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8 Tech Skills for Entrepreneurs
Last week, we covered the Top 12 Life Skills For Entrepreneurs. Now it’s time to get a little less personal and enlighten you on the 8 irrefutable tech skills you will need to consider yourself an outstanding and knowledgeable entrepreneur.
In this world, there is close to nothing that money can’t buy. Your business can be easily enhanced with professionals for each specialist area mentioned in this article. However, if you decide to take it upon yourself to polish up your tech skills and/or learn something new, you’ll be a better entrepreneur for it. And a step closer to the perfect human being
Important Skill-set 2: Tech Skills
1. Social Media
Is your new best friend. Yes, it is also there for personal use but it is a remarkable and effective communication and marketing platform that you must take full advantage of. If you’re a professional entrepreneur, chances are you know how it’s done. If you’re not a professional, you can always hire a team to handle this process. Grasping this information is a good starting place if you don’t have experience.
You must understand how to most effectively communicate with your audience and manage customer support. You must be ready to not only make full use of the common networks such as Facebook and Twitter, but other smaller ones that might pop up later. The social media space is always evolving. You must evolve with it.
Your other best friends. Wireframing is very technical. If you know how to complete one, you understand how Web pages, software and apps are designed. You may not be interested in development, so you’ll need a team to handle this as well. However, if you master wireframes on your own, you will get better at communicating and communicating more openly.
As you can see, you can get quite creative and artsy with this one.
3. Learn to work with the cloud
Are you laughing because your local storage is maxed out and you haven’t even started working on anything business related? Get with the times! Everything is being stored on the Cloud now. Some services include Google Drive, Dropbox and Salesforce. Chances are you won’t be working alone, so getting familiar with these options will make you a more efficient collaborator with an improved competitive skill-set.
It will also make your life easier.
4. Basic HTML and CSS Coding
This is for all our ambitious readers and all the over-achievers out there that are interested in website design and administration. HTML is one of the most commonly used languages in Web development. You must have a basic understanding of the core technologies to improve your game. This will come in handy when you begin generating a Web page for your business. Of course, hiring a Web developer is an option, but don’t count on him to do all the work for you. Knowing the basics is mandatory.
5. SEO Marketing
SEO (search engine optimization, you should know this) is important in the world of marketing although not as impactful as it once was. If you don’t understand the basics of SEO and how to use it to your advantage, you’re behind. If you want your website to be seen by the world, get on with it.
Doing a good job with the SEO can keep your website visible for longer which will bring more traffic, consequently bringing you more potential business and you will begin to see results with higher profits.
6. Online Accounting and Bookkeeping
Does math make you nervous? You can always hire someone else to do this for you. Of all the skills, this one should be handed down to a professional probably. For now, you can benefit by understanding the process and you can always to do it yourself! You will need to focus your attention on online-based software as managing your books and finances is done this way nowadays.
The list of accounting software is endless, so choose any randomly! Just make sure you understand the software package you choose.
7. Graphic Design and Image Editing
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You will unmistakably be needing this in your skill-set. For one, you will have images on your website and they’ll need to be edited. If you don’t have any, chances are you’re really lost and confused. You will also need assistance in creating solid advertisements, fliers and other promotional materials for your brand. Understanding the fundamentals of graphic design is a must. Knowing how to edit images is a crucial skill if you want to stay up to date.
The software that will benefit you in the long run (familiarize yourself if you haven’t already), include Adobe Photoshop or Canva. Expect this to be one of the personal branding skills that companies and marketing firms look for.
8. Email Marketing and Communication
Is key. As an entrepreneur (or an aspiring one), you must be a hustler. It’s not enough to leave communication and outreach to your customer support and sales team. You will need to invest a lot of time into marketing and communicating via email if you want your business to prosper.
There is so much more to email marketing than sending out the standard blanket emails. You must have a very clear understanding of whom, when, and how you’re trying to communicate. When you manage to grasp the core ideas behind email marketing (and how significant it is), you can confidently reach out to your clients and be confident that you’re on the road to success if you do it right.
With a little effort (and a nice suit), you’ll be looking as professional as this guy.
Lastly, there is nothing extraordinary or impossible about these listed tech skills. If you master and practice all of them, you will be a positive force in your company and undoubtedly excel at whatever you set your mind to.
If you found this article useful, do read the previous one I’ve mentioned. It’s yet another useful place to look for answers and inspiration.
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Posted on August 25, 2015
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