My parents came to New Orleans to visit this weekend. (That’s them in 1966!) My dad, himself an entrepreneur, and my mom, a logistics and problem-solving whiz, have been two

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David Letterman is on his way out, but in his honor, here’s a top 10 list. 1. Getting locked in a strange Indian family’s bathroom after an in-home interview. The respondent

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“How do you get your clients?” This is one of the most common questions I hear. I don’t advertise or have booths at trade shows or send out direct mail.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: everybody needs research. I love the diversity of companies and topics I get to work on. Lately I’ve done research for professional associations

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I found a journal I kept while working on an evaluation of two residential drug treatment facilities. Some excerpts:   March 2002: Just finished my first week! The director of the facility said

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A few weeks ago I wrote about one of my early jobs, interviewing inmates in maximum security prisons. I loved interviewing, but it was only part of what I did at

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I’m on my way back from Portland, where I spent two days at a fantastic conference of independent workers: freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other intrepid souls like myself. Like most conferences, there were

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  I set 14 work goals for 2014. Here’s how I’m doing: Make more money than last year—and make money every month. So far, so good. Work for at least 5 existing

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I moved to New Orleans last year, and I’ve just survived my first Mardi Gras! (That’s me on Mardi Gras day.) If you’ve never experienced it, Mardi Gras is a

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One of my very first jobs was interviewing inmates in maximum-security prisons in New York State. It was part of an evaluation of a parenting class for male inmates, which

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Last week I gave an overview of one of my favorite projects from last year, a global qualitative study on beverages. I thought you might like to see what a few days

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One of my favorite projects in 2013 was a global study on beverages.  The client wanted to know about the kinds of beverages people were making at home, as well as what

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I may have gone a little overboard by coming up with 14 work-related goals for 2014. The 7 I covered last week are all about the kinds of clients and projects I

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As promised, following up on last week’s 2013 recap, here’s a look forward with some goals for Jessica Broome Research in 2014. 1. Make more money than last year– and

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Whoa! I did not mean to abandon my blog for so long. I was completely absorbed for all of Q4 on a fantastic global qual project: doing in-home focus groups

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Last week I described five of my favorite things about freelancing. It’s not all puppies and rainbows, though, so today I’m sharing some thoughts on one of the biggest challenges to

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I recently celebrated my 5 year “freelance-i-versary:” 5 years since I left my last job in PR research and went out on my own. I’ve been having a ton of

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I’ve written before about my mobile life, where I spend a few months in a place before moving on.  I’m lucky to have the technology to be able to service my

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Last week I shared the beginning of my research wish list, mostly focusing on types of clients I’d like to have.  I want to continue the list this week with a

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I’ve blogged in the past about recent projects I’ve done, but today I wanted to share an incomplete list of types of clients I’d like to work for. Sometimes just putting these

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I love this scene from Annie Hall, where Annie and Alvin are telling their respective therapists how often they have sex. Alvin: Hardly ever. Maybe three times a week. Annie: Constantly. I’d say three

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So far this year, I’ve worked from half a dozen US cities, as well as Mexico, Thailand, China, and, currently, the Dominican Republic.  As a location-independent researcher, I’m delighted by

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A friend just pointed me to this article on a Washington Post survey of local issues in my hometown of Washington, D.C.  Seems there’s a little hullaballoo about the framing of the survey results—namely,

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Welcome to the 5th and final segment of the response process model: reporting.   Encode –> Comprehend –> Retrieve –> Map –> Report Imagine a respondent has gone through the first four steps: they know

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Welcome to part 4 of the response process model: mapping.   Encode –> Comprehend –> Retrieve –> Map –> Report A respondent could understand your question (and remember the answer), but not be able to place their response in

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