What is it like to be a private investigator

So, what is it really like to be a private investigator?

Fast cars? Espionage? Stakeouts? Surveillance? Spying?

It turns out that I do none of that. A lot of PI mythology is, in fact, mythical.

Interestingly, if you ask 15 different private investigators what they do, you might get 15 different answers.

Even If if you ask my closest friends, they have a whole different perception of what I do. Every time one friend calls me, he envisions me in full camouflage gear, in the woods on a stakeout.

Truth is that I don’t own a piece of camouflage and I haven’t done a “stakeout” in eons.

I was featured in Lifehacker’s Career Spotlight, What I do as Private Investigator which answers some frequently asked questions about what it is like to be a private investigator like typical hours (there is no such thing as “typical”), what kind of experience you need, misconceptions and some advice to those who are interested in joining the profession.

I hope you enjoy.

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Private Investigator | Lifehacker

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  1. edmund magdziarek, Private detective manchester
    edmund magdziarek, Private detective manchester says:

    So true. I’ve been practising private investigation for over 10 years in the Uk and still cant give a straight short answer when someone ask me “what exactly does that involve”.
    Most people come into the job expecting cheating partners, or in the more imaginative cases, expecting to be on the trail of a serial killer the police cant catch. yet the reality is a myriad of assignments that could each deserve a blog post of their own.


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