Appinstructor is the consulting company I started nearly five years ago. During that time, I've met other former fruit stand workers who do roughly the same thing. That's both a blessing and a curse of the internet. You think you're unique, until you find out there are 5,482 other people in the same boat. "Wow, you're just like me! You left Apple in order to train people on Apple products in the quiet and comfort of their own home! Neat! You like Evernote, OmniFocus, Squarespace, The Talk Show, the AeroPress, Square, Monument Valley, and Reeder, too? We're twinsies!" I digress.
Not being content with Twitter conversations, I started a Slack group for like-minded Apple consultants. Currently, there are twenty of us in the group. We've talked about how we chose our rate, what's our favorite non-nerd backup solution, why iPhoto can go ahead and just die, what we do for managing client notes, how to troubleshoot wifi the bestest, and doing client work on the weekend. It's a helpful community.
You don't have to be a former Apple employee to get in on this. If you are simply a friendly tech consultant or if you even work at an organization as an IT department of one, we'd love to have you join us. Go ahead and knock on the door: http://appinstructor.com/fellowship
By the way, this is just the beginning. There will be more efforts like this to increase our sharing of knowledge and advice. We're having too much fun to just stop here.