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Taking Care of Business
Quest Giver Brynjolf
Location Riften
Prerequisite A Chance Arrangement
Next Quest Loud and Clear
Reward Membership into the guild
Thieves Guild Outfit
Faction Thieves Guild
Type Thieves Guild, Main quest
Quest ID TG01
Taking Care of Business is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This is the second quest pertaining to the Thieves Guild, acquired from Brynjolf.



  • Find the door to the Ratways, located on the lower levels of Riften.
  • In the Ratways, there will be a couple of aggressive bandits, named Drahff and Hewnon Black-Skeever, who will need to be aggressively dealt with.
  • Now either pick the lock (Expert) on the door to the left or take the path to the right.
  • Shortly, the entrance to the Ragged Flagon can be detected and find Brynjolf at the bar.
  • He will instruct the Dragonborn to collect debts from three business owners in town. Exit the Ragged Flagon by the front door, then go through the second archway on the right wall. Pull the lever to drop the draw bridge across the gap and follow the path to exit the Ratways.
  • Whatever order the debts are collected in, the third target will have heard about the previous two and chooses to simply hand over the money when spoken with about it. Also, Brynjolf will not be happy if you kill the debters to collect the money.
  • Alternativley, you can brawl any and all of the debters. Beat them to submission, and they will pay.

There are a few different ways to get the money.

Keerava's debt (in The Bee and Barb)Edit

  1. Speak first to Talen-Jei, a male Argonian. Talen-Jei is likely just inside the door, or upstairs sleeping in his room. Choose the dialog option about talking some sense into Keerava. Then speak with Keerava about giving Brynjolf to convince her to pay the dragonborn.

Bersi Honey-Hand's debt (in The Pawned Prawn)Edit

  1. With a weapon, attack the urn until it is destroyed in front of him. Then speak with him and he'll pay.

Haelga's debt (in Haelga's Bunkhouse)Edit

  1. Around the corner from her counter is the statue. Be sure to sneak first to avoid a bounty, and steal the statue. Then speak with her to receive the debt payment.

Once the debts have been collected, return to Brynjolf in the Ragged Flagon. He will invite the Dragonborn to walk with him. Mercer Frey will give the follow up quest Loud and Clear and welcomes the Dragonborn to the guild.


After completing the quest and accepting the follow up, "Loud and Clear", a few perks are gained:

  • Membership into the guild.
  • Speak with Tonilia in the Ragged Flagon to receive the Thieves Guild Armor.
  • Tonilia becomes available as a Fence.
  • If you collect from Haelga last, you can pick up and keep her unique Haelga's Statue of Dibella after she pays you. It will no longer be marked as a Quest Item, so you can freely store it or sell it.


Taking Care of Business - TG01
IDJournal Entry
10Brynjolf has promised me more work if I'm able to locate him at a tavern called the Ragged Flagon. Judging from the dangerous nature of its location, it seems as though he's having me perform some type of initiation, but I can't be certain.
  • Objective: Locate Brynjolf at the Ragged Flagon
20After successfully locating the Ragged Flagon, Brynjolf has given me a new assignment. Three business owners in Riften are proving to be a thorn in his side and I'm supposed to teach them the error of their ways. I should speak to Brynjolf about these townspeople in the event that they prove to be as stubborn as I'm expecting them to be.
  • Objective 20: Collect Keerava's debt
  • Objective 21 (Optional) Use Talon-Jei to get to Keerava
  • Objective 30: Collect Bersi Honey-Hand's debt
  • Objective 31 (Optional) Smash Bersi's prized Dwarvern Urn
  • Objective 40: Collect Haelga's debt
  • Objective 41 (Optional) Steal Haelga's Statue of Dibella
  • Objective: Return to Brynjolf
200I've dealt with the three troublesome business owners in Riften as Brynjolf had specified. Perhaps now that I've proven my worth to Brynjolf, I can discover more about this mysterious organization that he represents.
  • Quest complete


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Taking Care of Business

  • Where's Brynjolf ?

    • so the quest is locate brunjolf at the ragged flagon , but when i go there .. there is no Brynjolf ! he's just up in the surface in his sta...
  • Haelga's debt

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    • ok so i accidently killed her... and now shes an ash pile with no loot... so is there anyway around this??
    • I talked to her and she refused to give me the dept. Now she became a non active character. Anyone knows how to fix this?

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