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When you start your empire online, there are very few technical skills that you will need, but when you hear "no tech skills needed" or no "skills required" there is always still some skill level that you need to start with. No tech skills needed really means it is very simple and easy to do.
If that wasn't clear enough, let me be more forward. Let’s be clear and honest with each other, you need at least some basic skills.
If you have ever sent an email out, or if you have ever filled out a form online, that’s about all the skills you’ll need to be able to start with an online business.
The rest you’ll learn as you go. Don’t get me wrong! By the time you start making some money, you’ll have some really good tech skills under your belt. These newfound skills are not needed to start, but you’ll develop them as you go, that’s for sure.
And once you learn a few tricks, you will be able to continually learn more and improve. This will happen naturally, but as I discuss on the Hype vs. Facts section, you should have a desire to also continue and improve.
Always push yourself to find the next thing to improve, or work on after you overcome a challenge.
But that’s not enough, Oscar! You say!.
You’ve heard this before, you’ve heard “no tech skills needed” and it wasn’t true. It turned out to be really complicated and I quit!, you're going to tell me.
The truth is that you will need some technical skills but they’re very simple to attain and very simple to use on a regular basis so you learn them forever.
If you can write an email, search for something in Google and fill out a form like you do when you want to buy something, or answer a questionnaire online, you have all the basic skills you need to start a business online.
I know people that make great money online but started knowing less less about computers and the internet than my elderly neighbor. She’s 66, but they simply follow instructions and formulas and make several thousand dollars each month online.
Some people I know that make tons of money online can’t even touch-type! Really, hunting and pecking two-finger method is good enough to start.
If you say that you are not technical or techie-type, or any other excuse about having technical skills, after having read this post, then you are simply afraid and don’t want to be free, or maybe you're a duckliner.
If you still think you can't start a business online because of lack of tech skills, then the desire isn’t there. Or the desire isn't strong enough to drive you through this silly misconception.
I know many people that are afraid of failing when they use WordPress, what if they chose the wrong theme? Give me a break, don't worry about it. Everything can be changed and fixed in WordPress. Just make sure you always have backups handy.
Or email marketing, what if you forget to include your signature? or email, or you're afraid of sending the wrong link on Aweber. You know what? all of the big marketers I follow have sent me a mistake at least once.
If the big guys are allowed to make mistakes and still run a successful business, then so are you, and this includes technical mistakes!
Really, it's not a huge deal. Do try to minimize these mistakes and learn from them when you make a mistake so it doesn't happen again, but it's not the end of the world by any means.
Everyone makes mistakes. It’s part of it. Deal with it. Move on and forward!
I once met this great lady named Peggy at an event in Long Beach. I have an interview I did with her and I love her spirit and enthusiasm, you should watch the interview, I'll give you a video link to watch in a moment. The thing I really like about Peggy is that she wasn't involved with anything online before she started.
She didn't know much about anything online really, she came from the healthcare field and didn't have any computer skills or even knew where to start. So she asked a few people what she should know, what she should learn, and where to start.
Can you guess where she went to learn most of the stuff she knows now?
By the way, considering that I teach technology for a living, I would say that Peggy is an advanced computer user at this point and she did it all on her own. And she learned most of it for free! She has even attended some of the free video training I provide.
Can you guess where she learned everything she knows?
Well, maybe not everything she knows, but like she says on the interview, she needed to know excel so she went to Youtube, when she wanted to learn word, she went on Youtube and she gave me many more examples even off-camera.
Update: I found her video and posted it on Youtube, here it is:
And it's true. I have created some tutorial videos out on Youtube and i know they help a lot of people. If you need help with something, a great place to look first is Youtube.
Simply use some of these special starting phrases and just add the topic you're interested in:
- how to + topic
- lessons + topic
- "for beginners" + topic
- tutorial + topic
- "video series" + topic
Like this: "how to" record a podcast. For more detailed examples and a full search guide and cheat sheet, don't forget to download the free workbook (Sorry my loyal readers at notagrouch.com the workbook is in progress as well, but if you stay tuned, you'll be the first to know when it's available for download).
The reason I like using "for beginners" and "video series" is because the results from these phrases tend to have more than one video to give you more information you may not even know you needed. This is when you start learning about how much you don't know you don't know. This is a great thing!
I bet you know more about the internet and how to use it than you realize. And I'm being literal there, you don't realize how much you already know.
The stuff you need to research will lead you to some technology based decisions. I bet you're not afraid of doing something like that. Or when you pick up a new hobby or take on new roles at work. You are often faced with technology based questions this thing we're talking about here, it's no different.
Don't be afraid of starting a business online because you think you don't know anything about computers or the internet. That's just plain nonsense.
This is an excerpt from a book I'm writing to share with you my experiences in starting and running and online business. Hope you enjoyed it. I'd love your feedback in the comments, I will have a credits section and will credit reader's feedback in the final edition if you give me your thoughts and opinions good or bad, I can take it. And if you rather keep it private, reach me on your favorite medium from my contact page.!