I’m kinda interested in starting my own business helping folks switch to open source and(?) privacy-respecting solutions for their individual needs (as in, not enterprise IT solutions). Wondering if anyone has any experience or knowledge about this kind of thing.

@fruechtchen
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I guess the only way to do that would probably be to host services like email, nextcloud, VPN, for your users. helping them to switch is probalby not really sustainable and much stuff is found on the internet in that regard.

I think targeting companies is more financially sustainable and also can be done ethically. see for instance https://it-kollektiv.com/tech-coops-at-35c3-report-and-talk/ which also discusses starting their own ethical business.

Like, if you have other small companies as clients, it is much more likely that you can work full-time. It is also possible to do that with having regular cititzens as clients, but you will probably need more time. I think this is the way posteo.de has started.

The experience of drewdevault might also be interesting, as he works full time on open source, financed by donations

@librelove
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Makes sense, thanks for the tips!

@ajz
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Sounds nice. Are you thinking about hosting something yourself or for example doing computer installations with Linux ? I can imagine that in some areas “hacklabs” and Linux User Groups are already doing the latter

This person might be interesting to check out :

https://mastodon.nzoss.nz/@lightweight

https://davelane.nz/

@librelove
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right now I’m just trying to brainstorm so I was just wondering what’s out there already. I’m thinking it would be something that benefits from being available physically or by being in the same city/state/region

thanks for the links!

@SnowCode
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I also wants to do this!

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