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Found this forum from reading about marketing. I'm 29. About 2 years ago I set an ambitious goal of being able to retire by 30. I'm not quite there but I'm making progress. I spent a lot of time in school learning things that were interesting to me, but have shitty marketability. After I got out of school, I worked in IT, a 9-5 job. I worked in Silicon Valley and I was making decent cash but hated the cubicle, the corporate political games, the commute and the high cost of living. So I built up a side hustle via online courses and technical books. I make enough passive income this way that I quit the 9-5 and now freelance as a technical writer, and work from home at my own pace. I also moved to a remote area to start homesteading, potentially a for-profit ranch. Live is pretty good, though I live frugally and DIY everything. I'm still not quite able to retire if I choose to, but I'm getting closer.

One of the reason I wanted to join this forum is that I'm wrestling with a business problem that I haven't figured out how to solve yet. At a high level, I'm an SME (subject matter expert) in IT and I'm looking to create a certification. However, I don't think I have enough authority for customers to be interested in getting certified directly by me. So I'm trying to figure out if/how to create a certifying organization or how to pitch to an existing organization and get my fair share of royalties...
 

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At a high level, I'm an SME (subject matter expert) in IT and I'm looking to create a certification. However, I don't think I have enough authority for customers to be interested in getting certified directly by me.
The certification isn't about you or who you are, it's about who recognizes it as legitimate. What you need are partnerships with institutions who care about it, and possibly could have some input on what is required to be considered an expert.

Best of luck.
 

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They Live is one of my favorite Carpenter films, up there with the Thing and the Prince of Darkness. I see that you, too, are a man of culture. Welcome aboard.

as far as certification goes, I think partnering with some larger organization is going to be the way to go. To pitch them, look at it from their perspective: what do they stand to gain? Start there and see where it leads you.
 

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