Panel: Best practices for running a Drupal-based business

Track: 
Drupal Means Business
Experience level: 
Intermediate

This panel discussion will be centered around building a successful Drupal Practice. The discussion will be moderated by Ron Huber of Achieve Internet and the panel will consist of well established community business owners:

  • Dave Terry of Mediacurrent
  • Michael Caccavano of TreeHouse
  • Drew Gorton of Gorton Studios
  • Glenn Hilton of ImageX Media

Are you currently a sole practitioner providing Drupal services and would one day like to run your own firm? Are you a partner at an existing multi-developer firm looking for fresh ideas and suggestions? Are you interested in networking with other owners, who have a like-minded interest in building a practice around Drupal?

In this session, we will look beyond the technology side of Drupal and dig into the business end of what it takes to run a successful Drupal agency. We’ll touch on critical subject matter topics in areas like sales, recruiting, accounting, human resources, and how to effectively market your services. We’ll address questions like: Does a partial or all telecommute arrangement work? What are the best practices? How do I find (and keep) customers without going through competitive bidding? Where and how do I recruit good people? What are the best practices for contracting for work? How can I find out what I should charge for my services? How do I effectively balance community and billable time? Should I combine forces with other firms and how can I pick good partners?

This panel is about helping YOU build a good Drupal practice, we leave plenty of time for questions and we don't hold anything back!

Time slot: 
20 May 10:45 - 11:45