Yep, I've made most my income in the past two years by offering training workshops to the general public. We get about 20-30 people into a room for 4-8 hours. Some fraction of them then hire us to work with their organisation, e.g. in an advisor or coach role, or hosting team retreats. A sold out one-day workshop can net €5000.
It's growing into a good business, we keep steadily increasing our fees (while doing a lot of pro bono) and there's reasonably high demand if you're willing to travel through Europe. Some of our distinctive features:
- more lived experience within decentralised orgs than most consultants
- extensive networks due to Loomio & Enspiral
- super engaging participatory pedagogy (blog)
- agnostic about what is the "right" structure; we're not strongly opinionated about what your group should look like, just that you should talk about it together and make something that works for everyone
In 2019 we're focussing on deeper engagements, e.g. I want to see if we can get about 5 teams of about 5 people to share the cost of a 3 day intensive learning retreat, going deep on their own org challenges while building networks.
My hunch is there's a good business model in a more "program" approach. E.g., get people into a small cohort, connect with each other with a few online calls, give them pre recorded video content, and then bring them physically together for a couple of days. Maybe it takes 6 weeks or 6 months in total.