Hiring a remote research assistant: is this even a real thing?
October 23, 2012 8:14 PM Subscribe
How do I find and hire a remote research assistant for a one-off task (in Goshen, IN)?
posted by UniversityNomad to Work & Money (6 answers total)
A strange question that is probably totally a long shot, but I'll ask it anyway. Does anyone know how to find and hire a remote research assistant for a one-off task? I'm a PhD student and need to do a few hours' research at an archive far from me (in Goshen, IN, as it happens). It's really cost prohibitive for me to go there myself (as in, I'm a broke grad student and can't swing it at all), but unfortunately, I very much need the relevant documents from that archive. I suddenly thought perhaps I could hire a remote research assistant who is a local in that area, to go there for me (if the archive will let me do this). Because I largely know what the documents that I need are titled, and which boxes they are in, it's largely just a matter of showing up, giving the archivists the list, combing through the boxes, and then going through and scanning/photocopying the relevant documents on the list, and emailing it to me. The catch is that I don't know anyone in that town, or the surrounding area. I thought about Craigslist, but the lack of vetting or accountability is a bit unsettling, as I imagine I'd have to Paypal the person money before I got the work from them.
Does anyone know of how I might go about finding someone for this task (assuming it's even possible)? Would it be plausible to use an online site for hiring an assistant for odd jobs (the kind that you can use to hire people to grocery shop for you, etc.)? Does anyone have any specific recommendations about good websites that I could use to find someone for this, or suggestions about anything else relevant?