Can you cook an egg in a bowl of oats?

I ran an experiment to see if I could cook an egg in a bowl of cooked steel cut oats. The experiment was a failure.

I got everything as hot as I could. I warmed up the egg in hot water and even prepped the bowl by filling it with boiling water.

This is about a minute after cracking the egg into oats. As you can see, the egg did not cook.

After waiting a couple minutes and realizing the egg was not going to cook, I relented and stuck the whole thing in the microwave. Even then, the egg didn’t cook very evenly. In this picture, the bottom of the yolk is solid and top of the yolk (and the whites) are still quite runny.

Evaluating potential clients

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to choose the best clients. I want to have a systematic approach that can be repeated for everyone with whom I might work.

I’d also like to be able to share this approach with others, so I’m working on an article to help freelancers evaluate potential clients. I started by putting together a list of questions I might use. Here it is:

  1. Do the client’s values align with mine?
  2. What is their ability to pay?
  3. Will I be able to publicize the work afterwards?
  4. What’s the likelihood that the work will go live?
  5. Is there proper executive support in place for the project?
  6. What “good” will this work do in the world?
  7. Does this work have strategic value for the client?
  8. Does this work have strategic value for me?
  9. Are they assholes?
  10. Will I be able to measure the impact of my work?
  11. Will I be able to use interesting metrics (such as stress created, confidence created, other perception-based metrics)?

Obviously, this is incomplete and brings up a bunch of things I’d need to decide upon before I could complete such an evaluation (these will be addressed in the article), but it’s a start.

My question for you: how do you evaluate potential clients? What questions to do you ask? What red flags do you look for?

If you post a comment, I’ll let you know when the article is published. Thanks!