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4 Skills You May Already Have That Allow You to Start Your Online Business Today

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Many wannabe entrepreneurs never get around to starting their own businesses because they mistakenly think it’s outside the realm of what they’re capable of. While starting a business is by no means easy, it’s likely not as hard as you may think.

If you’re someone who’s been contemplating whether or not you have what it takes to be your own boss, here are 4 skills you may have that will be enough to start your very own business:

1. Programming skills

If you’re skilled in programming languages such as Java, PHP, HTML, CSS,  and C++, the sky’s the limit for you as an online entrepreneur. I’m not exaggerating here either. Programming skills come in super handy for literally any online business you start. This is because programming allows you to do two crucial things: create and automate.

In fact, starting a business is all about creating something out of nothing. That’s what programming is all about too! By being able to program, you’re able to start all sorts of online businesses, whether they involve creating mobile apps, developing websites, or building any type of online software. To make sure your software development is top-notch, you can save yourself the extra workload and hire an offshore dedicated development team to help you achieve your business goals. 

The second ability, the ability to automate processes, is equally important. Running a fast-growing and successful business demands that your processes be automated. It’s by automating what you do that you ultimately save time and money. Ultimately, it’s automation that allows you to outperform your business competitors who lack the programming skills to do so.

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” – Robert Greene

2. Video production skills

Whether it’s video production, video editing, animation, or graphic design, having the ability to create videos is an invaluable skill to have as an entrepreneur. Why? Because every business needs to market its products and services, and video is one of the most effective ways of doing this.

A simple 30-second sales video can cost small businesses thousands of dollars to create, but if you’re able to create these videos yourself, then suddenly all that money can be spent in other ways to further your business. You’ll also be able to create far more marketing content than your competitors, who are still resorting to hiring third party sources to create their videos.

Creating marketing content isn’t the only way video production skills can come in handy for an entrepreneur. In fact, these skills can be used as the foundation for your entire online business. Starting up a popular YouTube channel like “How It Should Have Ended” or “CinemaSins” can be a super fun and profitable business venture to pursue.

Another route to take is to use your video production skills to produce training videos or instructional videos for other businesses. The possibilities here are endless. You just have to put some thought into pinpointing how you want to utilize your video production talents to make money.

3. Web design skills

They say all an online business needs is a website and a way of getting traffic to it. While this might be oversimplifying things, it’s not too far from the truth. If you’re going to start an online business, your website is obviously going to play a huge role in whether the business succeeds or fails. This is why having web design skills can give you such a head start on your entrepreneurial journey.

Most new business owners have to spend loads of time and effort figuring out how to use a web development platform like WordPress or Wix to create their website. Either that, or they spend thousands of dollars to hire someone like you to create the site for them. Even once they get all of that done, they’ll still need to educate themselves on how to optimize their site for SEO purposes and increase conversion rates.

However, if you’re a skilled web designer from the get-go, all this stuff is likely easy peasy for you, which means you’ll be able to get it done quickly and move on to other matters that can help accelerate your business.

“Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.” – John Ruskin

4. Creativity

Sure creativity is a “soft-skill” and not a quantifiable “hard-skill,” but the reality is – creativity is really the crux behind whether or not you’re able to come up with that awesome business idea you can build off of. In fact, some would argue that your ability to think outside the box is the one most important skill necessary to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Creativity is needed right off the bat to come up with your all-important business idea, and it’s going to be what you use to separate yourself from the rest of the competition. So, if you’re someone who’s worrying to yourself thinking, “I just don’t have any real technical skills that can give me an edge over other entrepreneurs,” keep in mind that some level of creativity and willingness to really think outside the box is what is far more important.

Conclusion

The beauty of starting an online business is that it doesn’t require you to have a boatload of money or to be some genius with inborn talent. If you have any of the four skills I mentioned, starting an online business is definitely a very viable option for you, and perhaps even the perfect career choice to make.

Have you started an online business? What advice do you have for those who are hesitant to start one?

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Then this article is a great place to start. Networking isn’t hard on paper…you go along to online and in-person meetings, make new connections and build relationships, and those relationships lead to more work so you can grow your business! The challenge is that in reality, it isn’t quite so straightforward, as our emotions get involved and make things much tougher.

It’s incredibly common for nerves to creep in and to feel overwhelmed and apprehensive when it comes to networking – even when it isn’t new to you. But how can you become more successful at it, feel less self-conscious, and make networking work for you and your business?

Here’s a few tips to help you embrace every business networking opportunity you get, so you can grow your business and achieve your goals.

Rock up with confidence

If you want to keep those nerves at bay and ooze confidence at networking get-togethers, you’ll need to downplay it rather than seeing it as a big occasion. Try not to put pressure on yourself and see it as a casual meet-up with a bunch of people with similar goals to you. To help you relax in the run-up to the event, be sure to set achievable goals and expectations before you go.

Keep your chin up and your goals in mind – positivity is key. One easy goal for your first networking meeting is very simply to speak to one other person and see where the conversation goes. Introduce yourself and your business, but take the time to listen to their story, too. It’ll only take a few minutes and will be over before you know it, so it’s nothing to fear. You may even enjoy it and want to speak to a few more people, too!

“You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

Where to go networking

If you’ve never been networking before, it might not be very easy to find a group – but only because there’s so much choice and you don’t know where to start your search! Groups come in different sizes and styles, so it’s important to find one that suits you and your business. Informal, formal, big, small… the choice is yours.

For your first meeting, start small to ease yourself in – a big group could prove too daunting, and stop you from feeling comfortable enough to get involved. After all, you want to make a strong first impression!

If you’re wondering which group to opt for in the long-term, give a few a go! Get a feel for them, speak to as many people as you can, and see which one suits! You’ll know when a group feels right for you, and you can see where those all-important relationships are most likely to be built. If a group doesn’t feel like the right for you, give a different one a go.

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Once you’ve made relationships with people who you trust, and they’ve had a positive experience working with you, you can even ask for referrals! But don’t rush this, as you don’t want to inadvertently push people away or try and force the relationship along too quickly.

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