MSPs are probably best known for acting as the de facto IT departments for small to medium sized businesses. You deal with tasks like software updates, backups, and making sure the IT lights stay on, but there are ways for you to help your clients even more.
One idea is to learn how to code. If you can build some basic applications for your clients, you can increase your value proposition and make your company more essential to your client’s operations.
You might think that obtaining coding skills would be beyond your reach, or simply too expensive, but there are a number of free and low-cost learning tools available that can help you start coding.
With #coding, #MSPs can build basic applications for clients and increase their value proposition to make themselves more essential to client operations.
A programmer wrote about his experience on FCC in a Medium post in 2016, and how he learned some pretty advanced programming skills in a year. It wasn’t easy, but he was able to get certified and get a job as a programmer. According to the FCC website, his experience was not unique. In fact, more than 40,000 developers have been employed in programming jobs after completing these training courses. They have graduates working as coders at companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Spotify.
Another option is Code Academy, which offers free and paid options to learn different coding languages. The paid option is $19 per month and offers much more in-depth training, but the free option is designed to give you a starting point with coding and lets you see if you want to go further. According to the site’s FAQ:
“Pro [the paid option] provides you with hundreds of additional exercises, practice packs, and quizzes to help you sharpen your coding skills. Pro also contains real-world projects that train you to apply the skills you are learning in realistic scenarios.”
These are just two examples of the wide range resources that are available today online and in app stores to help you learn coding skills. You may not have to write full-blown programs for your clients, but the more skills you have, the more value you’ll have, and the more likely your clients will rely on you for more sophisticated IT tasks beyond pure maintenance.
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