With the surge of new home businesses being created due to lockdown, many new business owners will be doing everything they can to educate themselves on how to efficiently run a business from home.
When starting a home business, there are a number of hurdles that must be cleared before the business is up-and-running. This includes creating a business plan, identifying your target market, competitor research, and working out your finances.
However, in this blog, we want to focus on the benefits of online training and how it can be a fantastic tool in creating a new business.
How can online training help new home business owners?
As a popular means of research for new business owners, online training, also known as eLearning, is an extremely effective tool that can help budding entrepreneurs to hit the ground running when creating their new organisation.
With the rising use of eLearning, nowadays you’re able to find an online course on most topics. In fact, here at iHASCO, we publish an average of two courses per month!
With that said, the reason that eLearning is so effective (when using the right training provider) is because the courses are designed with engagement in mind.
Once engaged with a way of learning, you will find it significantly easier to retain the information you have been taught. New business owners will naturally have a lot of other urgent things to remember, so engagement is absolutely essential to efficiently learn.
What online courses can help when starting a new home business?
To put it simply, it depends on the nature of the business.
However, here are some of our recommendations that would apply to most home businesses...
Customer Service Training
It’s a little known fact that poor customer service costs UK businesses roughly £12 billion per year! This is insane when you consider the fact that most of that financial loss could have been prevented had all organisations trained their employees/themselves to understand what truly qualifies as ‘good’ customer service.
No matter how big or small a business is, client retention plays a key role in ensuring the growth and stability of an organisation. Therefore it is essential that new home business owners make a good impression on their prospective and existing clients.
Our Customer Service Training course will help you to provide excellent customer service and improve your interpersonal skills. The course covers a variety of techniques that can be used online and over the phone, which is perfect for home businesses that might not entail much face-to-face interaction.
GDPR Essentials Training
It’s now been over two years since the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which means that most people should be aware that it does not only apply to large organisations, but any organisation that handles personal data.
Personal data is information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual. What identifies an individual could be as simple as a name or a number or could include other identifiers such as an IP address or a cookie identifier, or other factors.
Almost every organisation will handle personal data of some sort, which means that you must be aware of your duties under the regulation in order to effectively work towards compliance.
Our GDPR Essentials Training course has been designed for anybody who handles personal data in their line of work. Having already helped over 400,000 people understand how to handle data with integrity and confidentiality, we’re confident that our 35 minute online course will help users understand the key principles of the GDPR.
Cyber Security Training
With roughly a third of businesses having reported a cyber security breach within the last 12 months, we often see smaller businesses targeted for cyber attacks as they typically have more weak points in their security.
However, cyber security breaches aren’t inevitable and can often be prevented by implementing simple practices.
Our Cyber Security Training course is broken down into three sections that cover how human error can often cause breaches, how malicious software can be installed on your computer, and how you can spot security weaknesses before a breach occurs.
Resilience, meaning the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, is an essential skill for all business owners. As mentioned before, there are a number of hurdles that business owners will have to overcome in order to create a successful business, and being able to manage challenging situations in the face of adversity will undoubtedly make business much more effective.
Our Resilience Training course will not only help the user to build resilience and deal with these challenging situations, but it will also help them to maintain good personal wellbeing in the face of adversity.
Time Management Training
Starting a business is an extremely important task that requires effective and considered planning. However, according to the Pareto Principle, we only spend 20% of our time working on important tasks and the other 80% of our time working on trivial tasks.
Time management plays an integral role in effectively starting a business, particularly when starting a business from home, which will very likely make for more distractions.
By managing your time more effectively, you should see increased productivity in your business operations.
Our Time Management Training course teaches the user how to overcome the Pareto Principle by providing actionable tips to manage time more effectively.
eLearning can play a vital role in getting your new business to hit the ground running. There are so many courses out there that will teach a new business owner (and their employees, if they have any) about important topics to make their work safer, simpler, and more effective.
Here at iHASCO, we allow anybody to trial our courses before they buy them. If you think any of our courses would be of interest to you, fill out the form below and claim your no-obligation free trial today!