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How To Become a High Paid Online Information Broker

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 as well.

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 of you.

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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