Corporate Digital Skills Are Irrelevant If You Want To Start, Grow & Scale An Online Business Successfully Updated for 2024

Corporate Digital Skills Are Irrelevant For Successful Entrepreneurship by Tony de Bree

Updated: May 25, 2024

Good morning.

Exactly ten years ago I left my well-paid corporate job at ABN Amro Bank to be able to do a full-time ‘hybrid’ business and to earn money without the burden of a large corporate organization suffeering from ‘organizational obesitas’.

I soon discovered in 2001 during my first step to become self-employed with my ‘online plan-b’ in addition to my regular job, that many of my corporate skills, education and training were of little use.

What are corporate skills?

Corporate skills are specific, person-related characteristics that are reflected in successful behavior within a large business organization. These competencies determine whether you are suitable for a specific position and whether you fit within the, in this case, corporate organizational culture of a large traditional company. This concerns corporate social skills, corporate sales & marketing knowledge and experience and corporate digital skills.

Corporate digital skills are irrelevant to start, grow and scale an online business successfully

In the year 2000, I started to learn how to make money online from home. I quickly discovered that, with a few exceptions, my corporate digital skills and degrees were irrelevant to starting, growing and scaling a successful ‘making money from home’ online business.  In my case, by writing and selling Internet marketing e-books in English, and software, my ‘online plan-b’.

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No more corporate digital skills training.

And that is why, immediately after my departure from ABN Amro in 2011, I completely stopped following corporate digital skills courses and other corporate courses including corporate social skills and corporate digital marketing courses by the way.

What I have done since then and still doing every day between 1-3 hours is focus on following tailor-made ICT courses and digital marketing blended learning courses . In my own time, at my own pace and at a much lower cost using online tutorials and ‘how-to-make-money-online with our software’ webinars.

So if you want to start doing business successfully online and grow & scale your online business staying small with ICT and follow relevant digital skills education, training & coaching, stop following corporate courses, including corporate management courses, corporate soft-skill courses and corporate digital skills courses.

Follow: blended ‘digital-right skilling programs’ for entrepreneurs.

If you want to know more about that, email me here.

Tony de Bree worked at ABN AMRO for 26 years and made the transition from banker to entrepreneur by trial and error with his own “online plan b”. He is a consultant, speaker, lecturer and business coach and serial writer of a large number of ‘How-to-books’. Tony helps corporates, startups, scalups and SMEs survive the crisis and startups including students and managers and employees of corporates to make the transition from manager or employee to successful online entrepreneurship with their own ‘Lean & mean’ virtual organisation. 

About the Author: tonydebree

Tony de Bree worked in Financial Services including in corporate venturing and e-commerce for 26 years and he made the transition from banker to entrepreneur working from home and making money online with his own "online plan b" with digital products as side-hustles in 2000 and as hybrid business owner since 2011. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, he helps corporates, small business owners, startups & scaleups to define and implement the best digital survival strategy and he helps managers and employees to become a successful entrepreneur with a personal digital-right skilling plan.

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