My take on the fourth in a week-long series of posts at GeneaBloggers entitled Genea-Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money).
How Do You Make Money in Genealogy? – most readers here at GeneaBloggers and at my other sites know that I am a pretty open and transparent guy when it comes to disclosing my material relationships with other genealogy vendors and organizations. Well, I am willing to spell out what I currently do in the genealogy field to try and make a buck. I’m not going to give exact dollar figures (because you will be greatly disappointed, believe me), but I will be upfront about some current projects. I’m hoping my colleagues might consider doing the same.
I have recently begun accepting clients. I do not advertise currently and tend to be found through APG. After speaking with a person at the the NERGC conference from BCG I am rather determined to take more clients, as I have time. I am also looking into just assisting people in Western and Central New York for some practice (namely friends and family). My 3-5 year goal is to make enough money doing research to pay off my and my husbands student loans prior to our retirement…
I have a couple affiliate links, that I have not made any money on yet. Maybe someday:-) The main goal for these is to pay for hosting fees.
I would love to start lecturing at genealogy societies and conferences, which would help to pay all of the conferences I [want to] attend.
The one thing I am now making money with is as a contracting archivist. This combines my degree and my genealogical studies (I assist patrons searching for their family as one job task). This is providing me with a lot of experience and opportunities. I look forward to continuing with this far into the future.