The tech revolution knows no boundaries. It is not limited by industry standards. If you are a business owner in today’s tech-heavy, Internet-reliant world, then you need your tech to be up-to-speed. This article will detail how you can create a tech solution, even if you are in an industry that is not traditionally a tech-driven industry. Doing so will likely increase your chances of success by giving you a competitive advantage over your competitors.
First Step: Learn How to Code
There is an old saying that goes something like, ‘If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.’ Sound familiar? Well, tech is no different. Implementing a tech solution means accruing a necessary additional cost. You have three options for how to spend your new tech budget.
Your first option is to pay a website development company to build and manage your tech solution. While this may be your cheapest option, it will likely be the most non-customizable. It will also come with monthly subscription and management fees.
Your second option is to hire a team of software engineers to design a custom-built tech solution for your business. This can include everything from POS integration to a specialized inventory tracking system. This will not be cheap, but the actual needs of your business will be considered first and foremost. This will allow you to get the right software built specifically for your business.
The third and best option is to learn how to build the tech solution that your business needs yourself. This means you don’t have to mess around with lofty big box, low-customizable software subscription fees. You don’t have to spend months at a time going back and forth with a tech company to get software your business needs, not to mention the repair cost and time when something goes wrong. Instead, you can opt to just do it yourself. Don’t know how to code? Not to worry. That’s what coding bootcamps are for—teaching those without a traditional tech background how to code and doing so quickly.
A Coding What?
Bootcamp. That’s right. A coding bootcamp. A short term, hands-on, intensive coding immersion program. The masterminds behind coding schools like Hack Reactor have turned coding education into an art form with an emphasis on transforming those who have never written a single line of code in their lives into mean, lean, programming machines.
If you want something done right, then do it yourself. Well, in just a couple of months you will be able to do just that. Coding bootcamps are offered through full time, on-campus classes, as well as part-time, online, and self-paced. So you can learn how to code, even if you have a busy lifestyle (hey, what business owner doesn’t).
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How to Put Your New Skills to Use
Alright. Now that you know how to code, here’s how to use your new skills to build the tech solution that your business needs.
Start with Software Design
The first thing you want to knock out is your software. The first step to this is to figure out what kind of software your business needs. Do you have a large inventory? How, what, and where do you sell your product or service? Running a fully remote team? How you answer these questions will be a guide to knowing what software tools you need. Once you have your guide, you can build it out to suit just your business. Luckily, you just learned what Python is used for; now you just need to apply it to your own business.
Lock it Down
Once you have built out the software you need, the next step to make sure it is absolutely secure. Almost half of all small businesses (43 percent) have no cybersecurity in place, while the average cost of a small business cybersecurity attack is over $7 million. Don’t become another statistic. Invest heavily in the right cybersecurity, and lock your business down. It will be one less thing you have to worry about and will provide you with the peace of mind that your data as well as your customer’s is secure.
Creating a tech solution in a non-tech industry is a great way to get ahead of your competition. The best way to design the software your business needs is to do it yourself. You can learn how to do this through a coding bootcamp. Once you have built the software your business needs, make sure to lock it down with proper cybersecurity.