$$ for SQL mentoring... anyone??

I realize that if you are a SQL expert, you don't need extra cash for mentoring someone. But its just one of those times where I happen to need help, and I'm hoping you'll feel the need to :)

I wouldn't continue to take up your time, I would just like to pay you for an hour or two of your time and its up to me to get it or not.

If you have SQL reporting expertise and can help me connect the dots on a few questions, it would really help me get a jump start in the direction I'm trying to head technically.

I also realize I can ask questions on here and wait for responses, but it would just make more sense to get direct questions answered though a more direct communication with each other.

Thank you! Shelly

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asked Jun 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM in Default

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I have never seen a resource better than this site. Usually, it does not take a long time to get an answer here. Sometimes people answering questions have to spend well more than an hour or two to get to the bottom of the problem if it is complicated enough. Whether you find a for hire resource or not, please come back to this site with any questions you have anyway.

Jun 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM Oleg

@Oleg - that's the beauty of the SQL Server community... so many people who just want others to enjoy it and succeed as well.

Jun 10, 2011 at 11:49 AM Blackhawk-17

@oleg I totally agree with you. However, this is a interesting experiment too for busy professionals who wants to get upto speed on single technology by paying experienced Pros for a few hours without spending too much time researching. I sure would like to know if it works for @SQLShelly.

Jun 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM DaniSQL

Yes, this site and SSC are good, but don't misunderestimate the MSDN site, e.g., http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd220467.aspx. I learned a lot there quick.

Jun 10, 2011 at 12:40 PM Mark
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The comments above are absolutely correct. There isn't a better SQL resource online for getting a question answered than here. However....

There are also so many resources available online such as videos on youtube and other webcasts that have been recorded. I have gotten started with reporting services from installation, configuration, and publishing reports all from blogs and web casts. Not to plug a particular company or another site but BIDN and PragmaticWorks have a great deal of free resources available online.

If you are just really looking for a hands on experience check with a local user group and see if there is a reporting person within that group. I am sure they would be willing to give you the pointers you need as a professional courtesy. To find a local chapter near you click here

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answered Jun 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM

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In addition to what everyone else says, mentoring is a pretty personal experience. Yeah, you could pay people to take on that job, but you want to be sure that you have a good fit with that person, that your communication styles match, all sorts of things like that. Better to interact online for a bit with a few people, see how they respond to questions, then approach them directly. I know it doesn't answer your need immediately, but it'll answer your need better.

Otherwise, you're just talking about paying for a little bit of consulting time, which is completely different. A lot of us on here do consulting on the side.

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answered Jun 11, 2011 at 04:07 AM

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  • or even have consulting as a proffesstion, and contribute to this forum on the side :)

Jun 13, 2011 at 12:03 AM Håkan Winther
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Along with what @TRAD mentioned on the local PASS group you may also check out the two links I provided below, with explanation after each one...

These are in-person events that are usually free to attend, maybe a few bucks for lunch. It may cost a little money to get to them if you are willing to travel, but what is the difference if you were going to pay someone. You basically just pay for travel and maybe lodging but the interaction you can get from these events are timeless. You will come away with more knowledge than you got there with, if you are open to it. As well you will be able to network and find folks in the same boat as you, or that have worked through what you are dealing with.

These are online but offer another venue of topics. It will depend on how the webcast are setup but they do allow some interaction by either calling into the conference line or using mic through your computer. Then other times you can just type in your questions and the moderator gets the speaker to answer it.

Similar to the last one.

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answered Jun 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

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I would suggest asking your questions here first of all. That way you will get many responses and are likely to get lots of peoples experience and expertise and many minds are better than one. In the rare chance that you dont get a rapid response here then having one of us as a mentor wont really have helped...

There is a mentoring experiment going on at http://thementoringexperiment.org/. I have and I would recommend anyone else registers there as the project is due for expansion once the first tranche is complete.

In order to get a rapid response you could cross-post questions between here and the sql server central forums at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/ but you will manage multiple responses and that could become a headache.

If it all fails after a while then by all means contact someone and strike up a private arrangement and see if that works better for you. We tackle all sorts of topics here - technical SQL DB, SSRS, SSIS, SSAS along with project suggestions, theory, salary and management and some light hearted puzzles.

One thing for sure, there is never a shortage of quality opinion, well expressed with no malice, simply well intended SQL professionals looking to help others who at that moment have a problem.

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