Make money freelancing as a Courthouse Researcher!

It’s amazing the kinds of independent/work from home that are available today! This field was news to me even after working outside traditional brick and mortar roles for a few years. While it is work outside the home, I still wanted to include it because it is something very flexible that you can do on your own time while you are going about the business of life. As a Courthouse Researcher, typically you’ll work within a deadline to collect as many accurate records as you can. Companies that provide the work usually pay per record so the faster and more accurately you can provide the record, the more money you stand to make.

One company that hires researchers sums up this freelance opportunity nicely so I’ll share it here: “Court Research is the process of going to the courthouse and looking at public documents. You might be looking at mortgages, marriage records, tax liens, judgments, divorces, and more. The very act of going to the courthouse to look up the records is courthouse research.”

Courthouse Researcher

Why courthouse research might be for you:

  • Set your own hours and have a flexible schedule (within the deadline(s) provided).
  • You have access to a laptop and transportation/can get to a courthouse easily
  • Work as much or as little as you want – the more records you collect and submit, the more you’ll make.

How to get this freelance position:

  • Provide basic information about yourself, detail your experience collecting research and which counties you’ll be willing to work in.
  • Most of the below listed companies offer free training to help you get started.

Keep in Mind

  • The faster you type, the more you’ll likely make as payment happens per correct submitted record.
  • It can take time to get up to the hourly rate you’d like to be earned so be sure to give yourself time to ramp up your research and typing game! Need practice? Go here to test and improve your typing skills!
  • “A successful court researcher has a cell phone and a laptop. Almost all projects require collection of information, whether it be on a spreadsheet or into a data entry program. You’ll be using the public terminals located at the courthouse you visit to collect this information. Once hired, you’ll have access to complete training material that will teach you how to understand the information you are looking for. Many counties have several types of courthouses. The training will help you understand which courthouse you need to visit. For example, you wouldn’t go to a criminal court to collect information on mortgages!”

Companies that offer Courthouse Researcher positions:

  1. Information Technologies – Independent Contractor work pulling data related to tax liens and/ or bankruptcies. “Currently we are in search of Court Abstractors/Data Collectors in various regions around the nation. This is an independent contractor position.” To apply, click here.
  2. Deedcollector.com – You’ll be an independent contractor courthouse researcher, and be paid weekly by direct deposit. “An Average researcher needs 4 to 6 weeks to reach full earning potential. This is because it takes time to learn the job. We provide all the tools, training and encouragement for your success, but you will need to provide perseverance, commitment and determination.” Top researchers earn somewhere around $15 – 20/hour. Interested? Apply here.
  3. Advanced Background Check – Document Retrieval and background check research. Note: Application asks questions pertaining to your company name, your experience and if you carry insurance against errors and omissions. If interested, apply here.
  4. JBS Research – Courthouse research position (Independent Contractor). Start your application here.
  5. First National Acceptance Co. – “his is a part-time, independent contractor position that consists of locating and recording the names and addresses of sellers of owner-financed real estate notes. Only a small amount of information is collected so the research is not in-depth or detailed. In many courthouses research is available on computer. Opportunities exist in multiple counties so once the research is caught up in a given county, additional counties may be available for research. Payment is made on a per name basis, often adding up to $12.00 per hour or more. New counties that have not been assigned in the past offer an opportunity for immediate income potential. Researchers are expected to visit the county courthouse on a regular basis in order to keep the research caught up.” Apply here!
  6. Sunlark Research – “We generally are picking up very basic information from the documents available, such as names and addresses. We then enter the information into database or spreadsheet software, depending on the needs of the client. The amount of work available in a given county depends on the population base and growth and mobility of the area as well as on the type(s) of assignments we have available in your area. A very small county (i.e., under 10,000 residents) may have less than one hour of work per month while a very large county (i.e., over 1 million population) can sometimes keep a fast-working researcher busy for several hours each week.” Apply here.
  7. Sentinel Data Retrieval – “We are always looking for qualified, accurate and reliable researchers and court retrievers.” Collect background check data. Click here to apply.

Do you have experience working in a role like this? 

Do you have questions about working from home or have companies to add to this courthouse researcher list? Please share in the comments below. I’m here to help!