Here are some other suggestions for low-cost/no-cost private company research: * Search Lexis-Nexis or another business wire for information on your private company. Use search terms where the company's name is repeated throughout the news item. Add the word competitor for even more useful information. * Check out job sites like Monster.com, Careerbuilder or even the company's own careers pages. This can tell you whether the business is hiring, what jobs they need to fill, and even the salary range.