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.

  • My Order Idol

    By jessicabroome on December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Compared to a lot of people, I’m pretty organized. I always invoice on time (and pay on time). I never miss meetings or deadlines. I know where everything is. But compared to my mom, I’m an order amateur. My mom has an alphabetized spice drawer and eight photo albums full of chronologically ordered pictures. When I was growing up, we

  • Happy Holidays

    By jessicabroome on December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

    I love the holiday season. For the past few years my dear friend Nicole of Sloe Gin Fizz has been designing research-themed holiday cards that I send to all my contacts. Here’s a sampling:

  • The Roots of My Work Ethic

    By jessicabroome on November 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

    It’s my dad’s birthday this week, and I’m on my way to visit my family for Thanksgiving. This time of year always makes me nostalgic, so I thought I’d give you a window into my childhood. Here’s one of my earliest memories: we’re driving to the beach for a family vacation, stopped by the side of the road so my

  • Support Small Businesses

    By jessicabroome on November 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

    I saw this picture in a store window recently and it reminded me of a conversation I had last spring with a new prospect. They were planning to use a major research company to handle their project and wanted to know why they should consider me instead. Instead of just screaming, “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!!!!” I gave them a few points

  • This Week in 2008

    By jessicabroome on November 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

    I don’t tell this story often (because it kind of makes me look like an idiot), but I’m going to share it here, if only to show how far I’ve come. In 2008, I worked at a fantastic job with great coworkers and a boss I adored. I was approached by a recruiter for a job at another agency that

  • Fast vs Good

    By jessicabroome on November 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

    I love this quote, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s a good approach to research. One company I work with has a promise on their website that they will respond to any client email or voicemail within 15 minutes. I used to think this was an admirable approach, but lately I’ve been thinking the opposite. Here are my thoughts:

  • What I’ve Been Up To

    By jessicabroome on October 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

    I like to give an overview of my work every now and then, just to remind everyone how interesting it is! Here are the projects I’m working on right now: Writing a survey of current and former employees who are bringing a suit against a popular retail store. My client is the law firm– quite a change from working with

  • Days you Never Saw on Facebook

    By jessicabroome on October 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Every time I talk to someone who only sees me on Facebook, they say some variation of the same thing: “Your life looks amazing! I can tell your business is going really well!” Both of these things are true, but I recently realized that, just like many people, I “curate” my Facebook updates to show the sunny side of the

  • How to be my Favorite Client

    By jessicabroome on October 14, 2014 in Musings, Solopreneur

    I try not to play favorites with my clients, but there are some who I am really, really delighted to be working with. Here are a few things they do that make me love them: Have clear, agreed upon expectations. Clients who read the statement of work I send them, and understand that it lays out what I’ll be doing

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