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  • The Secret to a Successful Private Investigation Business

    by Brian Willingham

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    I have a confession. I don’t really have “the secret.” In fact, if I did have a secret, it wouldn’t be much of a secret now that you are reading this.

    The problem is that your definition of a successful private investigation business and mine are totally different.

    Success is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit. Most people think of a successful person as someone who drives around in a Mercedes, has a home in the Caribbean, or has millions in the bank and sits around doing nothing.

    My definition of success is different. Success to me is living a long, healthy life and enjoying it with the people I love; being the best husband I can be; and raising my children to be good kids.

    The best compliments I get are when someone tells me that I have great children. That’s my success.

    It has nothing to do with what’s in my wallet, how big my house is or how many times I’ve appeared on television.

    I’ve seen owners of private investigation firms generate millions of dollars in revenue, open offices around the globe, travel the world and become television stars.

    By any stretch of the imagination, they are successful. But doing all of that would take a toll on my definition of success.

    You see, I’ve chosen to keep my business small, I choose the people I want to work with, and I’ve chosen to refer out to other investigators cases that are out of my wheelhouse or better suited for someone else.

    That’s my choice. Doing this allows me to fulfill my definition of success.

    If I did have a secret (and I am not sure it’s much of a secret), it is to do what you love to do, become an expert at what you do and do the work to the best of your ability. The financial success will come later.

    I don’t have millions in revenue, I don’t have offices around the world and I have never been on television.

    Although I still have some work to do, by my own definition, I have been successful. But my success is not defined by how much money I make.

    Is yours?

    { 7 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jese Sorovi November 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I am thinking of creating my Private Investigation Business including a website to suit the purpose. I’m 49 years old living in Suva Fiji and wish to start at a low category before I unfold the greater areas of being a Private Investigator.


    Brian Willingham November 26, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Best of luck to you Jesse!


    Jorge Aguiar July 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    You hit the nail on the head. Although a yacht would be nice.


    sammy July 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Contains wise information. Thanks


    Ian Harm July 4, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Love it Brian, I echo your sentiments.


    Brian Willingham July 4, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Thanks Ian!


    ccpi2012web June 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    That is an awesome definition of success.


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