How To Work From Home As A Data Analyst Consultant?


I’m data mining and predictive modeling specialist from MN.

I worked many years for different companies as a full time employee.

Now I want to try working from home as an independent consulant.

Is it possible in this peraticular area? How to convince my potential clients to send me their data for analysis?

I know from my experience that companies are very sensitive in giving customer related data to somebody outside the company.

Did anybody have similar problem?


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2 Responses to "How To Work From Home As A Data Analyst Consultant?"

  1. hespy   December 10, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Yes, you can do data analysis from home, given that you already have the credentials, and in addition to previous answerers:

    1) Right analysis tools (SAS, SPSS, WEKA, Matlab, Excel et cetera) and hardware (good PC with large RAM). Best to have encryption and other security measures for your data, let your potential clients know you are serious about data security.

    2) Trust from the potential clients. Provide a once-off free service, to act as a trial for them. If you do a good job, they will gradually let you have more data and problems to solve.

    3) Request for de-identified data, or request for encryption/hashing of identity information (easy to do for data miners)

    4) Start with small firms with no in-house data analytics departments.

    Good luck!

  2. Ash   November 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I am an experienced data analyst – SAS programmer and have access to all analytical software in my home computer. I also have great understanding and commitment to data privacy and security that I have learnt from my full-time works over the past many years. I am looking for some data analyses works to be done at home. Does this kind of work really exist?

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