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The Must-Build Business Skills that’ll Reward Handsomely

It’s easy settling into your expected career role when a business rarely poses challenges. You clock in, do your duties, and head home. All the while, the next generation are building the skills likely to oust you from the position once they’re in the job market.

Doing the minimum failed to produce the raise you wanted because there was a total lack of merit. You’re shocked when newcomers enter at similar or positively adjusted pay for the position you hold.

What gives?

It’s the absence of skill building throughout your career. The education you could have expanded through workplace efforts or earned through after-hours projects and classes.

What skills am I talking about? And, how can they increase your earning potential? Read on and find out.

Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a problem-solving process for teams aimed to reduce waste. The goal is to create agile work environments by reducing over-production, waiting, motion, and lackluster talent.

Think of it like creating highly-efficient, step-by-step procedures.

Go Lean Six Sigma is a course one can take to help define, measure, and analyze workplace problems. Then, use their training to improve and control tasks.

Bringing this talent to the workforce makes you an incredible team player and leader; a trait that’s often met with reward (raises and promotions).

Social Media

Not just the usual routine of using social media (like Facebook and Instagram) to share status updates, watch videos and get into drama…

…used in a business manner.

Social media marketing is an in-demand skill for businesses of all sizes. Used effectively, and your control of the businesses’ social media account could drive leads and sales.

You can learn social media for business by learning and applying strategies found on industry blogs like Hubspot or SocialMediaExaminer. Else, learn by doing by creating and sharing content, running ads, and promoting offers for personal projects.

Sales (Communication/Negotiation)

Business boils down to convincing another party they need what your team offers. The underlying barrier is communication. A study in sales techniques helps to overcome these barriers and improves other facets of your work by improving your ability to negotiate.

Jump-start your sales skills by doing the following:

  1. Learn how to identify markets and in-demand offers
  2. Study the sales channels and how to create campaigns
  3. Understand customer habits and demographics
  4. Run, test, and improve on small-scale campaigns
  5. Nurture customer relationships and gather feedback

You can explore sales in everyday activities whether it’s negotiating what to eat or suggesting improvements at work. Identify a need and market, present a solution, and tout the benefits. Viola! You now have “sales experience”.


If you think coding is in-demand now… just wait another decade!

The workforce is already on track for automation. Software-as-a-service is an integral part of operations. Businesses seek ways to reduce spending by taking tech back in-house.

Learning to code goes beyond one’s ability to deliver an in-demand skill. It’s about the problem-solving that comes along as the brain is rewired to process complex code and projects. This critical thinking and problem-solving skillset will improve workplace performance.

There are many avenues for learning to code:

  • Online tutorials (self-taught or teacher)
  • Coding boot camps in your area
  • Local colleges and institutions

Expedite the process by building a program to automate everyday, tedious work tasks. Your job gets easier while having something to deliver to higher-ups to improve team performance.

Everything Becomes a Valuable Skill (Once Applied)

Never pass on opportunities to try something new at work. Whether that’s learning from a hire fresh out of college. Or, if you’re given a new, challenging task outside of your skill scope.

Take notes every step of the way — then go home and learn it in detail.

Every skill becomes a marketable asset. This added value will increase your likelihood of promotions and raises. Plus, it adds excitement to an otherwise mundane set of workplace routines.