Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />We shall talk about<br /><ul><li>Why (and When) to start a documentation c...
Why (and When) NOT to start a documentation company
What you need (Preliminary checklist)
Some pointers
The fun, fulfillment, challenge, rewards</li></ul>We shall NOT talk about<br /><ul><li>How: Technical details such as how ...
Lifecycle: The lifecycle of an organization</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Year 2013<br />Successful <br />Entrepreneur!<br />Happy and Proud<br />Fa...
Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2009<br />Raise a Child?<br />Start a Company?<br />Vinish ...
Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2009<br />No -> Why Not?<br />Raise a Child?<br /><ul><li>R...
Demanding schedule (cannot commit TIME)
Financial security/stability
Scared to deal with nasty kids
Not keeping good health</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2009<br />Start My Own<br />Company?<br />No -> Why Not?<br...
Funding
Not sure about skills–business development, accounts and finances, legal issues
Fear of failure
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Starting a Technical Documentation Company

  1. 1. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  2. 2. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />We shall talk about<br /><ul><li>Why (and When) to start a documentation company
  3. 3. Why (and When) NOT to start a documentation company
  4. 4. What you need (Preliminary checklist)
  5. 5. Some pointers
  6. 6. The fun, fulfillment, challenge, rewards</li></ul>We shall NOT talk about<br /><ul><li>How: Technical details such as how to write business plan, to prepare balance sheet, or to prepare documentation plans
  7. 7. Lifecycle: The lifecycle of an organization</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  8. 8. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Year 2013<br />Successful <br />Entrepreneur!<br />Happy and Proud<br />Father!<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  9. 9. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2009<br />Raise a Child?<br />Start a Company?<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  10. 10. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2009<br />No -> Why Not?<br />Raise a Child?<br /><ul><li>Relocation (change of job)
  11. 11. Demanding schedule (cannot commit TIME)
  12. 12. Financial security/stability
  13. 13. Scared to deal with nasty kids
  14. 14. Not keeping good health</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  15. 15. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2009<br />Start My Own<br />Company?<br />No -> Why Not?<br /><ul><li>Demanding family commitments
  16. 16. Funding
  17. 17. Not sure about skills–business development, accounts and finances, legal issues
  18. 18. Fear of failure
  19. 19. Financial security is more important</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  20. 20. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />2009 to 2011<br />NoChild!<br />Not My Own Company!<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  21. 21. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2011<br />Child? Yes!<br /><ul><li>I am 31 and right age…
  22. 22. Life with spouse is fun but static… OR
  23. 23. Life with spouse is not excellent, I need emotional support…
  24. 24. All my friends have kids… <tricky>
  25. 25. I am financially equipped to raise a child…
  26. 26. I can commit for 24X7, and I can afford unconditional love…
  27. 27. I am ready to handle a difficult kid…</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  28. 28. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2011<br />My Own Company? Yes!<br />Why I Wanted To…<br /><ul><li>Dissatisfaction (want to do it MY way)?
  29. 29. Monotonous (need variety and challenge)?
  30. 30. Business references (foresee monetary benefits)?
  31. 31. Learning stagnation?
  32. 32. If they can, why not me?
  33. 33. Layoff/Relocation, Job search?</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  34. 34. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2011<br />My Own Company? Yes!<br />Why Not: What All I HAD<br /><ul><li>Experience, Skill, Minimum funding
  35. 35. At least ONE business lead
  36. 36. The vision and the confidence to work independently</li></ul>Positive Signs that I Was Ready<br /><ul><li>Had reasonable workload (had to turndown business)
  37. 37. Could foresee at least one year’s business (sales funnel full)
  38. 38. Had basic management skills (man/time/task/resources)</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  39. 39. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2011<br />My Own Company? Yes!<br />Primary Checklist: What All I Needed<br /><ul><li>Minimum of one business lead (confirmed project/client)
  40. 40. Business plan, vision, roadmap
  41. 41. Basic planning (proprietorship, partnership, home/office)
  42. 42. Funding (PCs, software, facilities, website)
  43. 43. Marketing policies (competitors, promotion, social media)
  44. 44. Pricing structure
  45. 45. Develop website and stationery</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  46. 46. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2011<br />My Own Company? Yes!<br />Primary Checklist: What All I Needed<br /><ul><li>Consult an advocate or attorney to register the company name, logo, copyright issues, legal policies, agreements…
  47. 47. Accounts (hire? outsource? self?)
  48. 48. Internal Policies (IT, HR, business, agreements)</li></ul>Action – space, software, basic facilities, and begin the job<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  49. 49. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2011<br />My Own Company? Yes!<br />The SHIFT is Key: From Employed or from Freelancer?<br /><ul><li>Business development skills
  50. 50. you work only if you generate work
  51. 51. Project ownership
  52. 52. no boss or manager to fall back on
  53. 53. Earn only if you deliver
  54. 54. value of timely and quality delivery</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  55. 55. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Flashback Year 2011<br />In The Beginning<br />Baby<br /><ul><li>Play and give everything...
  56. 56. First smile, sits, stands…
  57. 57. First words, walk, run…</li></ul>Business<br /><ul><li>Give everything to 1st task…
  58. 58. First project meeting…
  59. 59. First delivery, payment…</li></ul>Planning is a Never Ending Process, 24X7 Job, No VacationsorWeekends, Prepare for Unexpected, Spouse is SECONDpriority… <br />BUT for FruitsandRewards!<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  60. 60. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />2011 to 2013<br />TheApproach<br />Baby<br /><ul><li>Sought suggestions
  61. 61. Joined communities
  62. 62. Outsourcing–School, Piano
  63. 63. Multiple roles (teacher, friend, guide, babysitter)</li></ul>Business<br /><ul><li>Learning organization
  64. 64. Social media, networking, STC
  65. 65. Outsourcing–Accounts, SEO
  66. 66. Multiple roles (editor, designer, tester)
  67. 67. Accidental/Windfall…God sent opportunity 
  68. 68. Plan B…Prepared for unexpected</li></ul>Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  69. 69. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />Some Lessons<br /><ul><li>Sales funnel…
  70. 70. Tough decisions…
  71. 71. Multi-tasking…
  72. 72. It is important to enjoy</li></ul>Year 2013<br />JOY… REWARDS… FULFILLMENT…<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  73. 73. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />About ME<br /><ul><li>Director Operations, Technical Documentation, vhite
  74. 74. Published Author
  75. 75. Cricket Enthusiast, Avid Photographer
  76. 76. Chandigarh, INDIA</li></ul>Contact<br />Email: vinish.garg@vhite.com<br />Company Website: http://www.vhite.com<br />Personal Blog: http://www.vinishgrg.wordpress.com<br />Disclaimers and Copyrights<br />This presentation is a copyright work of vhite systems. The vhite logo is a trademark of vhite and all other graphics used in this document are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved worldwide.<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />
  77. 77. Starting a Technical Documentation Company<br />QUIZ TIME<br /><ul><li>The satisfaction of participation
  78. 78. TheMUG of joy</li></ul>Answers<br />Late 1970s…. (2) 40-60% (3) Index <br />True (5) An en dash (6) No <br />1st and 3rd sentences are in active voice<br />(8) Yes (9) Print View (10) True<br />Vinish GargSTC India Summit Bangalore, 08 May 2011<br />

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