Last updated: 05.09.14

Startups 'can save time through e-learning'

Starting up a new business is notoriously difficult and it is an unavoidable fact that the majority fail to get off the ground.

However, that isn't to say small business founders do not put enough effort in, with recent research from call handling company Penelope revealing that owners generally work an average of 52 hours per week. 

This is 63 per cent more than what is expected of most staff and, whether unintentional or otherwise, inefficient use of the available time is one of the key factors that hampers startups.

Predominantly, the ultimate goal is to grow the business, and this increasingly requires owners and staff to develop their skills and expertise. Yet when the limited amount of available time is taken up with other administrative tasks, training quickly slides down the list of priorities.

In order to thrive and grow, startups need to ensure the workforce continues to receive the help it needs, while also making use of the small windows of time available to them. 

This is where e-learning can have such a positive impact, allowing owners and employers to receive cloud-based training whenever it is most suitable to them. As a result, they can work on skills and knowledge they might otherwise never find time to develop.

Whether it is industry-specific or more general subject-based learning required, Virtual College offers a series of courses that will instantly provide vital information for workers, as well as helping to maximise efficiency and reduce the time spent providing informal training to colleagues.

The nature of the cloud means the delivery of e-learning can be divided into small modules, with many taking up only very short amounts of time to ensure they can be flexibly administered whenever possible.

In addition, they can be accessed at any time of day or night, which is ideal for companies that have staff working on different shift patterns as there is no need to bring everyone together for the sessions.