What to expect from a freelance data scientist?
What should you expect when you hire a data scientist as a consultant?
Quite often I have been approached by clients who would like to hire me on a freelance basis to run an analysis, write a proposal, help them to apply for a public sector tender, or build a predictive model.
My data science consulting process
In the case of an analysis or predictive model, we would proceed as follows:
- 1 hour free of charge: initial video call to establish your business requirements.
- Emails exchanging NDAs etc.
- I take away some of your data and work on it to see what is achievable.
- I produce a demo. This could be a model that you can visit at a URL, or we can meet in person or have a video call. You will see a small snapshot of what data science can achieve for your problem.
If you decide to proceed at this point, we would then discuss commercials and the scope and length of the project, and we will agree on KPIs, milestones and deliverables. The project itself could last for anything from weeks to months depending on your needs.