My brother is self employed. He has a few people who work with him, though others have often wondered how such a small crew gets so much done. It is because they are talented in what they do, plus all of them have a very strong work ethic. I help him with some of the office tasks because that is not his strong point at all. When I suggested that we look into hiring an ecommerce web design company, he was not sure we really needed that. I explained that it would streamline a lot of the office stuff, and it would be much more efficient for his clients too.
Right now, his clients have to make an appointment to either see him or talk with him on the phone, because he is in the field so much. With a new website, they can submit their questions quickly and even make payments on their bills. They can set up their own appointments for him to come to their house and give new quotes, or even reschedule work if something unexpected has come up. They would be able to browse through all the options they have for their remodeling, rather than come in and go through all the books in the office.
That alone would save my brother hours because some people just do not know what they want until they have looked at every last option. I even looked up some companies that do this kind of work, and I was able to get him a great quote from one of them. When I showed him some of their other web designs, he was instantly sold on it. He actually saves quite a few hours of time each week now, and he has had to hire a few more people because work is coming in faster than ever now.
When my husband encouraged me to follow my dreams with a new career, I knew that it would take a bit of determination on my part. I have been out of school for over two decades, so I knew that I probably forgot more than I remembered when it came to business practices. I also knew that a lot of what I had learned was probably outdated by this point. I did not want to get a new business degree, but I figured taking a mini-MBA might be the right move so I could get re-familiarized with everything that I forgot as well as everything that had probably changed since I was on campus.
My husband had already researched this thoroughly and had found an online company that teaches the fundamentals of business to people like me. They approach it in a way that I knew would suit me. They have three modules with each having three elements. The first one is watching short videos that explain the fundamentals easily. The next element is where students do exercises to apply what they have learned. The third element is the transformation one, which takes an individualistic approach so people can focus on what makes them stronger and better with what was learned.
I really like the way they have the information set up for the students. I like that I am learning everything by video, because I am a visual learner. I can comprehend when I read a textbook, but I just do better when I am able to watch a lesson and just soak everything in. Now that I have done the mini-MBA course and have received my certificate, I feel much more ready to just go out and start living the work life I had always dreamed of for myself.