Running an open source training business

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Excerpt

Starting a business is easy. Starting a successful business is only a little bit harder. But how do you keep an open source training business going and making money when the shine has worn off and it's now just hard work?

Description

Starting a business is easy. Starting a successful business is only a little bit harder. But how do you keep an open source training business going and making money when the shine has worn off and it’s now just hard work?

This talk will discuss what it takes to run a successful, small, totally independent, open source training business. It will cover considerations like outsourcing extra tasks (and then taking them back again when it didn’t work), holidays, managing staff who prefer to be constantly partying, and advertising to a wide variety of open source user groups without making enemies.

There are also the joys (and pains) of creating training materials, scheduling courses, running training and balancing the books. Tips will be given on how to make training fun, so that your attendees consistently give you high overall ratings; and how to teach the same week-long course twice a month for 6 months running and not get bored.

Finally you’ll see how community involvement is essential for micro-businesses like this to survive.

Speaking experience

Speaker

  • Jacinta Richardson

    Perl Training Australia

    Biography

    Jacinta Richardson is managing director of Perl Training Australia, with
    more than a decade of experience in teaching, software engineering and
    technical writing. She maintains the very popular Perl Training Australia “Perl Tips” newsletter and course notes, and was a technical editor for Dr Damian Conroy’s Perl Best Practices book and Kieren Diment and Matt Trout’s The Definitive Guide to Catalyst. Jacinta has been instrumental in the organisation of the Australian Open Source Developers’ Conference 2004-2009, linux.conf.au 2008 and the Australian System Administrators conference 2008-2009.

    Jacinta is an internationally acclaimed conference speaker, and a regular presenter at Perl Mongers and other technical user groups throughout Australia. Jacinta is passionate about increasing the participation of women in Open Source Software.

    In 2008 Jacinta received the prestigious White Camel award for her outstanding contributions to the Perl community. In her spare time Jacinta enjoys scuba diving, cycling, and baking.

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