A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

I write semi-regularly about the human side of my life as an independent researcher — both the highs and the lows.

  • How San Diego’s Weather is Just Like Research

    By jessicabroome on January 18, 2016 in Musings, Research

    I got to San Diego at the beginning of January for a 2-month stay. I was expecting sunshine and warm days at the beach. Instead, I was welcomed by El Niño and a lot of scenes like this. After a long drought, most of the locals were pretty relieved to see some rain, so I adjusted and made the best

  • 15 Awesome Experiences in 2015

    2015 was a blast!! I had trouble keeping my list to “only” 15 great experiences, but here are my favorites: 1. Visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina and making my location independent dreams a reality! 2. My trip to China and Nigeria— a super cool, if jet lagged, project doing in home interviews with teens. 3. Getting some culture shock closer to

  • Improv Comedy and Research

    By jessicabroome on November 2, 2015 in Research

    Improv comedy and research might seem like strange bedfellows, but more and more I’ve seen the two collide. The main takeaway from my work on telephone survey introductions was that being responsive to a potential respondent on the phone is the best thing an interviewer can do to improve their chances of getting that person to complete the survey. Sometimes responsiveness means answering

  • Three Ways I Let My Clients Know I Love Them

    By jessicabroome on October 22, 2015 in Musings, Solopreneur

    I’ve written before about what my clients do that make me love them— but here are a few things I do to demonstrate how much I adore my clients and want to be of service to them. I get to know their business. The better I understand a client’s business, the more helpful I can be. If they have a unique

  • 4 Ways to Crush Impostor Syndrome

    By jessicabroome on October 13, 2015 in Musings

    “It feels as if each week, there is some lunch or some dinner or some phone call that is going to blow my cover, reveal that I am not nearly as bright or well read or business savvy or connected as I think people imagine me to be.” –Bill Clegg, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man My first thought

  • Closed Door –> Open Door

    By jessicabroome on October 6, 2015 in Solopreneur

      We’ve all heard the adage “when one door closes, another one opens,” but I always thought of this in terms of breakups, not clients. Last week I shared the story of a client who canceled their project after 5 months of hurry up and wait. And while I was pretty unruffled by the cancellation, I DID want to find

  • Clients Who Cry Wolf, and Why I Don’t Mind

    By jessicabroome on September 30, 2015 in Solopreneur

    I recently had a project get canceled. This is not out of the ordinary; budgets get cut, priorities shift, and occasionally, another researcher wins the work instead (unbelievable, I know). What was a little out of the ordinary with my recent cancellation was that the process had been dragging on for SIX months. In April, I gave the team a

  • FAQs About my Latest Global Project

    By jessicabroome on September 23, 2015 in Research

    I just got back from 12 days in China and Nigeria, doing in-home focus groups with teens. A lot of people have been throwing questions at me, so I thought I’d lay it all out here… What’s the project all about? A beverage company wanted to understand teens’ lives: their priorities, struggles, and day-to-day activities. The research agency they used needed another

  • Lucrative, Lovely, or a Learning Experience

    By jessicabroome on September 17, 2015 in Musings, Solopreneur

    I’m currently in Lagos, Nigeria doing in-home interviews (after 5 days of the same in Shanghai, China). More on this adventure soon, I promise! Right now I’m too deep in it to write about this experience– it’s going great, though! In the meantime, here are a few words on how I decide which clients to work with. My mom loves to say

All material copyright 2014-2016 | Jessica Broome Research | Portrait photo by Sarah Hodzic, Blink Photography