Finding top computer training courses has never been easier than is true today; one click of the mouse and (assuming the correct search term is used) myriad opportunities become evident. In this post, we’ll discuss computer training and more importantly, why it is crucial for business management as well as personal use. To begin with, one of the resources we’ve located (and free) can be found at GCFlearnfree.org. This website is among the most user-friendly and non-intimidating we’ve ever come across! It’s obvious the creators understood their target demographic (beginners) and designed the website accordingly. Although difficult to believe, there are still some who don’t understand the basics of using computers and as usually true; when such niche markets appear and require services, savvy entrepreneurs build businesses to accommodate need.
Here are a few areas (but not limited to) which new users should pay particular attention to when learning new computing skills;
Getting to know computers
Understanding operating systems
Understanding desktop and laptop applications
Basics parts of a desktop-laptop computer
Buttons, sockets and slots on desktop and laptop computers
Inside a desktop and laptop computer
Learning the basics will open up a whole new world of technology for learners, teach online lifestyle as well as reveal unlimited amounts of information on virtually any topic of interest. The above list, although basic, isn’t meant to insulting or otherwise patronize new e-learners. If we could summarize them, it would be as follows; learning how computers work and why they are important. There are many entrepreneurs who, although not understanding basics of computer use, do possess a type of technology not unlike basic desktop and/or laptop devices; mobile phones. Dare we say; if one can grasp the basics of mobile-smartphone use, computers, although larger, are a ‘walk in the park’.
To most, it seems implausible that successful businesses exist without regular use of computer technology but having consulted for many small businesses over the years, we say with 100% surety; not only do such enterprises exist, most thrive. One of our consultants visited a ‘historic district’ in the city of Denver, Colorado. While walking down the street admiring various businesses and shops in the area, one caught his attention; an antique and knick-knack shop. It had been located in the district for decades and except for a cash register, no other type of technology was present. Of course – the consultant immediately thought – “Wow! This retail shop could be an online auction gold mine”. Alas, the business owner, while flattered, had little interest in such a venture although it would have, at minimum, quadrupled sales and profits. The thought of using a computer which the owner, by their own admission, had little understanding of, was worth forsaking business building sales and profits.
We told this story to point out although basics computer and Internet use isn’t required to operate a successful business, there are other management functions which are, whether business owners choose to participate or not;
; there yet remains a niche group, nationwide, of businesses which specialize in tax preparation. However; the vast majority, even if their clients choose to forego technology use, use computers-software to prepare returns.
; even if foregoing tech use in daily business management, supplies (inventory), maintenance or other functions which are a normal part of managing a business brings with it vendors who service the business through use of computers and software.
; whether federal, state or even local government agencies (not to mention incorporation), most require some form of annual filing to remain in good-standing. Although this can be done manually, computer based (Internet) management is available and often, more cost effective. As an example; in Colorado, business incorporation, when performed manually (snail-mail filing) costs $125 while electronic options are only $75.
Once the basics of computer use are grasped, there are other areas we recommend becoming familiar with. While we’d hardly label these ‘advanced’ topics, ‘intermediary’ would be a great way to describe them. These are (but not limited to) as follows;
For those who may not know; in the last 18 months or so, reports from very reputable websites such as TechCrunch, Wired as well as others, have shouted from the roof-top concerning the future (or lack thereof) of both desktop and laptop computers. As with all information even when true, it must be examined in the light of ‘agenda’. While we’d hardly argue against the diminishing use of desktop-laptop computers in favor of tablet and other mobile devices, the reader must understand that mobile technology is hardly at a place where computer ‘power-users’ can effectively implement them as a go-to business management option.
Here are areas we’ve found mobile devices lacking in;
Creating dynamic business documents
; seriously and even among the most tech savvy – when is the last time you’ve created an Adobe business document (from start to finish) on a mobile device?
Multimedia business branding design
; need we go into the severe lack of applications available on mobile devices to perform this function?
; of all issues listed and especially for those using content management systems as website platforms, from start to finish, can you imagine trying to build (let alone manage) back office functions on a tablet or smartphone? It is our opinion that at this point, they are for nothing more than note taking, staying connected, streaming content, research and shooting video (if not producing and managing dynamic content).
More than anything, it is time to begin the journey of becoming familiar with computer systems for both business and personal use. It is really not as intimidating as it may seem.