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So you want to be a... Private Investigator
ISBN 978-1-478172-53-3
Available in paperback and for digital readers

When the authors set out to put together these top tips for private investigators they said, ‘What would I like to know if I was starting for the first time in this business...’

If you are considering setting up as a PI or you are already established, there are tips within these pages that will point you in the right direction, perhaps provide a timely reminder of the things you may already know but have let slide or simply ideas to maximise the many opportunities that exist.


Being a PI is a great career to follow but importantly and above all else it is a business not a lifestyle and you must treat it as such. You need a business plan, you need to improve your networking skills and you need to make a profit from providing excellent client care... and much more.


Follow the tips in this book and you could be on your way to success in a great business.

   Ray Castlehow  



Ray Castlehow served thirteen years in the Royal Air Force in Mechanical Transport. After leaving the RAF he specialised in Road Traffic Accident Investigation.


Over several years Ray established his reputation throughout the insurance and legal industries. In 2005 he started North by Northwest Investigations Ltd.


The company has continuously expanded its UK operations to offer a broad range of commercial Investigation services alongside its work within the insurance industry on liability and accident fraud cases. In recent years it has grown its commercial investigations portfolio.


Ray has directed and produced a training DVD to clearly show how Staged Accidents occur and he is working with the insurance industry and leading mobile applications developers PVAPPS to launch Apps to further assist with vehicle accident fraud prevention and the accident reporting process.


   Rick Armstrong  


Rick Armstrong has a background in management consultancy, advertising, training and marketing. For two decades he worked in the Middle East.


For a time Rick was CEO of a law firm specialising in the laws surrounding the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the European Convention on Human Rights, Covert Policing and Anti-Terrorism.


Rick has several business interests, he is the founder of Mentor Group, Director of IQ Property Investments and Area Director of BNI (Business Network International)  He is an inspirational speaker regularly presenting on topics such as business creation, motivation and leadership skills.



What they say...

Great book that does exactly what it says on the cover... provides lots of top tips. Perfect, no nonsense information that is as much about starting a business as its about the world of an investigator.

- Sasha Hudson


This book is awesome... and a must have on everyone's book shelf. Not just for people wanting to be private investigators but also anyone in any form of business will find this handy book packed full of useful information and helpful tips that I shall defiantly be adopting in my own business.

I'm going to order copies to give out to all my business contacts for Christmas as I'm sure they will all agree that every business owner needs to read and adopt all the points within this book.

I shall eagerly await more books from the author

- Sarah


What a fabulous insight to the world of Private Investigation... This book is definitely one that you need in to have in your arsenal as a fledgling Private Investigator. Full of honest, useful and informative tips A good read and thoroughly recommended!

- Scott Harrison (Surveillance Operative)


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