Basic Tech Skills That Entrepreneurs Can’t Be Without In 2017

As an entrepreneur, you will already know that technology plays a huge part in modern business. In fact, without it, you probably wouldn’t have been able to get your new company off the ground.

Despite this fact, though, there are still lots and lots of entrepreneurs out there who are unable to carry out the simplest of tech tasks. And it is all because their tech skills aren’t quite up to scratch. Sure, you can always hire a contractor to come and sort out all your tech for you. But if you are able to do it yourself, you will find that you save a lot of money.

So which tech skills do you need to make sure are in your skill set? Here are some of the most basic ones that entrepreneurs can’t be without in 2017.

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Communication

Communication may be a very obvious skill that any business owner will need, but with new technologies come new channels of communication. And you must be able to master as many of these as you can. First of all, you need to know how to effectively manage your inbox so that it doesn’t quickly fill up with hundreds of unread emails. There are several keyboard shortcuts that you should know. These can help you quickly navigate around your inbox, making it easier to find certain emails. You also need to make sure that you know how to effectively communicate on social media. In fact, this is quickly becoming a much more important channel of communication compared to email! Rather than struggling to manage all your company’s social media accounts separately, you should bring them together in one app, such as Hootsuite. You will then find your social media communication becomes a lot more efficient!

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The Cloud

Just ten years ago, we were all saving our important data and information onto hard drives such as USB sticks and CD-ROMS. These storage devices are still available, but more and more business owners are choosing to save all of their sensitive data in the cloud. Eventually, you can expect all of your data to end up in the cloud, so it is a good idea to become well-versed in this software right now. You need to make sure that you understand the cloud and how you can use it. Once you get the basic idea, you then need to understand how you can use it to collaborate with others. For instance, working on and sharing documents with others on Google Drive and sharing files with others on Dropbox. You should also make sure that you have a good understanding of how you can use the cloud to improve your business’s security.

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Online Bookkeeping And Accounting

Unless you have the finances to employ a dedicated financial department in your business, you are going to have to take care of your own books and taxes. It is crucial that you make sure your books are always up to date and kept in an organized fashion. If they aren’t, you may struggle to provide the tax man with the correct information at the end of the tax year. There is one very easy way to keep on top of your company’s financial records, though. And that is by doing all your bookkeeping and accounting online. There is a great choice of different software that can help you with all of this. You will find software for payroll, bookkeeping, billing, and keeping receipts organized. Make sure you also get some FCA compliance it support as well so that you know everything you’re doing is above board.

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Mobile Knowledge

Did you know that more people check the Internet on their cell phone and tablet devices compared to on laptops and computers? It’s true; the mobile revolution is happening now! Because of this, it is incredibly important that you know what this means for your company. You should make sure that your website is optimized for viewing on a mobile and tablet screen as soon as possible. It could also be useful to start looking into ways in which your business can start to generate money from all these mobile users.

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Coding

Coding is so important these days that many schools are now starting to teach it to kids! Do you really want to be shown up by a ten-year-old? Of course not! So now is the time to start honing your coding skills. There are a few different types of coding. For instance, you might prefer to learn HTML. Alternatively, you could always work on your CSS skills. These two are the most popular types of coding currently for websites. Even if you have employed a couple of developers already, you will find it extremely useful to know how to code as well. You’ll be able to jump in on any projects that you think could do with a bit of a helping hand! Once you have mastered the basics of coding, you can always move on to learn the slightly more complicated bits. These include Java and Python.

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Graphic Design

Wish you could liven up your website and logo without hiring expensive designers? You can if you learn some graphic design skills! If you really work on your graphic design skills, you will be able to easily create some amazing design for your brand that can catch potential customers’ eyes. You may even attract a few new investors with your unique design! There are some basic things to bear in mind when you are playing with your brand and site design. Remember that the typeface and colors will say a lot about what your business is about. So think carefully before you commit to anything! It’s also a good idea to work on perfecting your skills on Adobe Photoshop so that you can create some eye-catching designs without too many problems!

Once you have all of these skills under your belt, you will find that running your business gets very easy. And you’ll be able to be extremely hands on in your company!

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