Is the internet a young person's game?
June 13, 2012 8:11 AM Subscribe
Is my business future really all about the internet? (personal, technical, philosophical details inside)
posted by Classic Diner to computers & internet (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I own a small business which was successful, but lately seems to be losing ground to internet competitors. Six years ago ignoring the internet seemed to work, now, not so much. I am in my 40s with a bachelors degree in English.
The closest thing I have to a mentor has repeatedly suggested I get on board with the internet. I don't really have the resources right now to hire a professional web developer to get me up to speed, and I don't think I really have the tools to manage such a person.
Could I (a 40 something guy) actually learn Visual Studio, Expression Web, ASP.net, and SQL and make a go of this. And if this particular small business didn't work out, would I have the skills to get a job here in the 21st century. Or am I just barking up the wrong tree filled with pipe dreams? Is it too late for me (due to age and number of similarly skilled people) to go down this road?
I'm not looking to be the next internet gazillionaire. Just looking for the path to keep working for the next few decades.
Bonus question: If I wanted to do this, where should I start?