5 Reasons Why Training Matters

 

When it comes to cutting costs in your business, you may decide to skimp on training. This is to your detriment. Training matters, for both you and the people who work with you. Here are five reasons why you need to make it a priority.

  1. You will build up your skill set

This is a no-brainer, of course, but this is the main reason why training needs to be high on your agenda. To do your job well, you need to look for the training courses that will improve your skill set, and help you overcome any weaknesses you may have. From learning IT skills with Visio training classes and other aspects of Microsoft Office to taking public speaking classes to help you with your business presentations, consider what training will be relevant to you and your team.

  1. You won’t need to outsource

You will be less reliant on outsourced help if you and your team are better equipped to carry out daily business tasks. Having covered any skill gaps, you won’t have to pay others to do the relevant jobs for you. While training can be expensive, it is cheaper in the long run when you aren’t reliant on hiring the services of others.

  1. You will increase productivity

Being better at your job means you will get work done more efficiently and to a better quality. There will be less need to correct mistakes, and you will have more time to deal with all the other tasks that befit your day. And the same is true of your team. Training will improve both their morale and competence, improving their productivity throughout the day. Again, this means your profits will increase, despite the expense of training at the outset. There will be less need to supervise your staff too, so both you and your team will be able to work without the need for management interruptions.

 

  1. You will enhance your business reputation

Want to beat your business rivals? Then fly the banner of your accreditations across your website and promotional materials. Being able to boast your credentials because of the training and qualifications you have received, you will earn the trust of customers, clients, and your investors.

 

  1. There is less risk of business failure

 

The risk of business failure is high, especially for newer startups, but training will reduce those risks. Not only will skill levels and productivity be enhanced, but there is the benefit of staying current too. By committing to training on a regular basis, you will stay up to date with new and emerging technologies, and will have a better understanding of newer business methods, such as the latest marketing trends. There will be less chance of falling behind the competition, which is one of the reasons why many businesses are sadly forced to close their doors.

 

Finally

 

Training matters, and we hope we have shown you why. You ignore it at your peril, so when working out your business expenses for the next quarter, factor in the relevant training as a priority. Both your business and the people who rely on your business will benefit as a result.

 

5 Ways To Diversify Your Income

 

 

When it comes to money, you can never have enough. Of course, you get those glorious people that always feel so content with what they have. While they may seem strange and insane to those of us that always need a little income boost, wouldn’t it be great to be in that position too? The best thing is, you can be. You just have to get smart about it. Whether you’re employed and work full-time in a company, you work from home, or you fall somewhere in-between, you can quite easily diversify your income in any way that you’d like. You just need to know what your options are. So if this sounds interesting to you and you’re interested in earning more each month, here’s what you can do.

 

  1. Create A Blog

First of all, you could create a blog. Now, this is something that so many people do – but it works. Here, you’d be looking to create content based around a topic that you either love or know lots about. It can seem quite intense, but it’s a great way to make sure that you’re able to keep this up. When you’re creating content, you can then look to earn money via advertising revenue. So start writing, get your site set up, and promote away!

 

  1. Create Products

The next thing to do would be to create some products that you can sell. Now, don’t worry too much, because you won’t have to start knitting or hammering away. Here we’re talking about information products, so things like downloadable eBooks or even courses online. Even if you think that you have no idea how to do this right now, you can learn. And the best part is, you only need to create one product and then watch your sales stack up over time.

 

  1. Join Affiliate Campaigns

Then, you’ve also got affiliate marketing that you can earn money with. This is something that you can do as a blogger, and earn money from via your blog. But you can also do it without blogging. Maybe you want to create a specific content site or you just want to be present on social media? Then you can still make money by recommending products and then earning a commission of any sale that you make.

 

  1. Start Trading

If you want to try something different, there’s also trading. Now, for this, you’ll want to start off slow. Find a platform, like CMC Markets, and invest a small amount and carefully. Make sure that you read up about online trading and stocks before you start, just to make sure you earn, not lose.

 

  1. Buy And Sell

Then, you’ve also got the option of buying and selling different things. Here, you’ve got a few options. You could look to hunt through flea markets or garage sales for things that you know you can then sell to make a profit. But then, you could also look to buy products from a wholesaler like Alibaba, and then sell them online to make a profit. Either way, buying and selling items can give you an additional source of income.

 

What exactly is a consultant?

I love social media. I love Facebook and Instagram mostly, and I do love Pinterest, but oh my gosh i is so easy to get lost on interest and not even realize that hours have passed while I busily look at things. And whatever I started looking at is miles away from where I end up. I might start looking for skincare products and end up looking at recipes for salsa. It is a tangled web indeed…… Scrolling on Facebook I have seen more and more people talk about starting businesses as consultants. Business consultants or life coaches (consultant), or skincare consultants or makeup consultants. Some of these people look like they have just finished their teens and I wonder what kind of experience does one need to be an effective consultant? Which led me to asking, what exactly IS a consultant anyway??? So of course I did what any normal person would do, I pulled out my Webster’s dictionary.  Yes, I STILL have an old fashioned dictionary made with paper. A BOOK! Can you believe it? Well Webster said this: Definition of consultant- 1: one who consults another; 2: one who gives professional advice or services : expert. So a Consultant is supposed to be an expert. 

 So the next thing you might ask is, can a consultant actually help me? The answer usually is yes, but you need to find a company that fits you and can help you and your business move in the direction you want to go. Which for most companies is growth.  This article by Bplans helps explain why business choose to work with a consultant and the things a consultant can help with, as well as why you would want one for your small business. They state “Whether you’re starting a new company or growing an existing business, hiring the right consultant can be a cost-effective way for your small business to leverage specialized knowledge. Conversely, hiring the wrong consultant can cost you more than money—it can cost you a lot of wasted time and energy.” I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to waste money. Either in my household or in my business!
All of this leads back to the original question: What is a consultant? And even more specifically: what kind of consultant do I need for my business? A growth consultant, a financial consultant, a personnel consultant? So many questions. In fact, it might even lead you to wonder how can I BECOME a consultant? I know a few things, and I have had some experience in my life that can help others. Maybe this is something I can do AS a business. Or work as a consultant for a consulting firm. Which of course leads to the question:
What is consulting? Or even how can I become a Consultant? And of course friends, I have an answer for you! Consulting.com is how. They can help teach you Who a consultant is, What a consultant does, Why do businesses need consultants, When do companies hire consultants, and Where you can gain the knowledge to become one! ALL of your questions answered in ONE place. And if you are anything like me, having all the answers in one place is a dream come true. Especially with our busy lives!
So if you think this might be a career you would like to pursue, or think you might have some knowledge you would like to share, or like helping others succeed, Consulting.com would be a great place to start!!