Skill Finder, Australia’s free digital marketplace, has partnered with the world’s top technology platforms, including business management platform MYOB, to give Australians access to over 3,200 micro-skill courses.

These courses enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to learn a range of digital skills, to help nurture and grow their businesses. Many businesses view the end of the financial year as a time to reset business objectives.

While independent learning may not replace the expertise of an experienced professional, for smaller businesses it may provide enough knowledge and confidence to boost their capability.

Skill Finder gives business owners an opportunity to build on their knowledge and focus on the specific areas they would like to improve for their business – or for their own personal development. The courses available are broad and cover a number of key business development areas – from project management through to sales to marketing.

MYOB chief employee experience officer, Helen Lea’s suggested courses available via Skill Finder:

● Intro to social media for your business: while most of us know the social media basics, there are many elements for business owners to learn. In the latest MYOB Business Monitor 43% of SMEs said social media allowed more interaction with customers and 34% said it generated more enquiries or leads. This course provides a good overview to help inform a social media strategy.

● Day to day on MYOB – reporting: regardless of what software you use, it’s invaluable to know how reporting can provide you with insights to improve your business.

● Professional development: there is an entire category of courses to help SMEs with leadership, management, wellbeing or other areas of speciality. I’d encourage all business owners to take a look and see how Skill Finder might help with their professional and personal development.

Skill Finder program lead, James Horne’s recommended courses for SME teams:

● Presentations to impress – Present with confidence: this course will help both employees and employers understand the key essentials to building out a successful presentation that will wow both current and potential new clients.

● Day to day on MYOB Essentials: create an invoice: learning the basics of how to create an invoice will enable other employees to take some of the tasks off your plate and also equip them with fundamental skills for managing a business.

● Get social with your business on LinkedIn: LinkedIn is crucial in targeting other business professionals and networking, as well as showcasing the great work that you are doing, and potentially tapping into new audiences and elevating your business.

Upskilling with free resources from some of the world’s most credible industry partners is highly valuable and can be undertaken in a matter of hours, perfect for time-poor SMEs. Skill Finder has had over 100,000 click throughs to enrol, showcasing interest in Australians completing online technology courses from more than 30 providers.

James Horne is program lead for Skill Finder & Helen Lea is chief employee experience officer at MYOB.