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Dermot

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Feb 18, 2018
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I had an idea to give a free talk on IT security for small businesses in my area, in the hope that some would need my services in this for their business. It is a topic I personally really enjoy and would love to put what I do in my day job to use for someone else as a side gig. It was also one thing that really stood out at me from Millionaire Fastlane , when MJ is talking about becoming a producer rather than a consumer - rather than taking a course, teach a course.

The talk itself would cover the fundamentals, enough to keep a business sufficiently secure: regular patching, restricting user rights, proper tested backups, default passwords, 2FA, adopting a security mindset, etc... For attendees I have identified businesses which would have online assets worth protecting, and which I reckon would have the means to pay, like real estate agents, solicitors, accountants . I would exclude businesses like nail and beauty parlours, fast food, etc

I imagine the first step would be to validate the idea - ring some of my potential attendees and ask if they received an invite to such a seminar, would they be interested to attend.

I wanted to get the opinion of this forum and see how other people providing IT services got their first gig. The two concerns I am caught up on at present are:
- Available time - If I were to get a gig with a small business, I could only attend them after my day job (after 6PM) or on weekends. How do I work around that?
- Liability - What liability would I be exposing myself to in the event that a client suffered a cyber attack (ransomware, etc) and how do I limit that?
 
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Castillo

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I had an idea to give a free talk on IT security for small businesses in my area, in the hope that some would need my services in this for their business. It is a topic I personally really enjoy and would love to put what I do in my day job to use for someone else as a side gig. It was also one thing that really stood out at me from Millionaire Fastlane , when MJ is talking about becoming a producer rather than a consumer - rather than taking a course, teach a course.

The talk itself would cover the fundamentals, enough to keep a business sufficiently secure: regular patching, restricting user rights, proper tested backups, default passwords, 2FA, adopting a security mindset, etc... For attendees I have identified businesses which would have online assets worth protecting, and which I reckon would have the means to pay, like real estate agents, solicitors, accountants . I would exclude businesses like nail and beauty parlours, fast food, etc

I imagine the first step would be to validate the idea - ring some of my potential attendees and ask if they received an invite to such a seminar, would they be interested to attend.

I wanted to get the opinion of this forum and see how other people providing IT services got their first gig. The two concerns I am caught up on at present are:
- Available time - If I were to get a gig with a small business, I could only attend them after my day job (after 6PM) or on weekends. How do I work around that?
- Liability - What liability would I be exposing myself to in the event that a client suffered a cyber attack (ransomware, etc) and how do I limit that?

One thing I'm kind of concerned on is your time restrictions... You will have to cater to your clients as I believe it would be quite hard to get all of the end users in the same room at the same time outside of business hours. You could have an online course setup, and follow ups with people if they have questions possibly?
 

BigRomeDawg

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Free events are great lead generators.

However, you won't land any big gigs if you can't work 9-5 M-F.

Your liability is very large. You need general and professional liability insurance and should offer cyber insurance to your customers.

Real estate agents are a tough sell. Unless you take the back door and get a contract with a realty group.

Be aware of compliance requirements for accountants, lawyers, etc. Min. is usually PCI compliance but varies from state to state. It also depends who their clients are; If your accounting client has clients in the medical field you may need to be HIPAA compliant also.

I'm guessing your day job is IT?
 

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