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Improve Your Skills Online to Progress in Your Career

Posted by Carl Gould on June 07, 2017
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Starting and running a business requires many things and having certain skills is definitely one of the things that you should put your focus on in this 2017. Lack of skills is one of the main reasons why people are not making progress in their careers. Skill gaps often lead to lower customer satisfaction, delays in product presentation and many other problems. (1) The same goes for those running a business. The good news is that acquiring skills today is much simpler than 10 or 50 years ago. Namely, you can now learn a wide range of skills online. There is no doubt that this practice is convenient, flexible and provides comfort and lets people get a new perspective on business. The following is a short list of 6 skills everyone can learn online for a productive and profitable 2017.

1. Statistical data analysis

This might sound like something very complicated, but once you start learning it online, you will see that you were wrong. Besides business owners, students can benefit from acquiring this skill too. There are many software solutions for this type of analysis and it is up to you master these programs. In this way, you can make better market shares predictions, analyze profit tendencies and do other things that will improve productivity.

2. Web design

Now here’s another skill that is great for business. As you are probably aware, almost every modern business is looking for a way to be presented online and websites are still the most wanted form of presentation on the World Wide Web. There are many websites that provide online courses and tutorials that can help you become a good web designer. (2)

3. Fashion design

This might not be the favorite choice for everyone, but the truth is that this skill can help you make this year more profitable and more productive. Clothes are one of the basic items in the lives of almost every individual. This means that people will always buy clothes. Use online videos found on video sharing website and websites where you can get step-by-step guides related to fashion design and how to draw the perfect piece of clothing.

4. Business research

Business research is a broad term which usually involves things like researching a few businesses in one industry or researching the structure of a business for investments or presentation. If you conduct some research you will notice that there are many online articles and videos related to business research that can help you.

5. Make-up skill

Did you know that this is one of the fastest growing businesses today? If you are prepared to start a new business, you might take this skill into account. Obviously, the best way to master this skill is to watch videos and to visit websites that have articles with many how-to images.

6. Run a blog

Finally, it’s a smart move to master the art of creating and running a blog. With the help of a blog, you can showcase your work and skills and establish yourself as an authority. Choose the form of your blog and the things you share on this blog wisely.

Follow these timeless tips for acquiring useful skills over the Internet for a successful 2017.

(1)    https://hbr.org/2012/02/how-employers-can-help-solve-t

(2)    http://justcreative.com/2015/07/02/10-best-free-online-courses-for-web-designers/

Carl Gould is a business growth expert, mentor and entrepreneur. He built three multi-million dollar businesses by age 40, has mentored the launch of over 5,000 businesses, and has trained and certified over 7,000 business coaches in 35 countries.  Carl has written 3 best-selling books on business strategy and growth (Blueprint for Success, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success, and most recently Biz Dev Done Right). Gould regularly appeared on the home improvement reality TV show “ThisHouseToo”, and each week he co-hosts “Quit and Get Rich” on iHeart® radio.  Carl is married with three children and lives in New Jersey.


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From Entrepreneurial Management to Professional Management

Posted by the7stages on August 29, 2013
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Becoming an entrepreneur is a dream. An entrepreneur has big ideas, with this dream comes the need for a lot of dedication, hard work and luck to turn that dream into a successful business. I t can quickly become a nightmare if the management structure is not established to manage the growth of your business.
The time commitment for managing the business will soon become too much of a burden for the Founder to handle. There are two management ‘jobs’ that need to be addressed. Managing the core operations (order fulfillment, and all other activities related to deliverable), and non-core operations (support, administration, sales and marketing, strategic planning, HR, compliance and finance) When transitioning from an entrepreneurial management to professional management, we are typically speaking of non-core operations. Entrepreneurs are very typically savvy at the core operations, so the first place to begin contemplating Professional Management is in the non-core operational side of the business. Cost structure, problem solving, strategy, operational and contingency planning along with detailed oriented goals are a few of many bullet points you will need to think of. At some point during the entrepreneurial management stage, the company will need to grow and mature, this is when the Founder will need to face a decision – should this company remain as-is (an entrepreneurial dream) or continue to the next step; how to manage the company.
As an entrepreneur you will need to contemplate if you should step back and hand over “the wheels” (company) to experienced managerial professionals or should you as the Founder stay and attempt to implement a structured management style. Once your business has grown to the point that your time is spread thin, and the non-core management activities are being neglected (or not performing as they should be), it is time to make that decision.
So how do you make this change? – And what could be some of the challenges that the entrepreneurial manager (that would be you…?) will face?:
1. Change in leadership style. Management is the talent of getting things done through OTHER people, resources and skills. Therefore, your professional manager needs to possess these attributes. Also, you will need to allow the manager to express their own personal style so they can be effective in their job. The manager will most likely have a style that is not exactly the same as yours. Bite your tongue and let them do their job! (No micro-managing here).

2. In-house or outsource? Hiring a professional manager as an employee is a good option if you have the financial resources to take on the financial responsibilities of an employee (payroll taxes, health benefits, vacation time, etc.). Figure 1.5 their gross salary as your financial commitment. Outsourcing to a firm that provides such professional management is also a viable way to secure the professional management services you require, without the overheads that a salaried employee would require.

3. Professional management will be cash flow and profit oriented. They will oversee the sales and marketing functions so you can focus on delivering an even higher quality product or service to your customers

Transitioning is a big (and necessary step). This is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Please contact us a CarlGould@CMTmentors.com, and receive an analysis for what type of management would work best for you.

Carl Gould is a business strategist, and growth expert. He has written 5 books in the area of creating business success, and is the co-host of the weekly radio program, ‘Quit and Get Rich’ (www.gteamradio.com). Carl and his team of experts advise companies and organizations to grow to the next level. What is the next level for you?


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