Training is not always necessary but relevant training is always a benefit.
We all have a set way of doing things when it comes to work or business, and we regularly find ourselves too busy to take the time to find out if there is a better, more efficient way of doing things.
There are a myriad of training courses available from a range of colleges and institutions. How do you decide what is relevant and appropriate for your needs? It is always worthwhile to take a little time to establish which areas of your business need improvement and what skills you may lack or need assistance with in order to maintain, develop and grow your business. It is always worthwhile to take time to step back from your business every now and then, and assess it, identify the gaps and find the training needed to help bridge the gaps. Likewise, take time to identify what your personal core skills are and what areas you need assistance with.
The basic business fundamentals still apply to every new and established business. There is always a need to understand and manage the basics, such as how to cost and price your services and products, how to manage your cash-flow and how to formulate a strategy or business plan. You will always need to market your business, product, service or yourself. No one individual or business has all the answers, particularly in the case of small businesses or single operators; no one individual has all the skills to start, run, manage and grow a business.
Smaller businesses don’t have the advantages or the budget of a bigger company, which will have departments and personnel for each area of the business. With this in mind and based on feedback from clients, we have developed a unique training programme designed specifically to address the gaps of small business owners.
Galway County & City Enterprise Board run a bi-monthly Business Management Programme and a range of one day courses aimed at the smaller businesses and relevant to their business needs. They are all short courses, run in the evenings or as workshops as time away from the business can be a problem for the self-employed. The courses are subsidized as they are aimed at smaller businesses and people with an idea who may want to start up a business on a small budget. This year there are new courses specifically tailored for the craft and retail sector.