Choosing an LMS For a Small Business Startup
Let’s face it – running a company, small business or, basically, any entity, consisting of a union of a number of people, requires huge responsibilities. One would assume, that a challenges, each startup owner confronts, are minimized to those, that keep its customers satisfied, products qualitative, and delivering system adequate.
But what actually stands behinds all this hard work and makes a non-stop mechanisms on run, provides consumers with services and products, and others – with working place?
Who Needs LMS ?
In-company self-organization, diverse talents, skills and knowledge of the staff unite and keep the company every-day functioning. But what about a small business startups? How should one validate, direct and organize staff and each of its unique abilities into the right path? With different background, perhaps language and/or culture, they must form a unity, that share common knowledge, and professional goals. This is when Learning Management System comes in handy.
Features of LMS
LMS is E-Learning software, that manages programs and courses, addressed to educate or improve already existing knowledge within company or educational institution members. Current e-Learning market offers now colossal number of various programs, applications and courses. Before choosing one or more LMS for small business startup, one should carefully categorize main features and functions that E-Learning market offers nowadays.
Basic features of a majority of LMS includes:
Ease of use for learners
LMS enables learners to get their knowledge at any convenient time and place they choose, on their personal computer or mobile device
Easy to be Managed
E-Learning industry offers management, order and administration of each course and lesson. Its settings are easy and fast to adjust.
Certification and Evaluation of Learners
Most of E-Learning courses provide evaluation of the completed assignments and certification on successful completion of the course
Learners can exchange messages and notifications with their supervisors, as well as get immediate technical support from technical team, if needed
LMS will keep data, reports and learning materials and save it on the device
What Is Small Business Startup Needs?
After getting to know basic functions of LMS, one should consider only those – that would appear to be useful for their business startup. Once the company evolved into stable business, expands into other locations, hires more employees – it’s high time to purchase more advanced LMS software. But until then – saving up on using LMS, that covers only necessity, for a startup owner – is a way to go.
Short meeting or questionnaire with the staff would be useful thing to do in order to optimize the current situation. Ask your employees what they are willing to learn, what kind of knowledge is still missing and what is essential for the business.
Apart from professional skills, one may also take a focus on language, communication, presentation and other skills. This may help to get foreign investors, improve communication between colleagues and clients, which may turn to be crucial for a fate of the company later on.
Who is the Customer?
Another issue, that should be taken into consideration before choosing LMS for a small Business Startup, is a nature of a client one deals with, its location, general preferences. Once the customers’ wish is established – it becomes easier to train employees and make those wishes come true.
What is professional level of the staff? Knowing this information – will help to adjust particular program, suitable for particular audience. If startup consist of a number of people with noticeably different level, then creating couple of groups, based on common knowledge level would solve the problem.
Benefits of LMS
Shortly after implementing one of the training courses for a small business startup, it won’t take long before a number of benefits will be acknowledged. Whether it is owner, employee or client – positive changes are likely to be observed by each of them.
- Improved communication between company members and clients
- Professional improvement
- Language/presentation/computer skills improvement
Establishing a small business startup has become very common thing in a modern society, with a help of a multiple technological tools, available online and easily reachable. LMS would definitely be one of them.
What should be considered before purchasing the courses by a startup owner? The priority should definitely be – clients’ needs and desires. Employees, trained to be able to satisfy any clients’ whim – will create only positive feedback.
Professional staff skills will divide them into different groups, based on the knowledge level, and this way will ease the process of studying for everyone.
Budget issue may also create few inconveniences. Some of the training courses might seem unreasonably pricy, but it is advised, to keep only basic needs covered, as for the beginning. Investing into LMS is priority for each small business startup.
Ehsan Memari is a blogger for SkyPrep, a provider of leading online training software for organizations to train employees partners and customers. Ehsan is a regular contributor to blog posts related to knowledge sharing, L&D and eLearning. Follow him on Twitter @ehsanmemari.