One great way to put your skills and experience to use is to start a training business. Many companies and organizations hire outside trainers to teach their employees or members new or specialized skills or concepts.
The basic steps for starting a training business are the same as for any other business. Do your marketing research. Clarify your business concept. Write your business and marketing plans. Obtain the licenses, certifications or credentials necessary. Ensure you have the necessary resources. Market your business. Launch!
However, a training business does require a few extra steps. First, just because you know how to do something does not mean you can effectively train others. Unless you have training experience, it is a good idea to take a "Train the Trainer" course. These types of courses teach you how to design training materials, how to work with large groups, the different learning styles your students my exhibit, how to give effective feedback, and much more.
Other than developing the skills necessary to become an effective trainer, there is usually no other certification necessary to start a training business. All you need is a website, your training materials, a business card, and some marketing materials and you are ready to go.
Once you have completed your training, you will need to design your training materials. These include the actual training module plus any visual aids necessary. You may also wish to have a student guide or workbook. There are many desktop publishing programs that can help you design these.
You will also need a location to hold your training sessions. If you are hired by a company or organization, then they should provide adequate space. However, if you are holding trainings for the community at large, then you will need to provide a training location complete with adequate parking, seating, and any necessary equipment such as computers.
In the past, companies and organizations had their own staff of trainers. But with the recession, many cut their training budgets. Now is a great time to consider opening your own training business.
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