Two years ago this week I announced the launch of my consulting company. Since I promised to be transparent about this work, here’s an update and reflection on how BAC has gone so far. It’s a follow-up to last year’s business post, which means this is now an annual thing.
What’s been happening since June 2014?
I promise, no business-speak.
Overall, it’s been a great success. We’ve expanded our range and number of clients, made a noise in increasingly anxious discussions of higher ed’s fate, and more than paid our bills. All metrics are rising (in a good way).
What does work look like? There haven’t been many surprises this second year. The first year saw an awful lot of learning (see here), and now much of that is routine. Which is a fine thing.
Speaking engagements constitute more than half of my work. In any given month I travel to campuses, libraries, or convention centers one to five times. There are surprisingly few videoconferences; I hope to grow that.
There have been more international opportunities. 2015 has seen (so far) work in Britain, Australia, and Malta. Excellent.
Non-speaking consulting is quite varied. I’ve written reports, done analyses, led workshops on spec. Meeting facilitation is increasingly in demand.
Research takes up one half of my time, roughly, on average.
Business and finance The Affordable Care Act has been marvelous to us. It cut our monthly medical payments a great deal. I hope this keeps going.
Also, some months have been overrun with too much work. This is a good problem to have.
Technologies Social media has been crucial. It’s where I share my research and reflections, and where I connect with so many people. I increasingly receive consulting proposals and the occasional job offer through LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
While I research mobile devices, I rarely get to use them, since Vermont’s cell network is so poor, and the rest of the country isn’t that great, either.
Publications FTTE continues to grow in numbers, reaching 1400 this month, a 40% increase from this time last year. Adding a donations button has helped some with sustainability (thank you, contributors!).
I have a very short book coming out this fall, concerning how high school students and their families can best prepare for higher ed in the future. Two more book possibilities are under discussion.
The huge importance of health I’ve been disabled once over this year, and really felt how crippling that was for my part of the business. I’m trying to get healthier, but the nature of a small business somewhat opposes that, since it’s an always-on life.
Summing up, BAC is doing well. We’re sustainable and growing after a mere two years.
Thank you, blog readers, for the help you’ve provided.