My latest SQL Server Magazine commentary discussed the fact that many people are reluctant to spend money for technical education. You can read it here:
In that commentary, I could only mention peripherally that I have a vested interest in the topic, as I primarily make my living from training. Yes, I also do some writing, but that doesn’t actually pay the bills. Due to my husband’s stroke, I have had to cut back my travelling to no more than once a month, but so far, the few classes I have been organizing have continued to be successful. I am grateful to my training partners and all my students for their support. For the last few months, that one week was all the time I was comfortable taking. However, my husband is improving, and I can see a time coming in the not too distant future where I’ll be able to do more than the one week a month of work. However, I really don’t want to fly away from home, so I have finally rented a real office where I can start doing work away from home, but not too far away. It’s actually less than a 10 minute drive from my house but being out of the house will allow me to focus on work, and not on whatever else is going on at home.
I’ll be starting to plan some online training. My first foray into this area which be free, through 24 Hours of PASS, which I blogged about 2 weeks ago. But I can’t continue to do just free training. There is still a mortgage to pay, and kids to feed and send to college. And although my one class a month is ok for now, I need to start doing more. So, how can I make this work, if people are really so reluctant to spend money for training? I may be doing some online seminars through some of my training partners, which I’m no where near ready to talk about yet, but right now, that will only be an occasional occurrence.
I’ll certainly post here as plans start firm up, but I am also interested in ideas. With all the free technical info available through whitepapers and ebooks, free webcasts, and BLOGS, what kind of training do you think people would be willing to pay for in order in order to gain a deeper understanding of the way SQL Server really works?
Or, if I’m not able to be on the road 2-3 weeks a month, should I look for a new job and forget about training and writing?
I’d love to hear any ideas that anyone feels like sharing.