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How to Do a Legit Background Check On Your Writers (For Free!)

Given that one in three Americans has a criminal record, it shouldn’t be surprising that you could be working side by side with one of them. While most crimes are related to property or money, if you want to perform a legit background check for your employees before hiring, you can do it for free. If you know where to look, you can find clues like long gaps in employment history or education that might symbolize something.

Here’s how to run a check for free.

Start With a Search Engine

If you have someone’s name and the city they live in, you can easily find some basic information about them. If they have any web presence at all, through social media, sites like Yelp, or even through a university website, they could leave a trail behind them.

While you might struggle with some common names like “Jane Smith”, a little bit of additional information can help you narrow things down. Ask your writers to include a social media link and you’ll have enough information to find out a lot about them.

Move To Social Networks

If you got your writer to give you their Twitter or their Medium handle, you should be able to find them easily. With a little bit of sleuthing, however, you should be able to find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Once you’ve got a photo of them, you can start weeding out the profiles that are obviously not theirs and get to the good stuff.

Just because you find one profile, however, you should dig a little bit further. Most people are on several social media networks at once. Additionally, some people have a “work” social media profile and a “personal” social media profile. If you find your potential employee has both, you can find out a little more about them.

Get Some Public Records

Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, you can make a FOIA request about any person in the United States. So long as information about them wouldn’t violate national security or interfere with an investigation, you can get all kinds of personal or legal information.

IF you don’t want to go that deep, you can search public records databases. There are several free databases but the best ones will cost some money. You can get birth records, campaign contributions they’ve made, or find out if they’ve committed any serious crimes.

By looking at police checks, you can find all sorts of unexpected information.

Look At Their Financial History

Depending on the industry you’re in, you might want to check out someone’s financial history.

If they were hit hard for tax evasion in the past, you could find out how ethical they are. If they have skipped town after leaving a trail of debt behind, you should know what you’re getting into as their employer.

Running a Legit Background Check is Easy

If you get good at it, you can run a legit background check without ever spending a dime. Other people might turn to you to use your sleuthing skills.

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