I am self employed. This page describes some things to give you an idea of where my money comes from (how you can help me keep my business sustainable) and where my money goes (what you're supporting when you support me).
My mission is to make the world a better place with quality software. I do this best by teaching others how to create quality software and hope they use what they learn to make their corner of the world a better place. So far this has gone very well. Many people have expressed to me that as a result of my teaching they've gotten jobs, pay raises, and increased productivity.
My business is profitable. Because of this success, I'm able to push my mission forward even better by offering a great deal of my time and knowledge for free in the form of open source, podcasts (1, 2, 3, 4), my blog, my YouTube channel, my Discord community, etc... However, for my business to be sustainable, I do have several ways that people give me money:
I have a handful of sources of income:
|EpicReact.dev||A collaborative effort to teach people React. It's packed full of knowledge, some of which is open source. I sell lifetime licenses to access the 350+ videos.||Engineers and their employers|
|Live Workshops||I sell individual tickets to workshops in collaboration with conferences or other partners. Sometimes I will sell an entire workshop or series of workshops to businesses for their engineers.||Engineers and their employers|
|Frontend Masters||Very similar to Egghead.||Engineers and their employers|
|Consulting||Occasionally someone will grab an hour of my paid time.||Engineers and their employers|
|Amazon Associates||All amazon links you find on my website have my Amazon Affiliate code attached to them and I get a tiny bit of money from that.||Amazon|
Mostly it's stuff like taxes, health insurance, office equipment, business-related travel, hosting costs, collaboration profit sharing, charity donations, Sponsoring other engineers on GitHub, and supporting software companies like Codesandbox. The rest comes to me personally to support my wife, four kids, and our dog and also to invest in our sustainability goals.
I'm doing my best to improve the climate sustainability of my company (as every company should) by investing in sustainable energy generation and transport. My eventual goal is to be carbon negative.
I will never ever ever sell user information.
I appreciate that you're even reading this section, so that's nice support in itself 💖. If you want to financially support me, then buying any of my courses is a great way to both support me and get something out of it yourself. There is profit sharing with my courses though (because I collaborate with others on those to make them as good as they are), so I don't get 100% of what you're paying. If that's what you want, then GitHub Sponsors is the best way to support me and ensure I get everything you're sending me. You could also send me a one-time tip to PayPal.me/kcdtech.
I hope this transparency page gives you an idea of what my incentives are and if you're one of the terrific people who benefit from my free stuff I hope you use that to make your corner of the world a better place. If you're one of the people helping me keep this sustainable by giving me money in one way or another then I thank you all the more.