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IT Training for the Small Business
By Valeria Stephens

There are a number of reasons to seek out IT training if you are the owner of a small business. First of all it lets you save money by taking care of your needs yourself, increasing your profits. However, you should also consider that in today's business world it's impossible to get by without computers and there's many advantages for mastering their use beyond simply staying afloat.

Retail businesses of all kinds make increasing use of inventory management software. With this sort of IT training you can learn what is and isn't selling out of your store, and what days and weeks in the year have the most and least customers. If you're a creative professional or trades person, whether you're a carpenter or a graphic designer, there's a software suite to suit every profession, from computer aided design to photography editing. Even if your business is as straight forward as snow removal, you can still track clients and map out routes. And if you have employees, payroll software lets you make sure you'll avoid morale destroying mistakes.

IT training will also prepare you to digitize your company's records, useful when your space to keep tax necessary paperwork is limited, and becoming your own IT technician will let you administrate your own servers or other computer driven utilities. Enough programming knowledge and you can also write software to suit your exact needs, and maybe even market it to competitors.

Even if you don't intend to sell your services or products outside your community, in this day and age it is far too cheap and easy to forgo the advertising and communication advantages of having a web site. Even if you just list the location of your business, you increase your search-ability for hardly more than the effort it takes to put the information out there. You can hire someone else to do your web page, which will require regular updates for content and maintenance, as well as problems with access and compatibility if you switch between designers, or you can take some web design courses and discover how easy the basics can be.

If this seems like the right plan for you, you may be wondering where to start. Just as computers become increasingly common, programs and courses have mushroomed, both as a part of existing schools and offered through newly opened institutions. Whether your computer college is part of a larger body of programs and faculties or run with a single focus, given your commitments, you'll want to look for something that focuses on part time offerings that fit your schedule. You may even benefit from distance education, another thing now commonly facilitated by the wide availability of computers, where you can even experience live lectures from the comfort of your home, or small business office of course!

Visit Oulton College for more information on IT training.

Valeria Stephens is a Copywriter at Higher Education Marketing, a leading Web marketing firm specializing in Google Analytics, Education Lead Generation, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Mobile SMS Alerts, Social Media Marketing and Pay Per Click Marketing, among other Web marketing services and tools.

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