If you’re new to the Private Investigator Advice Blog you will find that I write one article a month recapping some of the interesting things that happened during the previous month. It gives readers a chance to catch up on something they might have missed.
Private Investigator Business
This month was a learning experience for me in the way of taxes. In the previous year of taxes I apparently hadn’t made enough to report my self-employed earnings. I had been advised when doing my 2011 taxes I may need to pay some taxes during the year so that I didn’t have to pay a significant amount at the end of the year.
2012 came and went in the blink of an eye. I made a decent amount of money in 2012 (not enough to make me rich though) but I hadn’t paid any taxes during the year so I was a bit nervous. To help off-set the damage I was banking on the fact that I had part time earnings from an employer in which taxes had been deducted and I was also counting on a ton of write offs ( I will be writing more about what I wrote of this month so keep an eye out for that). After it was all said and done my wife and I were relieved to find out we were receiving a refund rather than having to pay. Regardless of what happens with taxes I think it is safe to say that no one wants to find out they owe the government more money.
As for my case load I can say that I have been working in spurts but paying the bills. I truthfully pray every night about my finances and business. I have been very blessed in this industry as I have made a living for nearly 10 years doing this type of work.
Private Investigator Blog
The great thing about the private investigator advice blog are the readers. The readers reach out to me and ask questions or provide topics for me to discuss each month. What is even better than that is when I can see new private investigators in the beginning of their career start to flourish.
This month I wrote articles on the following topics
- #57: Cameras for Private Investigators – What Camera has a Better Zoom?
- #58: Investigation Stories – The Lessons I Learned with a bit of Luck (part one of many)
- #59: Social Proof and Influence for a Private Investigation Business
- #60: Disposable Phone Number Needed? Try the Hushed App.
I enjoy sharing tips on things that those interested in the field of investigations might not normally receive. Yes, even the good ones that aren’t commonly discussed.
Private Investigator Advice Videos
I love making videos that entertain or teach something to viewers. Making videos however is incredibly time consuming so I have taken a bit of a break. I posted two videos of me recording the Private Investigator Podcast because some people would rather watch a podcast rather than listen or read a blog. It’s just another way to share content and advice to those who like to consume it differently.
I have plenty of videos I would like to make but I am going to have to wait for work to slow down a bit before I can make one.
If you have any questions about something that I could possibly make a video out of (like a video explanation of something), don’t hesitate to ask if I could make one.
Private Investigator Advice Podcast
Three Podcast episodes were produced in March and I received great feedback from the episodes. If you haven’t heard already, the P.I. Advice Podcast is now a part of Spitball.TV which is basically a small podcast network this is bringing together a diverse group of podcasters. I believe my listeners will find the other podcast in the Spitball.TV community to be of interest so I was happy to be a part of it. It doesn’t hurt that I am a part of the American Dad Podcast which is also a part of the podcast network.
If you would, please make sure to give the podcast a 5 star rating if you think it deserves it. Ratings help the podcast to be easily found in the sea of podcasts that are available.
What’s coming up in April?
I don’t know what I will be writing or discussing in April just yet other than “tax write offs for private investigators”. My goal for 2013 is to his the 100 blog mark by the end of the year. That means about 40 more posts by the end of the year. I don’t know if I will hit that mark by that is my goal.
What I Need From You
If you have had a recent break through, got hired by a private investigation agency, have started your own business or anything else private investigator related I would love to hear from you.
Maybe you got your first client. Maybe you shot an hour of surveillance footage for the first time. Maybe you found your first client. How did it happen and what barriers did you overcome? Let me know.
Thanks for reading!