As a home business owner, it’s very important that you continue to learn new skills to stay ahead of your competition.
There is no set “continuing education” curriculum and no co-workers to teach you new skills.
When you run your own business, if you don’t make a conscious effort to learn new skills and stay sharp, you’ll likely fall behind your competitors.
Today’s market and technologies evolve very quickly. If you aren’t constantly learning new skills and acquire new knowledge, you will quickly fall behind your competiors.
So how do you stay sharp and continue learning?
Here are three learn new skills tips you can follow:
Tip #1 – Read at Least One Book a Month
Get in the habit of reading one motivational book a month. That is all it takes to stay sharp and keep learning new skills to help you achieve success. This is actually a lot easier than it sounds.
First, digital devices allow you to carry books no matter where you are. For under $100, you can purchase a Kindle that allows you to carry literally thousands of books in your pocket.
If you don’t want to buy another digital device, you can also try just loading digital books onto your smartphone.
Finally, don’t forget audio-books.
Audio-books allow you to “read” books anywhere with zero effort. Just play when you’re riding in your car or walking to the gym and let the information flow into your mind.
Tip #2 – Pick a Specific Topic and Learn About It
Look around your industry.
What do you need to know about aht you find yourself uninformed on.
Figure out where the holes in your knowledge are, then actively seek out sources to fill that gap.
For example, let’s say you work in the advertising field. You find yourself a litte befuddled about mobile advertising.
How does it work?
How can you help your clients break into this new field?
Look up every book that’s been written on the subject. Purchase the physical, the digital or the audio version of the book and educate yourself on the subject.
Tip #3 – Grow Your General Knowledge
What if there isn’t something specific you want to know about? Then upgrade your general knowledge instead.
Here are things you need to think about:
How was Google built and how do their search engines work behind the scenes?
What do all Fortune 500 CEOs have in common?
What are the habits of highly effective people?
Why do some people succeed in social media while others don’t?
These are just some of the things you could learn by brushing up on your general business knowledge.
If you have down time and want to learn something non-specific, read or listen to a book that can broaden your horizon.
It might be about business in general, it might be about personal growth or it might about something completely off the radar.
Keep learning. Grow and never become stagnant. Read at least one book a month, if not more.
Keep up this habit and pretty soon your knowledge will give you an edge over your competitors.