My company decided to skill a set of roughly 75 people in a particular technology in which I am proficient at.
I am responsible on managing money for this task, and I have been involved in other decisions of this kind in the past.
I have uploaded to a well-known site a course that is precisely on spot for what the company needs, and it has been posted BEFORE the company reached me with this need. I created it on personal time, and no one paid me to do that. The income is split between me and the portal who takes a percentage. The course is well known in the portal, and is one of the most rated, so I know it is a good choice.
I asked 3 senior developers to review the best 3 courses on the site with no names on them, and 2 came back to me saying mine was the best.
The course is cheap (15 € more or less) and in budget, and I am considering recommending this solution over other courses or a teacher that can ask way more.
I see 2 problems here:
- since the course is a good choice objectively, could it be a bad practice to choose it from the pool of solutions?
- If I go with this solution, which can bring me a good income, how can I avoid my firm asking to make the course free to people during work time?
EDIT: I think there is something that is missing here, probably because english is not my first language so maybe i phrased this bad.
Is not in my mind to choose this course and don't disclose is mine. What I wanted to ask is how to approach a POSSIBLE request to give this course away during work time and getting no income from it.
The role I have in this company has no link with the skill in the course, so I think I should'nt give that skill away for free because basically is not requested in my contract.