I presented a webcast this week for the PASS Professional Development Virtual Chapter covering how to get into consulting or contracting. You can watch it now on YouTube: If you like that session, you’ll probably enjoy my past blog posts on consulting & contracting.Read
You get paid for work that falls into one of these four boxes: Types of Business Pains 1. Not urgent, mild or no business pain Examples: “I’m curious and I just wondered something.” “I want to know best practices for ___.” “Fragmentation is high, and I want help fixing it.” To solve these kinds of pains, build blog posts, YouTube videos, or other self-help resources that people can consume on their own time. Expect to get a lot of “just curious” questions from the readers. But don’t expect any direct revenue. I’m not saying you shouldn’t build it – building…Read
Sales and marketing boils down to these four things: A product – in this case, your skills A brand – what you want people to think of when they think of your product Marketing – getting people to think what you want them to think Sales – getting them to fork over money for your product When most people enter the job market, they only have a product – but no brand or marketing. As a result, their sales effort is hard as hell. With every single sales attempt, you have to convince the hiring managers that your product is the…Read
Growing up, when I heard “dress for the job you want,” I thought they meant everybody should aspire to wear suits and ties. After all, that’s what the supposedly powerful executives have, right? Photography by the awesome Justin Bailie Nope. It means that if you don’t want a suit job, don’t wear a suit. It took me years to realize that I wanted to be surrounded by coworkers I like and respect. People who accept their coworkers for who they are – regardless of clothes, college diploma, car/motorcycle/bike, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. I’d long figured it out by the time Jeremiah, Kendra, and I…Read
Today is the day you stop being afraid. SQLbits Speaker and Topic Board For a long time, you’ve been telling yourself, “Yeah, I should probably start blogging one of these days,” but you’re afraid. Afraid someone else has already written about a topic. Afraid that your writing isn’t impressive enough. Afraid nobody will leave a comment. Well, Ed Leighton-Dick is calling your bluff. His #SQLNewBlogger Challenge is a dare to publish one new post per week, every Tuesday in April. If you’re a new blogger, here’s how I’d do it: Sign up for a blog at WordPress. Use your name as…Read
I spoke at my local SQL Server user group last month. I delivered one of my very favorite presentations, and it’s got one of my favorite punch lines. I ask the attendees where SQL Server does its sorting, and someone inevitably answers TempDB. I then say, “Yes, TempDB – or as I call it….” TempDB: SQL Server’s Public Toilet You have no idea what other filthy, disgusting things people are doing in TempDB. It’s a sloppy mess. I’m quite proud of that slide, and every single time I deliver that punch line – every time – it brings the house…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.