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Starting a home business

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Starting a home business

Post Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:08 am

I am thinking of starting a small home business specializing in data recovery. I have several years of law enforcement training and experience in computer forensics. I have two questions, the first one being somewhat broad. On average, how many services might I expect to perform in a month? I know this is very open ended, but I would like to hear from some of the guys who have a small business with average area competition. My second question is this, do most small data recovery businesses use open source data recovery tools? At work I use EnCase and FTK almost exclusively, but I cannot afford them right now for the business. Thank you.  

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Re: Starting a home business

Post Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:47 am

Probably depends where you are in Florida. Are you surrounded by blue hairs or businesses? If the first you will probably have to rely on volume.

Get in with the local computer repair shops. Do some work for them with a discount so they have margin to make a few bucks off your work.

No problem using Open Source tools. While the tools are similar, there are really better data recovery tools than EnCase and FTK.  

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Re: Starting a home business

Post Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:15 am

If you are specialising in data recovery, get X-Ways. It gives you a similar feel to what you're used to with FTK/EnCase, but with some great data recovery features. And of course, it's a bit over 1/4 the price of the other tools. X-Ways was the first forensic / data recovery software I bought when I set up my business.

I also use a lot of open source tools, I'm just trying to maybe help you with the learning curve. You're probably going to want to use a linux based tool for imaging though since they have better ways to read the drive, and don't try to stuff around with your source drive like Windows does.

I really can't speak about what your work load would be in a market I have no dealings with.
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Re: Starting a home business

Post Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:27 pm

- deerhunter
I am thinking of starting a small home business specializing in data recovery. I have several years of law enforcement training and experience in computer forensics.


Are you still active law enforcement or retired? If you are still active law enforcement, there might be serious legal issues arising from the business.  

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Re: Starting a home business

Post Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:50 pm

Just curious but what does

"I am thinking of starting a small home business specializing in data recovery. I have several years of law enforcement training"

having several years of law enforcement have to do with starting a home business. If you said I have several years of law enforcement where my job is to recover data from suspect drives all day, then that would make sense. But I don't get that statement of yours, and it is said a LOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
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Re: Starting a home business

Post Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:50 pm

- armresl
Just curious but what does

"I am thinking of starting a small home business specializing in data recovery. I have several years of law enforcement training"

having several years of law enforcement have to do with starting a home business. If you said I have several years of law enforcement where my job is to recover data from suspect drives all day, then that would make sense. But I don't get that statement of yours, and it is said a LOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT


Sorry, I thought I was being more specific when I said I had several years of law enforcement training and experience in Computer Forensics! My mistake.  

deerhunter
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Re: Starting a home business

Post Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:23 pm

I too am looking to start my own business. I actually got lucky calling about a Private Investigator's license, and had the company suggest I start my own Forensics business, so they can send their evidence to me instead of across the country. So now I am faced with the difficult task of finding out what it truly takes to start my own business.  

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