What does it mean to you to be behind on technology? This is one of multiple problems Hispanic business owners face every day. No doubt you have gone through many advances in technology the last few years. How many of you remember the Telex, typewriters, disk phones, overhead projectors, and big computers that took half your desk?
Maybe you grew up with Betamax, 45 or 33 records, discs, cassettes, walkmans, and many other devices that were popular only few years ago. It seems like yesterday when you added these articles to your Christmas list. The problem doesn’t affect younger generations since they grow up with these items. But it really affects middle-age individuals who are afraid of the fast-paced changes we are experiencing.
Computers, smart phones, and tablets are important pieces of your daily activities. You hear all the time what would happen if you do not have this or that.
The reality is that you cannot separate your lives from technology. From applying to jobs, receiving your bank statement online, applying for benefits, filing certain tax forms, buying from suppliers, sending letters or documents that take two or three days compared to exchanging information in minutes through e-mail. Text messages, photos and pictures, estimates, and even forwarding your calls from your land line to your cell phone are some of the many things you can do to be efficient in your daily routine.
The REAP Hispanic Business Center staff has been sensitive and proactive about this issue, creating trainings and workshops to in¬troduce small business owners to computers, new software, internet, and social media sites.
The classes are offered in communities across the state, especially in community colleges and libraries. Some of the training includes:
Computer Basics: Designed for individuals with limited exposure to computers. You will learn to start your computer, parts, opening and closing programs, naming and saving files, copying, cutting and pasting, navigating online, using and organizing favorites, cookies, and viruses.
Microsoft Office: Referred to as an intermediary course, you will be introduced to the newest updates, especially if you have never taken formal classes about the program. The workshop will provide you many tools to create, design, and learn multiple options and keys you can use to develop a word document or use spreadsheets to control sales, inventory, or keeping data based on current sales and clients.
Also, if you haven’t used PowerPoint, you’ll learn to create presentations with your products and services to show your neighbors and customers. Videos are so popular that YouTube is considered the second largest search engine online.
E-Commerce: If you are unfamiliar, you should take this training. The class explains how to protect your information online, buying and selling, learning new ways to pay for your products, and a brief introduction to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to mention just two.
As new equipment and machines continue to be part of your lives, it’s time to do something before it’s too late. There’s nothing I like better than when my REAP clients communicate with me through e-mail or social media when they need services. It makes me feel we’ve done the right thing, AND it makes my job easier!
If you have any questions about the classes, please contact me, Juan E. Sandoval, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.371.7786. Read more about Hate it or Love it-Technology Is Part of Your Life