderson librarytraveler at gmail.com
Sat Jun 11 05:42:55 MDT 2011

Debbi --

(1) and (2). What Michael said.

(3) Not right away. At best it takes time. Check out the relevant chapters
in the book Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Earning money in genealogy generally requires having more than one income
stream -- client research, writing, publishing, lecturing, teaching, for
instance. Many professionals have additional means of support. I don't know
of any count, but at APG's most recent roundtable on looking for clients,
only one of the four panelists was a full-time genealogist with no spouse to
help out with health insurance.


On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM, Debbi Lyon <dlyontamer at verizon.net> wrote:

> Hello,
> I need help writing a business plan for my genealogy business. I would
> appreciate some insight either publicly or via e-mail.
> 1) How are professional genealogists able to recoup travel and hotel fees
> when the are not paid for a speaking gig at the convention?
> 2) How do the pros get reimbursed for the time involved in writing an
> article that is published in a scholarly genealogy publication?
> 3) Is there room for one more genealogist to make a decent living (and pay
> for medical benefits) or is the field already too crowded?
> I have worked as a freelance writer/photographer in the music industry and
> I wonder if genealogy vendors comp trips, tickets, supplies and
> subscriptions like the record labels do.
> Thank you,
> Debbi

Harold Henderson
Research and Writing from NW Indiana
Professional genealogy in and around Chicago -- Rockford to Fort Wayne,
Muskegon to Indianapolis
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