By jmcp on May 22, 2008
I met a bloke called Arjen Lentz years ago. And I do mean years ago. Via HUMBUG, a user group I joined at its inception. He was with MySQL at the time, either their only or perhaps one of 2 employees that the company had in Australia.
He really drove home to me that it really was possible to work remotely from your boss, and from any other colleague, and develop software, and do so effectively.
Last year he moved on from MySQL to found his own consulting company, Open Query. Training, design, tuning... anything you want to do with MySQL (and PostgreSQL for that matter) he'll be able to help you do it. As far as I know, he's doing really well. I'm not sure that I'd like the startup-on-my-own thing - makes me just a little bit nervous right now - so I've got a lot of respect for those who do. (My best mate Leighton does this as well with Bare Metal Software).
If there's truly anybody out there who still wonders how you can make money from Open Source Software, Arjen is a great example - and he only lives about 10km from me