There are many reasons why skills are important in business.
Skills simply mean ability to learn a trade or acquire a professional training that can enable you to provide a product or service that many people cannot provide easily.
Below are some of the most important advantages of having skills that can help you in business.
You can be more productive
When you are highly skilled in your chosen business, you can be more productive and more successful than when you are not skilled.
Customers are always out there looking for skilled people that can get things done seamlessly.
In Business, time management is everything.
For example, if you are an automobile mechanic that specialize in fixing Volvo vehicles, you can fix many vehicles in one day compared to if you were to fix different types of vehicles.
Furthermore, if you are a specialist in your trade, you will be able to carry out your tasks with precision and at incredible speeds.
Be more efficient
When you specialize in your work, you will be more efficient at the workplace. This is because you will be able to:
- Better manage men, money and materials
- Manage time efficiently
- Give your customers quality products or service
- Build trust in your customers.
Most importantly, when you deliver great services, customers will be happy and confident to do more business with you. And this mutually beneficial relationship will facilitate your business growth.
You can ask for higher fees
When you specialize in your profession, you might be able to ask for higher fees for your products or services.
This is because you have the skills, knowledge and experience your competitors do not have.
You should also remember that in business, in order beat your competitors, you must know more than them.
In other words, when you specialize, you will have competitive advantage over your competitors.
You will have fewer customer service problems
When you skilled in your chosen career or profession, you will have less customer service issues.
This is because you are an expert in whatever you do.
Furthermore, you are able to give your customers the best of services, making them happy and satisfied.
Do not forget that unsatisfied customers can spread bad news about your business.
Remember also that only satisfied customers can recommend your business to their family, friends and associates.
Customers value strong recommendations coming from satisfied customers more than your ads on the media.
Great skills can make you popular
When you are a specialist in your profession, your business or services will become popular.
In other words, you will be the man everyone wants to do business with.
This is because they trust that you can meet their needs.
For instance, some engineers specialize in water engineering.
Consequently, people approach them whenever they have any problems concerning water.
You can train and mentor people
High skills can help you to mentor people.
When you specialize in your career, people who know your worth will come to you for training.
You can train them and get paid for your services.
Although some of the people that you mentor may not pay you, you can benefit because:
- Such engagements can boost your professional profile
- You will gain more exposure and recognition.
- Your experience will improve
Be a guest speaker
When you are a specialist, you might have opportunities to be a guest speaker in some conferences, workshops and seminars. In the same vein, you could have the chance of being a guest writer in some media outfits.
Furthermore, the more of such engagements you have, the more exposure and experience you will get. Consequently, even if you are not paid, such engagement will help to promote your brand.
Great skills can bring you jobs
If you are an expert in your chosen career, governments, companies and individuals might need you to do some specialized jobs for them. Apart from the money you will be paid, you will stand out from the crowd.
Additionally, some of the people who have contact with you can give you referrals or recommendations that can move you to the next level.
By Samuel Ijenhi,
B. Sc. Accounting, (University of Benin)
Benin City, Nigeria.
Founder: Ijenhi Business Solutions