Starting a Paranormal Investigation Team – Part 2
In part 1 of Starting a Paranormal Investigation Team, we talked about the commitment it would take by you to start of team as well as interviewing for your perspective members. As promised for this article we will delve into what to do once your team has started.
Now that you have a few people on your team the next step, logically is to meet. I would consider a public library, restaurant or something for the first few meetings until everyone is comfortable with each other. It is during the first few meetings that you can figure out what team member will be working in what area.
We suggested that you ask yourself what you are willing to do for the paranormal investigation team, now it is time for you to ask your new team members that question. Time to start laying the ground work for how your paranormal team will operate, find out what equipment you have, who will be in charge of it, investigating procedures, how many times you will meet, etc. The more fundamental procedures you can get through now, the easier it will be in the field.
One of the easiest ways to promote your new paranormal investigation team is to create a website! There are plenty hosting companies out there that will more than fit the bill. GoDaddy offers free websites (if you don’t mind their advertising). There are a few affordable web hosting companies that have built in web design software. You can point and click your way to a site with no experience at all. One of the more user friendly web hosting sites is Square Space you can create an account and begin designing your website in no time.
Your website information should include who you are, your group’s mission and how you can be reached.
Let’s not forget the greatest promotion of all…word of mouth. Tell your friends, family, co-workers and everyone else what you are doing. You may be surprised who may open up and let you do an investigation.
You should set and maintain high standards for your team. Be respectful to the living and the dead, to each other and the community. There’s nothing wrong with showing some personality or expressing views on or offline but remember to stay professional.
There is nothing wrong with keeping it simple. You don’t have to buy flashy uniforms and expensive apparel displaying your logo. Try making some simple business cards you can print at home. Outline your team name, email address, website and what your group does.
A Paranormal Investigation
Before performing investigations create a specific form or series of questions to ask the clients. Ask that they give their perspective on why they believe their house is haunted and what experiences they have had. Be sure to document the time of day, the room it took place in and any other information useful to the group. It’s good to question each member of the house to see if their stories corroborate or sound rehearsed.
Don’t be afraid to say no to an investigation. If something doesn’t feel right, or perhaps you have some strong doubts about the client’s honesty and motive for contacting you.
It’s wise to create a contract to protect both your client and you from any misunderstandings and potential litigation’s. You can create contracts for confidentiality, access to property, property damage during investigations and also a contract absolving your group of being held accountable if an entity becomes more aggressive after you leave.
If you are wondering how to make money by ghost hunting then stop. Go create the next ghost hunting gadget to bring in the dough. Charging people who are having problems with entities is frowned upon in this industry. You can however accept donations. PayPal is a secure way for people to donate and you can place a “donate here” widget on your website.
Create a budget for your group and stick to it Have a group meeting about the costs of the equipment travel, lodgings, and food during investigations. And agree to who and how each member will contribute to the group’s monetary needs.
This article was written in part by Anna Gass, Founder & Lead Investigator for The S.I.T.E. Group. In no way could it have been done without her insight and knowledge.