The Business of Linux at the Ohio Linux Fest

Thanks to those that came to my talk. Sorry it got off to a rough start, but we managed and I want to thank you for your patience. The slides are available to download in .pdf format or you can view the presentation as slides with voice over at FOSSLC …

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The Slow Build

When I was little, I use to tag along with my mom as she would pick up things for her garden.  My favorite stop was Agway, because, in the spring they had brooders full of baby chickens.   Although my mother never, ever, indulged my childhood need to snuggle an arm …

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Earning Extra Money in Your Spare Time

Not all entrepreneurial ventures need to be grandiose, million dollar money makers.  In fact, many of the successful entrepreneurs I’ve worked with over the years are moonlighting in small businesses to help fill gaps in their family budgets.  A part-time business might be just the thing you need to bring …

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Health Care Reform is good for Business

Every break my children have from school, we make the trek from Rochester NY to Clio Michigan and spend our vacations working on projects that will bring us closer to our eventual move. This week, we finally brought the first load of our belongings and in between wind and snow …

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Learning to use SCORE’s Financial Projection Model

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to attend a workshop just for SCORE counselors where we went over the Financial Projection model that we use as part of our Simple Steps workshops. It’s not that I or any of the other counselors can’t “run the numbers,” but I, hadn’t used this …

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What Tools do you give yourself?

In my adult life and with my small business, I’ve had to constantly worry that I might miss an important anniversary like a birthday or a contract renewal because I had no frame of reference for the last time said event occurred. If you ask me about an event, I …

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Wasting Money on Software

One of the biggest wastes of money for any business is software licenses. The first issue is that software is a cost center, and ROI to shoot for is some sort of increased efficiency.  Regardless of how efficient it brings in customers, tracks inventory or creates slide decks for presentations, …

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Positioning Yourself as a FOSS Service Provider

In my previous posts, (1, 2) I’ve been talking about why Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMB) need Linux and Open Source solutions. I’ve also talked about Open Source industries. But what we haven’t covered is getting in the game. While I could go high tech here or dazzle you …

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Marketing Software Skills

If you ask a software developer how to make money writing code, you’ll usually get employment or selling applications as your answer. It’s my opinion, however, that most are missing the boat and need to think of their skills as a marketable service. The other answers, while not wrong, have …

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The Business of Linux – Series Start

It’s become quite clear to me that I’ll never fit all I want or need to say about the business of Linux in my LinuxCon talk. In fact I could make it a full day workshop and still not cover everything there is to know about making money on products …

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