Ever felt like throwing your computer out of the window or smashing your keyboard with a sledgehammer? I sure have.
As a business owner you rely on technology to connect with prospective clients and keep your business running smoothly.
And like everything else, technology is constantly evolving and changing which can be challenging and frustrating.
So how do you keep up? What do you need to learn and do yourself and what can you hire someone else to do? Because those are really the only choices you have.
Here are resources you can use to figure it out your technical issues as well as resources to help you find the right person to support you.
Be sure to bookmark this page so you can find it again later on when you need it. I use Evernote to capture things I want to keep, read more on this in my post, How to Never Forget Anything Every Again.
Grovo is a resource for free online technical training. They cover topics like MailChimp, Google AdWords, and WordPress among dozens of others. You can search for your topic alphabetically by clicking on the ‘Browse’ button at the top of the page.
You’re probably familiar with the “Dummies” book series which sells books on all kinds of topics including technical issues. But, did you know they also offer free step-by-step technical instruction as well as how-to videos on their website. When you select a topic they also offer links to similar content on the web.
Use YouTube to search your technical question. I’ve found many solutions there and love to actually see how to do something.
And of course, you can always Google your technical issue and see if you can find the solution you need there.
Geek Squad (US Based) can be hired to help you with your tech problems virtually from anywhere and in person if you live in the US.
The Dummies folks also offer technical support, more on that here.
If you’d like to get someone to help you with a technical issue on your computer from a distance check out this free service TeamViewer that allows someone to access your computer virtually and fix it for you.
You can search for an answer or ask a new question for free on Quora.
If you have a small technical issue you can always ask your Facebook friends if they can help you.
And while we’re on the topic of outsourcing some of your technical requirements, this is a good time to consider outsourcing other areas of your business. For more on this check out my post, 9 Outsourcing Options You Should Not Ignore.
Don’t let fear or frustration about technology stop you from moving forward with your business. Make the decision to tackle any technical challenges you are facing head-on and either teach yourself or find someone to help you.
© Stephanie Ward
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Great post Stephanie – thanks for bringing technology into the conversation – there are so many great resources out there that make running your business so much easier and more efficient- and as business owners we could all do with a bit more time on our hands so making the most of technology should be top of everyones list (I would say that of course!)
I totally agree your conclusion – once clients make the decision to move forward with their technology and get some help with their setup they soon realise the advantages far outweigh their initial fears.
Thank you for your comments Francesca! Indeed, the whole point of technology is to make running your business easier, not make it more difficult. I’m sure people are going to get a lot out of your guide.
I can really relate this. I often use Youtube in having technical tutorial and Google for some supporting researches. Through these I learned a lot. And talking about TeamViewer, this is very helpful in remote areas and I knew one of the company from a certain country use it in troubleshooting and configuring distance computers.
Appreciate your feedback! TeamViewer is such a life saver for people who need help remotely. Technology to the rescue.