In the 21st century, it’s theoretically possible to run a business without using technology. Theoretically. You could hand sew products, for example, with supplies you buy from the local market. You could then advertise those products at trade shows and in local print ads. You could do your banking by making direct deposits into a bank and consulting your own paper charts for where money is going.
It’s possible. But is it preferable? Of course not.
That same hand-crafted business would do much better if it were able to buy cheaper supplies for its product abroad, thanks to the wonders of the internet. The same wonders that would allow that business to sell online, reaching thousands of customers rather than a handful in a small local area. All banking could be done with a couple of clicks, leaving minutes between issuing invoices and receiving payments. All of this innovation would take that small business from generating a bit of extra spending money to a full-time income.
So, mastery of computers, tech, and what the internet can offer is key to making a business as functional as it can possibly be. However, these things don’t come naturally to some of us. The current entrepreneurs didn’t grow up in a generation of digital natives, so we have been struggling to catch up ever since.
It’s tempting to think that tech is something that you can outsource to someone else. That’s true, but that’s also an expense that a few self-taught lessons would make you able to avoid. Understanding both the hardware (so you can fix problems in the moment) and the software (so you can make sure you have the best business apps and programs) is an important component for the running of any modern business. But if it doesn’t quite make sense to you, then how can you begin?
#1 – Teach Yourself
You can take courses on computer literacy and being able to fix hardware problems with computers, but there’s only so much you can learn by reading. Most of these skills are developed with hands-on experience.
Perhaps the best method of getting to grips with hardware is to buy a cheap used laptop online – nothing fancy, just something to give you a starting point. From there, you can follow refurbishment guides, source new materials from icrfq, and make changes and adjustments until you understand which parts do what.
#2 – Make Mistakes
If the above sounds terrifying, then that’s why you should go for a cheap used laptop. This is meant to be a teaching tool, not a device you intend to use for general computer purposes – though if you do a good enough job, it might work for that too! It’s okay to make mistakes and learn how to fix them on the fly; that’s how we learn, after all.
The same applies to software. When you open up a new program, it can be mind-boggling in the initial moment – so many windows, commands, and functions you don’t understand. And that’s fine; but you should just dive in, follow help guides, make mistakes – and eventually, the knowledge will come. To paraphrase an old saying: you can’t have a tech healthy business without breaking a few parts!