Starting a Paranormal Investigation Team – Part 2

May 28th, 2009 - Category: Ghost Hunting Tips

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 will to do for the 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.

Team Promotion

One of the easiest ways to promote your new paranormal instigation 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.

Team Image

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.

Money……

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.

9 Responses to “Starting a Paranormal Investigation Team – Part 2”


  1. Nathan
    on May 28th, 2009
    @ 9:28 am

    The truth is, you can make huge money on paranormal, problem is that people have problems with understanding the difference between “I’m doing this AND I got money because of this” and “I’m doing this because I got money from this” – understand the difference, and you will be able to make a living without charging people for investigation. All you need is a brain within your skull ;)


  2. Ghost Writer
    on May 28th, 2009
    @ 9:59 am

    I think your absolutely correct and there are ways to make money off paranormal but as you said not in investigations.

    To many people willing to take advantage and scam people out of their money. We all are familiar with the phrase one bad apple ruins the whole bunch. This unfortunately falls into this category.

    Be nice to live in a world that all the good people don’t have to sacrifice for all the bad people. Why can’t it be the other way around.


  3. Nathan
    on May 29th, 2009
    @ 2:19 am

    We all are familiar with the phrase (…)

    Ooh, so this is how it sounds in English ;). Sorry, I’m Pole. Anyway, that’s why I strongly believe in these rules:
    1. First, make sure you have your own budget for investigations.
    2. Then, make sure you’re building a good-looking portfolio, so people know you’re not only serious, but also respectful.
    3. Then, start turning your business ideas into reality, without forgeting about first 2 rules.


  4. Martin J. Clemens
    on Jun 1st, 2009
    @ 9:48 am

    Great article, you’re right on all counts; especially the idea of not charging for services. Ghost hunting should be an intellectual pursuit of truth and nothing more. Paying the bills is necessary, but there are better ways of doing so.

    The best part of viewing paranormal investigation as an intellectual pursuit, is that others will follow suit, and eventually you will gain a reputation for being a well studied professional, which will bring them flocking to your website…and that’s where the money is to be made!

    Well done…you are bookmarked!


  5. Candie
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 7:07 pm

    Thank you for having this posted. It was very informative and helpful. I too agree that accepting donations is the better option. I would also like to say to Martin J. Clemens, that viewing this as an “intellectual pursuit”, is exactly how it should be viewed. So glad I stopped by for the “lessons”.


  6. Hannah T.
    on Nov 25th, 2009
    @ 11:36 am

    I would do the donations thing. But honestly. From my prespective? This is what someone would say to the money towards P.I.’s thing.
    “I’m already dealing with these spirits haunting me, (which is a big stress cause alone) and now I have to pay them to get these things out of here? I could just do this myself!”
    I get the point.


  7. Thomas J.
    on Apr 29th, 2011
    @ 12:46 am

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree. Using Hannah T’s example, a patient could just as easily say, “I’m already dealing with this disease (which is a big stress cause alone) and now I have to pay the doctor to cure me? I could just cure myself!” No, the patient most likely could not cure the disease, just like an individual could most like not get rid of spirits on their own.

    Ask yourself this: in what other business are you expected to make a substantial investment on equipment, give your time and use your expertise…and get nothing in return? We have to start to get away from the thinking that is still left over from when universities had parapsychology departments where students would go to homes and investigate at the homeowners request. We are not universities. We have purchased our own equipment with our own money. We are not in school doing this as part of our curriculum. Those days are long over, yet we still feel that we are conducting ‘scientific research’. Get off your high horses everyone; we are not scientists, and we are not conducting research in controlled enviroments. Running around with an EMF meter saying, “Ooooh, I got a spike!” like some of these idiots on tv is not conducting scientific research. We hunt and (hopefully) get rid of the problem for people. We are performing a service, not much different than a pest control company.

    That does not mean that we should not have empathy and care about the client’s situation. Doctors care. Clergy cares. Social Workers care. People in countless other professions ‘care’. But, they get paid, don’t they? Charging a fee does not mean that you are dishonest. It means that you believe your time, investment and expertise has worth. So the question is this: if we are showing the public that we do not believe our field has worth, why should we expect them to believe it does?


  8. Ami Hatake
    on Mar 11th, 2012
    @ 10:55 am

    Thanks for making this, it’s been a great help! I would also like to state, on the topic of getting paid for services, that at first, the donations would be your best bet. At least until you’ve had time to try some cases, see if this is something that you and your group can do. Then, after getting some practice and being sure that you can help the client, I don’t see why asking a small fee could be bad. As long as you’re not going overboard with it, and the service you supply is worth it!


  9. Sue Ellis
    on Oct 6th, 2013
    @ 3:43 pm

    I’m sure the time will come when it will be OK to charge for services/investigations, however, I don’t believe it is here yet. The field is still too inexact, the “outcome” too unpredictable. It might be possible to “quote” to a client how much time, how many visits, it might take to study and, hopefully, remove the problem(s) after the initial investigation and then charge for that continued service. But the initial investigation should remain at no charge.

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