Geordan Richardson, who has just completed his first year of Business studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology, has put into practice what he learned in the classroom.
The Blackrock student has set up his own self-publishing company, writing and publishing two books himself.
The business idea started in lockdown, and Geordan was keen to try a commercial model like publishing to see how he would fair launching his own business.
“I originally started with my first title, Simple Smart Spanish, which is a beginner’s guide to Spanish. I had researched different mechanisms for publishing and decided on the Amazon self-publishing model.”
Geordan is a past-pupil of De La Salle College in Dundalk and after completing his Leaving Cert, decided to go to DkIT as it allowed him to stay local, keep his part-time job, and he was also particularly attracted to the modules offered in the Business degree at DkIT.
Geordan credits some the modules he has already studied during his first year for helping him to set up his own business.
"Modules such as marketing, accounting, economics and quantitative techniques have all helped me in some way whilst running my start-up business,” he said.
Now Geordan is about to launch his second book, a murder-mystery titled A Principal Murder, and hopes to also help others publish their books through his publishing business called Geordan Richardson Publishing. He can be contacted through his social media channels and hopes to diversify his offerings into other genres.
Shane Hill, Head of Department of Management & Financial Studies at DkIT adds “We are delighted to learn of Geordan’s Business successes and wish him all the very best with his venture, and indeed future studies on our Bachelor of Business (Hons),” Shane Hill, Head of Department of Management & Financial Studies at DkIT said.
“This 3 Year, Full-Time honours (Level 8) degree affords learners the opportunity to develop Business Management and Entrepreneurial skills, as well as much in demand qualities such as teamwork, communication, adaptability, independent work as well as collaboration and problem solving”.