Posts tagged with ‘adventures in research’

  • How San Diego’s Weather is Just Like Research

    By jessicabroome on January 18, 2016
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    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

    By jessicabroome on January 5, 2016
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    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 […]
  • Closed Door –> Open Door

    By jessicabroome on October 6, 2015
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      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
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    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
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    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 […]
  • A Week in My Life: Interviewer Training in Native Country

    By jessicabroome on September 3, 2015
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    I spent last week in North Carolina, working with the client who has taken over my life this summer. This time, I trained ten local women in face-to-face interviewing. They are awesome: smart, inquisitive, and I think they taught me more about native life than I taught them about interviewing. They’re going to go knock on doors and survey a few […]
  • Q3 Roundup

    By jessicabroome on September 30, 2014
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    It’s that time again…q3 is over and I’m reporting on my progress towards my annual goals. Make more money than last year– and make money every month. Yes! This year is on track to be my best yet. Work for at least 5 new and 5 existing clients. Yes! I’ve worked for 15 clients so far this year: 10 new […]
  • My Hive

    By jessicabroome on August 26, 2014
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    I just learned the term “hive.” Not a bee hive– a worker hive. Essentially this is where, instead of having a big company, you work independently (yay) and have other independent workers that you can tap into for different things. My freelance network is growing all the time (thanks to awesome gatherings like Pioneer Nation and my coworking space), and […]
  • Make Yourself Look Even Smarter to your Clients

    By jessicabroome on August 20, 2014
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    After a fun summer of teaching Questionnaire Design at the University of Michigan, I’m on an education high and excited to get the word out about doing great research. I’ll be in New York the week of September 15th and would love to visit a PR agency or two to offer a 45-minute training on “Using Research in PR.” I’ve done […]
  • Show me the Money!

    By jessicabroome on July 8, 2014
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    This piece about putting a toddler to bed in 100 easy steps has been making the rounds lately, and it makes me think about the process I’ve been going through with a few clients… Finish project. Send invoice. Client returns invoice, requesting different address/ additional code/ different font size. Edit invoice. Re-send invoice. Wait. Follow up with client. Learn that invoice is […]

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