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Private Investigator Consultations: The Distinction Between Paid and Free

In the dynamic realm of private investigation services, the practices surrounding initial consultations are evolving, leading to varied approaches across investigative agencies. Baker Street™, a vanguard in this field, recognizes the growing importance of paid consultations over complimentary ones. This change is not just about pricing; it embodies a commitment to quality, thorough preparation, and mutual respect in the client-agency relationship.


Sidney Paget art depicting a consultation
The time that both the client and consultant take are important and each party deserves to share and understand a matter thoroughly

The Evolution from Complimentary to Paid Consultations


Baker Street™ was a purpose built consultancy. It was built on decades of investigative and cyber services that often led to time spent on uncommitted inquiries or those seeking free advice without an intention to engage further. We realized the need for a shift to ensure more efficient and meaningful client interactions.


The Current Landscape of Free Consultations


Imagine a typical free consultation scenario:


The phone rings...


PI: "Detective, how can we assist you today?"

Client: "I need guidance; I suspect my partner is unfaithful."

PI: "We can help investigate. Our rate is $125 per hour."

Client: "That sounds reasonable."


This quick conversation often fails to address the real need for investigation services. and although this example is exaggerated, it is not far off. Furthermore the client accepts the advice from the private investigator on the other end who has a vested interest in selling their services.


Why We Charge for Consultations at Baker Street


Baker Street™ is first and foremost strictly a consultancy. We give guidance and direction to lawyers, private clients and companies on best practices regarding cyber, forensics, intelligence, risk and investigations. In addition we advise on matters of personal privacy, strategic relocation, tax friendly countries for residency, and more.


Quality Time with a Skilled Professional

Unlike free consultations, our paid sessions ensure you speak directly with a licensed private detective, offering detailed and confidential discussions about your matter.


Objective, Commission-Free Advice

When one calls any company and asks about their products and services, one will get what they ask for. Why? Because the person on the other end is the provider of the product or service. How unbiased is that?


It's not.


Our paid consultations are educational, focusing on providing unbiased advice. You gain insights into your situation without the pressure of a sales-driven environment.


Detailed Preparation and Personalized Focus

Paid consultations allow us to dedicate time to understanding your case thoroughly, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of your concerns.


Attracting Committed Clients

Our consultation fee filters in clients who are serious and willing to invest in professional guidance, leading to more engaged and productive interactions. We may make recommendations to other providers of services (of which we receive nothing for - its part of our ethics to remain free from any commissions) and when we help you engage the service of another, we want to be sure we are not wasting the time of the provider.


Valuing Your Concerns

Free consultations often limit discussions to a brief 15 minutes. At Baker Street™, we believe your case deserves more than a rushed conversation; it warrants a deep understanding and thoughtful strategy. After all, that is what you pay our experts for – objective advisory.


Conclusion: The Essence of Paid Consultations

Baker Street™'s approach to consultations underlines our dedication to delivering top-tier private consulting services. By instituting a fee, we align our efforts with clients who are earnest about their needs. This strategy not only enhances the effectiveness of our consultations but also stands as a testament to our commitment to excellence in the field we represent. As we handle intricate investigative matters nationwide, our consultation process remains a fundamental aspect of fostering informed, strategic, and fruitful client relationships.




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