About a year ago , I started researching my family’s history. I thought it would be a productive way to spend some leisure hours, and would be a real treat for my parents and grandparents, not to mention providing something for us to talk about. Surprisingly, I found huge satisfaction in the work. It was like hunting for treasure , and I was very good at it. On my grandma’s side, I was able to trace us back son to father all the way to William the Conqueror — I’m directly descended! I got to talking to my friends about my experience, and they asked if I could peradventure start a little research for them. I did, and not just a little. I’ve traced their families back to the 1600s in places . Not only that, but both my friends and their parents started getting very excited about the research, and it has served as a reconnection point for them just as it did for mine.

Considering how well things have gone, I’ve decided to start a genealogy business. My friend David’s really the one that pushed me to do it. His boost has got me to thinking that this may actually work, and I’m very excited. So how to kickoff? Providentially, my other friend’s business offers custom search engine optimization services. They do a lot of work with ecommerce companies, with packes (explained here) tailored specifically to their needs. Once I get my site up and running, he plans to help me out. What he tells me is that right now I need to be getting my name out there, even before I start selling my services. So I’ll be starting a blog and actively using social networking sites. My friend’s also going to work with me on some simple viral video marketing (though nothing like the extensive services they often provide). Then we’ll see what happens. I’m excited about the possibility of having my own business to foster and build.

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