Working from home is the ideal for us all – or at least being able to supplement your income so that you aren’t a slave to your job. However, working with computers isn’t always an easy task, especially if you didn’t grow up around computers or have little to know experience using certain software.
Just because you didn’t get a Master’s in Information Technology, doesn’t mean that you can’t start an online business. If you are already pretty comfortable with a computer and with the internet, there are plenty of online tutorials regarding setting up blogs and websites can really help get you started. Many online entrepreneurs will even offer little marketing tidbits that can help you spread the word about your business.
However, if you look at a computer and start to shutter, but know that it holds the key to your financial independence, you may want to consider enrolling in a few courses designed to help you better understand them. Marketing, computer science, and web design courses can all greatly help out anyone interested in working online.
You don’t necessarily have to give up your day job either in order to take a few of these courses. Many cities offer continuing education courses through a local career center which offer in-class instruction. If sitting in a class isn’t something you are interested in, there are many online universities, such as the University of Phoenix, that offer a variety of courses. You can even choose to pursue one of their online degrees in either Marketing, Business, or even Web Design which could greatly help you in the future.
However, there is no need for a full commitment either. Although online degrees generally allow students the option to do class work whenever they have free time, not everyone is ready for a full-time commitment. Choosing to go back to school full-time is like having a full-time job, and isn’t for everyone. But you can still take the courses you need to gain the knowledge you want through online universities without having to make the full-commitment. You can even write off these courses through continuing education tax benefits if you so choose.
Starting an online business can be relatively easy. It’s keeping the business prosperous enough to fully support you that can be difficult. Knowledge and know how generally offer you the best chance of success when starting a business so if your computer skills are pretty terrible, consider giving yourself the additional time needed to hone your skills. There’s no shame in going back to school – especially if it puts you on the right path to financial independence.