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From: "Amy Dunn" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] options after closing a business
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:10:12 -0500
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That's part of the problem. I am not one of those who is use to teaching in
front of groups. Why would the local societies
hire a 30 something year old instead of one of those who done it for years?
On top of it there is already a area genealogy
library that does genealogy classes for free. This is the exact reason why
I do not put my photograph on my website or
anywhere else that is associated with my business. Very few takes young
professional genealogists in my area.

Right now considering the economy and other issues, I am probably best at
closing the business. As for the BCG standard,
I would use it regardless of what I end up doing. I found out about the BCG
standards when I before I opened the business
and I would not drop it. I was hoping to help people even if I closed the

Before I opened the business I was a volunteer for Rootsweb and Random Acts
of Genealogy Kindness, but I didn't
remember how I could properly volunteer lookups locally without it being
classifying as a business. I have had some records
at a few local courthouses cost $1 plus per page which could soon add up if
I did all of it for free. Now if I did just online
lookups it wouldn't cost anything.

Does this help? I am really trying to go from a business basis back to
being a volunteer doing lookups.


From: "Angela Kraft" <>
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 11:23 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] options after closing a business

> Hello,
> The IRS will consider you a hobbyist if you are unable to make a profit
> after 3-5 years. Because most of your start up costs have already been
> paid, you should be able to make a small profit, which would keep you as a
> business as far as the IRS is concerned, but that doesn't mean that you
> will be making the big bucks either. I suggest that you don't close the
> official part of your business yet, because it takes 3-5 years for most
> start-ups of any kind to get going. You just have to re-work your business
> plan to maybe include teaching some classes and other things that will get
> you exposure to a new client base. That's what I'm doing right now. I have
> only been in business for a year and a half, and business has been
> S...L...O...W... but I love it, know I won't become rich from it, and keep
> trying to come up with other ways to put myself out there.
> Good luck,
> Angela
> Leaves of Heritage Genealogy
> "Let's shake some history from your family tree!"SM
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