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How To Become a High Paid Online Information
This is the "Information Age" and there more publications
and media markets available than ever before. We now have
access to more magazines, newspapers, books, articles, online
databases, and other information sources than ever. Facts,
figures, statistics, anything and everything is available
today and all by computer.
We need information. Many people are constantly searching
for information, whether it for business or pleasure. The
problem is that information is not the easiest thing to find.
At least not really specific types of information. But where
is someone to turn when trying to hunt down hard-to-find information?
Enter the "Information Broker."
An Information Broker is someone who has access to many databases
of information and is very familiar with how to search for
data. This broker markets his service, and then gets paid
a nice hourly rate when he finds the sought after information
for his clients.
It is not hard to become an information broker. Look around
while your online with the Internet or one of the major online
services. Notice the resources they have available. Did you
know there are already some 7,000 newsgroups on the Internet!?
You can use these resources to find information that people
are looking for, and they will pay you nicely to do so!
Get to know the service that you use. Find out what resources
it has to offer. Learn a specific area of information. Learn
an area that you feel comfortable with. Your best bet is to
learn an information area that has a lot of available data
to give you a broad range to search.
For example, Compuserve has phone databases online. The are
thousands of people that would pay you money to track down
an old friend, relative, or business debt skipper. You can
use these phone directories to do searches for only about
$10/hour. They also have business listing phone databases
You could also concentrate on a specific subject such as
business. You could familiarize yourself with most of the
newsgroups on Internet by doing searches for business topics
in a Newsgroups Search. Then when someone hires you to find
them more information about a certain type of business you
would have a good chance of finding on the Internet.
Your keys to success are MARKETING, COMMUNICATION, AND ORGANIZATION.
You need to market you brokering business. You need to find
your target market based on your subject. Then concentrate
on reaching those targeted prospects. Place ads online in
groups that they might read or other interests they have.
Place ads explaining your service. Tell them that you will
help someone find extensive research on what they are looking
for (based upon your area of information expertise.)
When your client calls you will need to know how to communicate
in a professional manner. No one wants to talk with, or pay
money to, someone who doesn't sound professional. Always make
sure you CLEARLY understand your client's needs and expectations
When you gather all of your information on the project you
were researching, you need to put it all together in a presentable
manner. Structure your data into a chronological, or other
easy to follow, way that the client will have an easy time
reading it with. Your researched data will do a client little
good if he/she can't understand it.
When charging someone a fee you should usually charge between
$20 - $40 an hour based upon two things. What your labor is
worth to you, and considering the costs it took to obtain
the information (some databases charge in excess of $200/hour).
Make good use of a "capture text" feature in your
terminal communications software. You can never have too much
information saved on your system. When you are cruising around
looking for usable data, collect as much as you can. Even
if you don't intend to use it all, you can always eliminate
the extra information later.
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