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Best Practices For Managing a Drupal Firm

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
305 Gravitek Labs

Presented by

Glenn Hilton (Glenn Hilton)
ImageX Media
Dave Terry (Mediacurrent)
Jeff Walpole (jwalpole)
Phase2 Technology
Jon Clark (juaneclark)
Aten Design Group
Jennifer Hols (jhorocks)
ImageX Media
Eric Gundersen (ericgundersen)
Development Seed
Ben Finklea (Volacci)
Liza Kindred (LizaK)
Providing Professional Drupal ServicesProviding Professional Drupal Services
Succeed: Share how to design, theme, develop, host, train, manage and take your Drupal business to the next level.

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:

  1. How much operating capital will I need and where do I get it in this economy?
  2. Does a partial or all telecommute arrangement work? What are the best practices?
  3. How do I find (and keep) customers without going through competitive bidding?
  4. Where and how do I recruit good people?
  5. What are the best practices for contracting for work?
  6. How can I find out what I should charge for my services?
  7. How do I effectively balance community and billable time?
  8. Should I combine forces with other firms and how can I pick good partners?

We will explore answers to questions like this and take questions from you for our expert panel of owner/operators that are in the Drupal trenches. They will share their own firm’s experiences and give an insider’s view of how they handle common challenges. There will be a moderator to facilitate the discussion and keep things moving along in an orderly manner.

Experience: Beginner, Intermediate
Industry: education, marketing, media, non-profit
Tags: business development, management, marketing, partnership, recruitment, strategy, vision

great session. I am planning to setup a media firm and will be developing websites on drupal platform. This session would be great for entrepreneurs like me

I am interested in the bidding info. Sometimes I feel like the site dev is the easy part but the approval is where all the time is spent.

I am interested in the bidding info. Sometimes I feel like the site dev is the easy part but the approval is where all the time is spent.

Will this session be available as a video after DrupalCon San Francisco 2010?

+1 on the video question. Any plans for this?

This session is planned to be streamed live. Check this link:

Enjoy watching it live!

Great!! I am in process of setting up a drupal consulting and look forward to this session.