You don’t have to be a whiz at computers to become a successful entrepreneur. However, in today’s world, everything from marketing to finance to recordkeeping relies upon some element of technology. Even if you were to just apply for a job in an office, it’s generally expected you’ll be equipped with basic knowledge of computers. When you’re an entrepreneur, your skills need to be on an entirely different level: To get ahead, you need to have an edge, and that means a strong base of computer knowledge is almost a must. One of the most useful tools to learn is coding.
Here’s why you should add coding to your skill set if you want to be an entrepreneur:
When you’re establishing a business, you’ll need a website where potential clients and investors can quickly learn more about you. Building a complex, fancy website is no easy feat, and doing so generally means paying a professional designer thousands of dollars to do it for you. Not many teens can afford to do that. Luckily, if you know how to do even just a little coding, you can easily build a starter website for yourself on content management systems (CMS) such as Tumblr or WordPress.com or WordPress.org, which will cost you next to nothing (most of the cost comes from buying your domain and hosting if you go with a platform like WordPress.org), and be able to tweak it to your specifications. *If you’re interested in developing certain skills such as web design, graphic design, or even how to use CAD software, check out our Chugim, or program electives.
Knowing how to manage your website over time is critical. You don’t want to have to contact a designer or developer for every small change you want to make, such as adding and updating plugins, uploading blog posts and images, etc. Instead, you want to save those contacts (and your money for them) only for when something critical breaks or your website goes down and your hosting provider isn’t responding fast enough. Build a Learning Library of sorts for yourself – essentially a list of resources you can quickly use when you need to learn a new website element. Start with Youtube.com for video tutorials or the help forums for your CMS.
Even if learning to code right now puts you ahead of the curve, chances are that the rest of the world is going to catch up soon. Once everyone knows how to code, not only will coding be a skill you’re expected to know, but you’ll also have to build off the knowledge you already have of it to learn other skills that will keep you ahead. In today’s world, coding is a practical skill for everyday use that can put you ahead of your peers, at least for a short time before you learn every more new technological and entrepreneurial skills.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” While you may already be a visionary — which is probably why you want to become an entrepreneur — coding gives your thought process another dimension. It teaches you how to problem solve and use logic in an entirely new way, as coding requires precise implementation and analysis in order for your program to work and be successful in the long-term.
Learning how to code has the ability to expand your creative world. So many individuals have started out by picking up simple code for various reasons and soon after realized that they’d embarked on a road that could lead to creating so many fun and useful products and services: websites, smartphone applications, social media platforms, and more. Coding is so valuable that President Obama has even asked young Americans to learn the skill, to keep our country on the cutting edge of technology. At Camp Inc., you’ll learn more about technological and other high-level business skills necessary to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Join us this summer by signing up here!
Has this article piqued your interest on learning how to code? Here’s a short list of five programming resources for you to teach yourself how to code:
Khan Academy: Intro to Programming
Code.org: Learn the Basics of Computer Science
Wikiversity: Introduction to Programming
MIT Open Courseware: Introductory Programming Courses
CodeAcademy: The Original “Getting Started With Programming”