Why pay for a business background check? After all, much of the information you will get is from public records or publicly accessible databases (at least for publicly traded businesses). So why can't you do it yourself? Quick answer: You can. But you need to think about how much time you can devote to performing the background check yourself and whether your time can be better used helping your business in other ways. But if you have the time, and the inclination, you can save some money if you want to do the research yourself.