Re: Research as an offering?
SPSS, the full version is horribly expensive. I also haven't seen version 17, but I absolutely hated version 16. I've checked into buying the student version which is much more affordable and would probably do pretty much anything that I was going to use for in terms of data analysis for my clients.
I don't really have any good suggestions for where to find clients who would have a need for this since it's not something I've actively pursued as the research services that I'm offering are not really in line with using SPSS. Earlier this summer I did a couple of searches on Elance for people needing SPSS help and only found a couple of requests. You could also do searches on some of the other freelance sites and see if there were requests for that service there.