Recently Thomas MacEntee released his newest business endeavor, GenBiz Solutions. As part of the exciting announcement they provided The In-Depth Genealogist with review copies of several guides. Over the next few weeks you'll see my reviews of each. The first I will be covering is "Starting a Genealogy Business" by Thomas MacEntee. It is available for sale for just $4.95 on his website.
GenBiz Solutions™ is an innovative series of guides for genealogists seeking to establish or enhance a successful genealogy-related business. GenBiz Solutions™ is a partnership of genealogy professionals, coordinated and led by Thomas MacEntee.
This particular guide covers many important aspects that one needs to consider before jumping into starting a genealogy business. He has a very realistic and thought-provoking approach in the guide that will help anyone considering starting a business. Thomas talks about the importance of defining your goals and what you want your business to become. Goal setting and planning are important aspects that he has tools provided to keep you on track as bonus features to the guide.
As with any business there are important topics that must be considered: legal issues, finances, and taxes. These topics are discussed and resources for further guidance are detailed within the guide. One aspect of the guide that I really appreciated was the lengthy list of potential genealogy products that could strengthen your business. Many were items I was aware of, but wasn't sure how they could fit into my business goals.
The importance of networking with others and educating yourself was emphasized throughout the guide. I love that he encourages that you reach out to other professionals for a mentor or just general advice. An excellent part of the guide is the advice to take care of yourself. Running a business for yourself can be a challenging and draining. Though it is rewarding at times it is important to keep yourself well-rounded so that you don't get burnt out. Having a healthy self is your greatest asset for your business.
The final page of the guide is full of many excellent resource links that will get you started on the right track. When I started my own business several years ago I used many of the websites Thomas recommends. If you are considering a leap into starting a business this will help you decide if this is truly something that you want to do. It is a good starting point to get your mind focused on what you want your business to be and how you will get there. Not to mention the many resources provided will give you a lot of additional information to consider. Starting a business doesn't have to be a scary thing, but you definitely need to face it with an open heart and be willing to learn along the way.
Look for further reviews in the weeks to come as I share my thoughts on the other guides written by Thomas and his team of fellow genealogy professionals.