My job as a freelance researcher is to provide clients with information to make better decisions. That can take many forms, and a lot of the value for clients (and fun for me) comes in when the problems aren’t yet well defined, so here are some examples of forms that has taken in the past:
- Scouting potential new projects for an experienced founder preparing to leave day-to-day on his current project
- Investigating potential investors for a start-up to report what kinds of truthful pitches they were most likely to respond to
- Assess market size for a potential non-profit
- Assess accuracy of covid tests and design a quarantine-and-test regimen for a particular safety bar
- Figure out how to get a coin listed on crypto exchanges (this was in 2018, when it was a little more mysterious)
- Fact check existing work
- Scientific literature reviews
The common elements across work I enjoy are:
- Decision relevant; I’m much more interested in answering questions where your action will change based on the answer than in justifying or science-washing a decision that’s already been made.
- Involve pulling together disparate information and reading between the lines to create an understanding that isn’t publicly discoverable
- Makes the information ecosystem better rather than worse. I haven’t entirely ruled out work in advertising or PR, but I’m not going to help systems that make people dumber.
If you’re interested, please email me at email@example.com with a description of your research question. From there we can set up a call to discuss details. I typically like to start work with new clients with a well-defined, ~5 hour project. This lets us see if we’re a good fit without wasting too much time if the answer turns out to be no. If things go well, we can expand from there. Rates start at $175/hour, with some room for negotiation based on deadline and topic.