Many people dread the end of summer, what with the darker, colder days the end of the year brings in much of the world. But on the bright side, kids are heading back to school, a relief for many moms and dads.
We often hear from many in the Skype for Business community about their desire to continue to keep learning and growing, too. So, in the spirit of the start of the new school year, I propose that kids don’t have to be the only ones heading back to the classroom. A growing number of enterprising small businesses offer a huge range of educational opportunities via Skype. So put on your thinking cap, get out your pencils, log on to Skype and let’s hit the “books.”
Here are some ideas to get you in the school mood (and possibly improve your business while you’re at it):
- Forget the baseball field, try out some small-business coaching. Plenty of consultants can provide education, ensuring your business will be as successful as you want. Last year, we profiled Kelly McCausey, who works one-on-one with clients to help them launch or grow their businesses online. Other experts like Karen Melonie Gould of Workbiz Academy, can offer guidance on everything from writing business plans to marketing your business to setting prices and invoicing.
- In today’s borderless business environments, even the smallest of businesses (think solo-preneurs) often operate internationally. How about making it a bit easier by tackling that second (or third) language? We’ve posted before on the blog about teachers who provide language instruction on Skype; nearly any new language you want to learn – Mandarin, French, Italian – could be on your schedule this fall.
- A well-rounded school day requires some artistic learning, and the same applies to small business owners (you know what they say about all work and no play…). Learn a new instrument – the Los Angeles Times recently published a story about piano lessons and other music instruction offered on Skype video – perfect your painting skills (The South Tampa News profiled Jen Meade, a Skype-based painting teacher) – or perhaps finally figure out how to knit.
Have you ever signed on for Skype-based lessons (or do you offer them to others)? Tell us about it in the comments. Or, follow us on Twitter @skype4biz and join the conversation.