This post may come off a little whiny and entitled, but bear with me, as I don’t mean it that way. I was on vacation recently and did some long, hard thinking about where I am in my career and where I want to go.
This cow has been giving away milk for a long time. I don’t want to be a whiner about it, but the kid will need to go to college, there’s stuff around the house that needs fixing, we find that eating is a useful activity, etc. I absolutely love what I’m doing: I’m my own boss, I get to work on things that interest me and challenge me, and people appreciate what I do.
I’ve been thinking about ways to monetize some of the support which I give away without being crass about it. I figured that we live in a social computing world, so why not throw it out for discussion.
Quite a few of you who use my jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services said you would be more than willing to pay for it, so I set up a link so that you could donate to the Boston Museum of Science. I did it because I figured that it wasn’t going to be big money, and they could use it.
I’m not a sales guy. I’m not good at flogging my services. However, I *do* know what I’m doing, and I’m a very good consultant. (It’s taken me years to be confident enough to say that out loud.)
I don’t know if it’s that people assume that someone who is so vocal in the SharePoint community must already be busy or too expensive or what, but I don’t get pinged too often about potential projects. Yes, I had hoped that by getting out there with a strong personal brand, the knocking at the door would become deafening. Not really, but I did figure that I’d get some contacts every once in a while from it.
I read in the press and on other people’s blogs that there’s a real shortage of SharePoint people. I would argue that there’s an *extreme* shortage of *good* SharePoint people. So, where’s the work?
Here we go: I’m saying out loud that I’m looking for good projects to work on. Know of any?
And what about monetizing the "support" work that I do for my jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services or in other places? Do you think that there’s a business model for retainer-based SharePoint support? Does my Web site not say enough about what I do and where my strengths lie?
I’m interested in your thoughts (and projects). Toss ’em over.