By now, you’ve probably heard about all the reasons why co-op students are valuable to small businesses.
But have you ever thought about hiring a tech co-op student? Technology is becoming more and more important to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Especially for small businesses, using the right technology effectively can help you become more profitable, versatile, and sustainable.
Here are a few reasons why hiring a tech co-op student might be the best choice you can make for your non-tech company.
Technology is Everywhere…
No matter what kind of small business you have, your company uses tech. You have a website that needs to be revamped, a data management system that needs to be optimized, or a mobile app that needs to be developed. Hiring a co-op student can help you get the most out of your existing technology and make sure the systems you rely on are always working when you need them most.
…And it’s Always Evolving
It seems like there’s an exciting new development in the world of technology every single day, and many of those developments could be used to push your business to the next level. A tech co-op student can help implement updates to programs you already use or introduce you to a brand-new program that simplifies your life. For example, non-profit organization For the Love of the Game hired a co-op student who helped move their website from one hosting service to another, and updated their existing website so they could collect registration fees by both credit card and Paypal.
Many Tech Projects are Short-Term
Having a small business means managing a small team, and a lot of the time, projects that you’d like to get done are pushed to the side because no one has the time to work on them. That’s where a tech co-op student comes in – a typical work term is only four months long, although back-to-back terms are possible for longer projects. This means that you can hire a student for a specific programming or hardware project that you’ve been putting off, no matter how simple or complex, without worrying about bringing on a full-time employee.
They Can Work on a Variety of Projects
Whether you want to create an app, give your brand a fresh new look, or automate some of your processes, a tech co-op student can help. Their talents are versatile, and whatever you have in mind, the right co-op can help you accomplish it.
There are endless stories from organizations who hired tech co-op students and were thankful that they did! Here’s just a couple of them:
Elate Cosmetics hired a tech co-op student to update their e-commerce store, and said their student was “essential to scaling up the business and excelled at her role.”
Through their work on the company website, ContainerWest Manufacturing’s student “completely transformed the company’s image and far surpassed expectations.”
Grande West Transportation’s student helped to produce schematics and created engineering drawings using specialized software. He “fit seamlessly with the team…and the company was pleased with his attitude and work.”
With their fresh perspectives and eagerness to learn, tech co-op students have the potential to streamline your business, make you more agile, and directly impact your bottom line.
What more could you ask for?
Are you ready to hire a tech co-op student? Your small business could be eligible for up to $10,800 a year in funding from BC Innovation Council’s BC Tech Co-op Grants Program! Check your eligibility today.