Budding technologists often turn to a computer science program, coding bootcamp or certification program to learn essential skills. But say you want to start a small business, become an accountant or open a retail business like a bakery shop. You’ll still need tech skills to keep the operation running efficiently and on budget.
More than half (54 percent) of small businesses plan to increase spending in technology, according to research firm SMB Group. Although small-business owners need not be advanced technologists, they require an understanding of the core tools to run their business.
“Pretty much every small business now is a tech business,” says James Bergin, executive general manager of technology strategy & integration at Xero. “It may not be in the business of technology, but it has to be leveraging technology to be able to succeed.”
Before, you had to have a physical server. Now the cloud takes care of many capabilities required for small-business owners, Bergin noted. Cloud providers allow small-business owners to assemble and iterate on a tech stack without deep technical knowledge.
In a small business, consider what services you are offering and how automating that work with software can help, advises Laurie McCabe, cofounder and partner at SMB Group. McCabe sees small-business owners taking an interest in learning areas such as analytics and SEO, but they often don’t have the time to go deep into many tools.
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