“How do I become a bounty hunter?” is the most common question I am asked and as a veteran bail enforcement agent I am uniquely qualified to answer your questions. On this site you will find the bail enforcement training and information that others have long attempted to duplicate but have come up short because they either do not have the same amount of experience (if any at all) or they are not committed to bringing you an up to date, professional education program.
- Find a quality bounty hunter school or training.
- Get licensed, if the state in you want to work requires it.
- If you are unsure if licensing is required, look it up.
- Get the essential gear and support systems in place.
- Market your services.
- When you get an assignment, find and arrest the fugitive, then take him to jail as quickly as possible.
- If successful, invoice and collect for services from client.
- Repeat steps 6 through 8 as often as necessary.
- Find more bounty hunter training and improve your skills so that you can successfully complete more assignments faster.
- Again, repeat as often as necessary.
Actually, I wish it were that easy but it’s not – though it is definitely not impossible as many want you to imagine.
To be sure, bounty hunting is a challenging career… loaded with successes and failures, as well as the occasional adrenaline charged pursuit resulting in the arrest of a hunted man or woman. With the right education this can be a rewarding occupation, but you have to learn industry secrets quickly to be competitive. There are alot of men and women out there trying to get in, too.
Let me give you an advantage.
Since I don’t know anything about you or your experience, I am going to assume that you are starting from scratch… no experience with the bail bond industry, skip tracing, taking people into custody, or finding a bounty hunter job.
With that in mind I am going to give you the best advice you will get in our profession:
Commit right now to becoming a lifelong student of the bail recovery tradecraft, which means (most importantly) finding a mentor, taking courses, reading books, research, practicing and refining critical skills and networking! This is not just for the short-term… but also for as long as you intend to find fugitives for business (or for pleasure). I commit to at least 5 hours a week just to learn more about some aspect of this business; improving my marketing skills, staying abreast of the changing climate of our industry, practicing new methods of skip tracing, etc; each are extremely valuable topics to pursue.
Competency is developed from the study and refinement of these skills. Competency leads to success!
This is absolutely not a career or job that you should take lightly… it can be dangerous. There are many secrets you need to learn in order to remain reasonably safe, liability-free and staying legal so that you do not end up in jail, too. Finding the right school is of paramount importance. No other single decision made by someone wanting to learn to become a bounty hunter is as crucial!
Finding the right course can be tough! You have to consider a lot of options and weed through the rip-off courses (and there are more than a few) to find a truly great bail recovery course. Ask about the training director’s validity and his background… if they do not answer your questions or get defensive, that would be a really good sign to stay away. Pick their brain a little… does what they have to say give you cause for concern or does something feel not quite right? Walk away if something feels wrong.
Through this website you will find a ton of FREE information, articles and excerpts from my online bail enforcement course so that you can have an insider’s peek at what we have to offer, with no obligation whatsoever. I want you to make an informed decision and be confident in your training investment, whether that be with us or another service provider.
Ultimately a variety of courses and books from a few reputable companies would be in your best interest; this is a complicated business. The professionals all tend to approach the industry a little bit differently and no one can cover every topic important to your success as a bail enforcement agent. It would not hurt to expose yourself to as much information as you feel comfortable or are able to afford.
Lastly, I want to leave you with this:
Having dealt with thousands upon thousands of people asking the most frequent questions about getting started in bail enforcement I find that the one singular cause of frustration and eventual failure is that people interested in becoming a bounty hunter are too busy trying to reinvent the wheel rather than enlisting the help of a bail enforcement agent has been in the field a while or availing themselves of their training programs.
Give yourself a fighting chance and start with Step #1, get quality training, rather than starting halfway down the list.
You’ll be glad you did.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” -Muhammad Ali
Thank you for visiting BeABountyHunter.com, I certainly hope that you find what you are looking for and that I can help you in your own pursuit of success! Feel free to connect with me should you have any questions!
L. Scott Harrell, Owner
In Relentless Pursuit of your Success!
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About the Author (Author Profile)
L. Scott Harrell began a full-time career in private investigation and bail enforcement in 1995. He has apprehended over 1,700 bail fugitives and successfully closed several hundred additional skip trace and missing persons assignments. He routinely works with national surety companies and owned two very successful investigation agencies in Louisiana, Texas and now Florida. He is a noted speaker, author and mentor in the bail enforcement and fugitive recovery profession.