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Wednesday May 07, 2003
09:00 AM

it's the economy, stupid...

[ #12058 ]
After having only a half a revenue week from July of last year to February of this year, and a lot of cancelled classes because of lack of attendance, I'm happy to report that in a six week span, I'm personally producing an off-the-shelf Llama class, a week of custom classes, and two weeks of system administration consulting, all three of our major products.

It feels good to have my direct production be what it was like three years ago. It also feels good that some of the other training clients are starting to book classes again, some of the open enrollment classes are starting to fill again, and that I'm also getting consulting requests and scrambling to fill them the best I can.

And in the meanwhile, I've managed to refinance my home and the home I subsidize for my Mom, pulling out $80,000 which is enough to pay down most of the credit I rang up during the down cycle. So as long as I get 3-4 classes per month for me and the Stonehenge crew, and llama and alpaca book sales stay relatively strong, I'll be paying down the rest of my debt, and might actually eventually some day have a savings account!

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  • Things are still on the "down-low" for me here, but business has been picking up lately too, although not entirely in the field I'd prefer. :)

    I do have two web-projects in the works, and potentially a summer job (granting things work out in the interviews, and that they like my resume enough to grant me one) working for a local provider that should get me some good experience as well. Keeping my fingers crossed here too.

    So when is your "Interesting Perl tricks" book coming out? Oh, you don't have one? Wel