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4 Efficient Ways to Train Your Staff on a Shoestring Budget


As a business owner, you know how essential highly-skilled employees are to your company. Be that as it may, for many small business owners, finding the funds for training can be difficult. While some companies opt to cut out training altogether, this could end up costing them more in the long run as lack of training can lead to poor quality of work. Rather than skip out on a much-needed process, finding solutions that won't break the bank is the most economically wise choice. Below are a few solutions to training your staff on a small budget.

1.  Invest in Software

Companies like Topyx provide employers with affordable platforms called Learning Management Systems "LMS" to train their staff. Interactive software allows businesses to train their employees on vital practices without the high costs of sending staff to a seminar or formal training class. Employees can create their own login, work with interactive learning interfaces, collaborate with other employees, and even receive status reports at no additional costs to the employer.

2.  Cross Training

Depending on the type of training your staff needs, they can work together to learn the necessary skills. Cross training is an indispensable solution that saves money, builds bonds, and strengthens employee relationships. Using managers or senior members of your staff, you can create training sessions that new staff must attend. During the training, not only do your employees have the opportunity to learn something new, but they are learning how to work together as a team to reach a common goal – which of course is imperative to your business.

3.  Train One and Pass It Around

There are times when actually attending training in person is mandatory or necessary for improved results. If you're working with a budget that doesn't really allow you to send a lot of employees, you can send one or two instead. If you're going to use this method, it's a good idea to choose members of your staff that have great listening and communication skills. Since they will be the ones learning hands on, you will want employees that can relay the information exactly as it was taught to them. When they complete the training, they can come back to the office and share what they've learned with their coworkers. Though this method can be a bit tricky, it works in cases where you need the training but it isn't financially feasible to send everyone.

4.  Free Training

There is a lot of free information available online. Depending on which areas you want your staff to be trained in, you may be able to find reading materials, study guides, or tutorials online for free. However, it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. Therefore, if you opt for free training, your staff could miss out on pertinent information. Also, if you're going to use this method for training be sure to consider the source when using information. Check to see when the materials were last updated, which references they cited, and so on to ensure the information you're providing your staff with is accurate and current.

Your business is only as good as your staff. When you take the time to invest in their professional development, your business stands to benefit immensely. If you're the owner of a small business with a shoestring budget that wishes to enhance workplace productivity through training and development, there are plenty of options out there for you. Whichever route you decide to take, be sure to review background information to ensure that your staff is getting the best training possible. 

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