Author: Manny OG
Becoming a bodyguard or Close Protection Officer (CPO) may seem like an odd career choice, but due to the current global climate, it’s actually a great business to start. For one, you don’t necessarily need any additional employees when you’re starting out, and you can begin with a low capital investment, such as yourself. However, it is risky and sometimes deadly. But if this seems like a job you’d be interested in pursuing, here are some steps you can follow to reach that goal.
Before anything, carry out a very extensive research as to what you want to get out of it, what it takes to become one. Read books and articles, watch video clips, study every information you come across, ask questions to people who are or have been in the business. Understand the do’s and don’ts, pros and cons, the myths and facts of being a bodyguard. Visit approved training centers and chat with the trainers, ask every question possible, find out if they are licensed and how many trainers they have and the scope of their training. A good bodyguard starting out is often dependent on his training, with crappy training comes crappy service. Also, if you have identified a prospective trainer, investigate them thoroughly, find out more information on them from people who might know them. This is very important, speaking from experience you do not want to end up with an abusive and quick tempered trainer, you will end up discouraged and demoralized. You are better off with a mild-mannered individual with patience and ability to teach.
By now you have decided that you are going to become a bodyguard, so you need to start your training. You have to learn the theory and practical, make sure the trainer does not rush the training, dissect every information carefully and ask questions when and where necessary. Take notes, have an audio recording device too, they come in very handy. Your trainer must teach you things like risk and threat assessments, first-aid, composure, observational and surveillance skills. If you have other trainees like you there as well, make sure they’re co-operative and easy to work with as a team, if they’re not, quickly call the attention of the trainer. This is very important, your fellow trainees can set you up for failure and also discourage you to a point where you’d want to quit. Training should also include self-defense and Close Quarter Combat (CQC) and firearms, these are especially useful skills to develop if you intend working in risk and conflict zones. Your trainer should carry out good simulated physical outdoor drills and exercises like evasive driving as well. Apart from these, everything else can be learned in a classroom.
Meet and network with others in the security sector especially the police. While you might be a good bodyguard, chances are you’ll need to expand and get staff to meet the needs of added/more clients. If you have connections in the police, this can be a great way to find available people for the job. Many police officers do security work part-time, and they are a great choice for bodyguards because they already know how to handle very hard, scary and dangerous situations. You can make contact with them through local union meetings, advertising in the local newspaper or just dropping by the station to ask some questions. Having connections to the police in your area could also help you get leads about possible clients. After all, most of the people you would be protecting would go to the police first for help.
Market yourself properly. Obviously, an average person isn‘t going to have much need for a bodyguard, except in very unusual situations or conditions. That means you need to use your marketing ability to connect with the people most likely to use your services. While you may not have any famous people living in your area, you do have politicians and business leaders who sometimes are a target. A good idea might be to send personally written letters to some of the top people in your community. In the letters, be sure to talk about/say your experience and your services. Include a business card also. Attending events where these people might be present could also give you a chance to mix and “sell yourself” to them.
Think about branching out. While having a bodyguard business is a low-priced way to get into the security business, you may want to think about expanding your services so you can reach a wider possible market. Home security systems and trained guard dogs are two areas that are also becoming more and more popular and might be complimentary offerings that you can provide.
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