Is Instructor Led IT Training more Efficient? {Infographic}

 

With global spending on IT set to cross $4 Billion, many organizations still are challenged to train employees properly to meet the demands of growing technology.

There will a high demand for IT professionals in the coming years, expected to grow by 53% by 2020.IT led training

In a recent report by AIM, only 10% of business users surveyed said that the vast majority of their company’s information was search. There is a gap for most organizations.

Over a third surveyed said 25% or less of their information was searchable online. That is a high percentage of companies lacking in a very important area. The need for quality SEO companies remains high. These organizations are leaving a ton of revenue on the table with their search shortcomings. It’s inexcusable not be found in search, it has change for those companies if they are to survive and prosper.

Benefits of Instructor Led IT training

Formal training offers many advantages over self-taught or online environments. For one, completion of the curriculum in a timely matter is much greater when a course is instructor led.

Hands on practice is generally more complex, and ability to ask questions to a qualified instructor is invaluable.

If formal training saves two days for each day of training, it is financially cost-effective for the organization.

Does your company train its employees ongoing? Is this focused with training with a qualified instructor? What have the results been?

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Taming Tech-Age Troubles: When NOT to DIY

 

For small business owners, “do it yourself” (DIY) tends to be the default when it comes to managing a business. After all, budgets are tight (or completely nonexistent) and we want to keep an eye on where we’re spending money. Taking care of certain business tasks on your own is typically fine, but some things are best left to the professionals.

How do you know if you’re better off hiring someone else to take care of an issue?

  • It will be more time-consuming to complete it yourself.
  • It requires a higher level of technical skill than you possess.
  • The task stresses you out.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Computer Issues

You’re probably comfortable installing updates when your computer prompts you to, but if your computer’s gone wonky, you need to back up data, or want to install software, you might be better off calling the pros.

Companies like Geek Squad offer affordable computer troubleshooting and assistance, and can remove viruses and spyware or help you set up a wireless network. Prices start at under $200, and you have the option for remote assistance.

Graphic or Web Design

When I first formed my marketing company, I was convinced if I understood the basics of using Photoshop, I could design my logo and website. Ha. Twenty hours later, I was a sweating mess, cussing at my computer. (There’s a clue you shouldn’t DIY!) Now I leave the design work to professionals who can complete what took me days in just a matter of hours. My site and branding look more professional, and not as if a five-year-old created them.

Hundreds of graphic design and web design companies will be more than happy to share their portfolios for your perusal; pick the one whose style best reflects your desired design. Or go with a crowdsourcing design site like 99designs. You enter the specs on what you’re looking for (modern-style logo using green and blue) and dozens of designers will submit options. You choose the one you like best and pay a flat fee (typically under $500).

WordPress or Website Issues

While plenty of easy-to-use content management systems (CMS) exist to help even the least tech-savvy entrepreneur create a website, sometimes issues crop up that fall outside your scope. I know I’ve had trouble editing WordPress themes to change the color or remove a sidebar. The danger of DIY here is you can screw up your website, which won’t help you attract new visitors or clients!

Fantasktic solves WordPress issues like those pesky 404 pages, as well as assists with migrating your website to a new host, for $99 per issue. Not bad, considering how much time you’d waste trying to fix it yourself.

Social Media Management

I know plenty of small business owners who are adept at updating their Twitter and Facebook pages. Kudos to them. But I know others who either only update once a month, or have given up completely. Let me be clear: You need a presence on social media, whether or not you “get it.” If your customers are spending time on social sites, you need a regularly-updated profile wherever they hang out.

That being said, if you’re not the best person for the job, it’s worth the expense to hire a social media professional or firm to take over the management of your accounts. With a little help from someone with social media savvy, you stay “top of mind” with your followers while you build brand recognition online.

Accounting

Again, some business owners have no issue handling this task, but for those with a bigger staff or more complex accounting concerns, doing it themselves can prove disastrous—and could even lead to an audit. Keeping detailed accounting records of expenses and income is a requirement for every business, so if you’re not able to juggle your own finances, find someone who can.

The idea of hiring a small business accountant might make you cringe, but many work on demand, meaning you only pay when they update your accounts. That makes them more affordable than full-time accountants.

SEO

This is another field that might require more technical skill than you’re ready to deal with. Great search engine optimization (SEO) requires ongoing development of your content marketing and keywords. If you don’t have the time or understanding to work on moving up search results, hire a professional.

Investing money, especially hundreds or thousands of dollars, can be daunting for a small business. But in critical areas essential to your business’ growth, it’s worth the investment; spending a little can net you big results.

Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an Internet marketing firm specializing in marketing communications, copywriting and blog posts. She’s also the founder of How to Create a Press Release, a free resource for business owners. She’s written three books: DIY Press Releases: Your Guide to Becoming Your Own PR Consultant, 101 Entrepreneur Tips and Internet Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs, and contributes to several sites, including ChamberofCommerce.com, The Marketing Eggspert Blog, CorpNet, Small Business Trends, and BizLaunch. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing.

Does Your Website Need a Facelift?

 

It’s starting to seem like the Internet has been around since the beginning of time. I can hardly imagine a time without using the Web to help me get through my everyday life. I found myself unexpectedly without my iPhone last week, and let’s just say,I was lost. Access to the Web has become easier, and because of that, we spend even more time on the Internet each day.

Since we’ve agreed that the Internet has been around for what feels like forever, maybe it’s time to evaluate how your own website is aging as well. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to make sure you still have a dynamic and useful website:

Do I have any coding or scripting errors?

This one is pretty basic, but it’s a good idea to browse your site from the front end and see if you see any glaring errors. If you primarily update your site from the back end, you may not notice any coding or scripting errors.

Do other people in my industry have better websites?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; it’s important to check out other websites that are similar in scope and content to yours. While I am by no means advising you to rip off your competition, knowing what they are doing may give you some ideas of what you could do better on your own website.

Is my site mobile friendly?

When the Internet was first invented, mobile sites weren’t even a thought in a developer’s head. But now, it’s pretty important to make your website mobile friendly, or even develop a mobile-friendly platform, such as m.yourbusiness.com instead of just yourbusiness.com

Do I have any outdated information?

Sometimes information on websites doesn’t seem like it needs to be updated, such as homepage info, hours, or even a menu. But even the smallest changes can become obvious when a user logs onto your site. Make sure that you are double checking all of your information from the perspective of someone who just casually stumbles upon your site.

If you don’t feel like you have the time to check for all of these things yourself, consider hiring someone to revamp your site. If you don’t want an entire site overhaul, it shouldn’t be too pricey to have someone correct any errors that you might have. Otherwise, it’s important to glance over your own site occasionally and make sure that everything looks good!

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.