If you are starting your own venture, confidence in your idea is the number skill that you need to have. If that confidence is being undermined only because you don’t come from a technology background, we have a cheat sheet for you. Below are 7 tech skills that non-tech entrepreneurs need to master to be on the road to success!
#1 Writing efficient specs- For your idea to convert into a tangible product you need to be able to articulate it efficiently to your tech team. That involves writing a detailed document that defines the specifications. While you do not need hard-core technical skills to write this document, you need to follow some best practices to be able to communicate your thoughts effectively. Defining the project goal, the system architecture, the background tasks and more are some of the imperative aspects of a good technical specification.
#2 Wire framing- Being able to develop effective wireframes ensures you are able to communicate your idea for seamless development. While this isn’t really a technical skill, what it does require though is a basic understanding of the development process. This skill, if acquired can ensure there aren’t any loopholes in your communication, which can cost you dearly, once the product has been developed
#3 Analytics- As technology advances so does availability of data. Understanding of this data can be a big source of competitive advantage as it can lead you to informed business decisions. It is imperative therefore that you have a keen understanding of the basics of analytics, so that you can use the data to your advantage for effective decision making.
#4 Basics of design- An important aspect of your product is its design. In fact aesthetics is an important area that attracts or repels people from your product. A basic idea of the color scheme, typefaces and other design elements will help you develop a product that isn’t just functionally robust but also aesthetically appealing
#5 Cloud Computing- All the reams of data that is being generated is eventually going to land up in the cloud. Some basic information about cloud computing, but more importantly its practical aspects including mastering the use of Google Drive or Dropbox will help you collaborate with others easily. A skill that you will use aplenty as you start up!
#6 Communication- While this does not sound like a technical skill at all, the tools required to communicate in today’s digital age can indeed seem a little technical. So whether it is using Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter optimally to connect with influencers or learning how to manage your inbox efficiently, mastering technology will help you stay ahead of the curve.
#7 Learning Technical Skills- Now this may sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but a skill to be picked up is the ability to learn new technical skills. Primarily this involves having an open mind and once again using technology to enhance your learning curve.
While on the subject of enhancing your learning curve in each of the above areas, here is a good 4 step thumb rule to follow:
- Define your objectives
- Break down the objectives into tasks
- Measure your progress
- Reward yourself
Here’s wishing you more power in your entrepreneurial journey!