Training Employees on a Small Business Budget

Owning a small business is not always a smooth ride. You want to constantly improve what you offer, establish relationships with more customers, and beat your competitors. Yet, you are short on employees, and your budget is tight. However, there is one important detail that most business owners forget: training employees.

Whether you have a shoestring budget or just a couple of staff, training your employees is a direct investment in your business. Developing employees is a process that should be conducted continuously to help your business keep up with the constant market changes. Here are some benefits of having an employee training program:

  • Improves the employee’s productivity and efficiency
  • Leads to satisfied and motivated employees
  • Training increases the commitment of an employee leading to a higher retention rate
  • Decreases the need for supervision
  • It leads to effective employees, which boosts the overall profitability of your business

Small business owners don’t have to enlist a full-time trainer or enroll their employees in expensive training courses. Below are five budget-friendly and brilliant ways you can use to equip your employees with new skills.

Take Advantage of External Resources

You don’t need to come up with your own training program. Such a move is not only hectic and time-consuming, but it may also distract you from focusing on your core business activities. You can take advantage of training resources that exist on article guides, YouTube videos, webinars and cost-friendly local events. To ensure your employees get the best out of these resources, ask them to document how they can apply what they have learned in their current role.

Delegate - with Support

Sometimes, it takes a few stumbles and falls before one can acquire a skill. If you have a team member whom you want to equip with new skills, give him/her a simple project that he/she is unfamiliar with. However, offer easy-to-follow steps and set apart time to check the progress and offer assistance. You can also have them sit with an employee who is comfortable performing the tasks you want them to learn.

Host a Professional Development Book Club

Set apart time and bring every member of your team together to discuss books. You can find the books that will be discussed or ask an employee who has read an inspiring book to lead the discussion. Book topics can range from leadership, business strategy, customer retention, marketing to brand development.  

Capitalize on the Talent You Have

If you have a team, it’s highly likely some of the members might have special skills you don’t know of. Maybe there is an employee who has graphic design skills, another excels in customer acquisition, while another is gifted in tech matters. Encourage employees to open up on any unknown skills they have and mentor others. You can also ask them to briefly demonstrate their skills during a slow time. This can help other team members learn new skills, encourage others to come forth with their skills and motivate the skilled employee to make more use of their expertise.

Set Expectations and Follow Up Afterward

Without proper follow up, it’s easy for one to forget what was learned. To ensure your team members concentrate and get the best out of the training sessions, make sure you set expectations before the event and follow up afterward. Everyone should take notes, be in a position to answer some questions, and demonstrate how the training has helped them individually.

Wrapping Up

Even with a tight budget, businesses can set up a plan to help employees develop their skills, improve satisfaction and increase productivity. However, more often than not, the training process consumes lots of time and resources that the business can’t afford. You can avoid all the training costs and challenges by enlisting already trained, remote professionals from TheOfficeSquad! Our professionals only need to become acquainted with your business and its practices. Call us to learn more! 702-649-3495.