Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Top 10 Classes for Any Contractor With a Small Business

Top Classes for Contractors

If you're a contractor who owns their own business, being great at your trade is only half of the story when it comes to landing jobs. As a business owner, you are responsible for many different roles in your company, which means you must understand how to market, network, handle employees and keep your company up-to-date with new industry technology. Business owners that fail to hone these skills never stick out from the competition and thus, never maximize their potential profits or expand their clientele.

If this sounds like your business, don't worry - Zack Academy rounded up a list of small business training courses tailored to the needs of contractors. Most of these courses have online options with no prerequisites. These courses are great for building your skills - or even certifying you for more jobs in your trade.

  1. Lead Renovator Certification Initial (RRP Initial): This course certifies contractors to perform renovations, repairs or painting on housing or child-occupied facilities built before 1978. If you work in an area with older housing stock, you could potentially double your clientele by gaining this certification!
  2. Introduction to Digital Marketing Online: This online for beginner's teaches you how to integrate social media, blogging, and other online marketing platforms into your business. Because today's client often sees your company online before they see you in person, having a strong online presence can increase your visibility and your revenue.
  3. Leadership Essentials Online: This course teaches the interpersonal skills managers need in order to become reliable and respected leaders. If your company struggles with inconsistent expectations, a lack of unity, employee turnover, or a dissatisfaction between management and employees, your business needs this course.
  4. Web Development Online Anytime: When you own a small business, every dollar counts - so don't spend thousands of dollars for someone to build your company's website when you can do it yourself! This online course might sound intimidating if you have no experience with web design, but it allows students to learn at their own pace.
  5. Indoor Environmental Quality Consulting: This is an easy skill to add to your contractor business. This course will teach you the basics on identifying and remediating air quality concerns. This is especially great for home contractors as many homeowners are concerned about asthma and allergy irritants in their home.
  6. Introduction to Graphic Design Online Anytime: Custom graphics are another thing your business can save money on when you do it yourself. This course requires no experience - students will learn the basics at their own pace. This course can definitely teach contractors how to create their own logos, signs, banners and other branding images to promote their business.
  7. SEO Search Engine Optimization Certification Online Anytime: Learn how to get your business to the top of search engines such as Google - you'll increase your traffic and revenue.
  8. Microsoft Excel Online: Excel is one of those small business tools that can be incredibly useful but often scares away people who aren't familiar with using it. This course teaches students the basics of Excel which can be translated into invoices, time sheets, inventory lists, customer databases, flow charts, marketing forecasts, managing business expenses, and more.
  9. Onboarding New Employees Online Anytime: All business owners know the effort put into hiring new employees can be intense and costly. This course teaches managers how to quickly and efficiently integrate their new hires into their business and develop them into their role.
  10. FREE - Intro to LEED Accreditation Webinar: Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) accreditation is a hot sell for many property developers, so adding this skill to your business can expand your clientele. This free online course gives an overview of LEED and how contractors can become LEED professionals. 
Small business training for contractors goes beyond your specific trade. Invest a little time in these simple courses and watch your small business grow.

To learn more about other small business training options, visit Zack Academy's Business Practices Training & Courses homepage.

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