LESSON #9: Basic Computer Skills You Need to Have

We’ve talked about some things that you need to have in order to start an online business, so now we’re going to talk about some things you need to know.

Like I said back in lesson 3, you DON’T need to be a computer expert to be an internet marketer, but you do need to have some basic skills…

(Watch this video…)

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Main points:

What you need to know…

1) Using your computer; turning it on, off, etc.
2) Mouse skills: Left click, right click, double click
3) Using Windows or whatever OS you have
4) Navigating your computer
5) Working with windows: Open, close, minimize, maximize, resize, move
6) Multitasking with multiple programs/windows open
7) Creating folders
8] Changing your folder “view”
9) Naming and renaming files
10) “Dragging and dropping”
11) Copying and moving files/folders
12) Zipping and unzipping files
13) Installing a software program
14) Opening a program
15) Copying and pasting text
16) Editing and saving files/documents
17) Save vs. Save As
18) Using a web browser to navigate the internet
19) “Googling” and other online research
20) Sending and receiving email
21) Opening a PDF file with Adobe reader
22) Using productivity software such as Word and Excel, or OpenOffice

Action steps:

1) Go through this list of skills, and if you don’t know how to do something, learn it.

If you’re truly a self-taught learner, then you can learn it all here on the internet for free, as long as you know how to click on a link and navigate some sites that I’ve provided below:

(UPDATE: Some of the links I mentioned in the video are no longer valid, but these ones should work…)

http://www.ctdlc.org/remediation/ (includes quizzes)

Alright, so now we’ve covered most of the basics… but when it comes to online business, there’s an entire vocabulary that you’ll need to be familiar with. I’ll cover those online business terms in the next lesson.

As always, you are welcome to post your questions and comments below.

Have a great day!

232 comments on “LESSON #9: Basic Computer Skills You Need to Have

  1. Eric Post author

    I will be covering those topics throughout these lessons 🙂

  2. angie

    Hi Eric.I am not a computer expert but I will follow the basic computer skills we need to know; It’s really a good help for the newbies:God Bless!

  3. angie

    Hi Eric thanks again for lessons # 9 .I am not a computer expert but your basic computer skills will help me a lot.
    God Bless!

  4. Siddik

    Hi Eric!
    How much lesions should I need to follow to start my business? I am crazy man !!!!!!!
    I have no time.I made all the preparation except an web page where I could disply my proposal. Thanks

  5. Shane

    Thanks Eric for all that you are teaching us.

    Iris. If you are like me and cannot wait for tomorrows lesson all you need to do is go to your browser and type in http://www.ericstips.com/tips/lesson10 or whatever number you want to go to.
    Its good to follow day to day, but the knowledge Eric is teaching just gets you that excited that you cant wait till the next day to get it.

    Kia Kaha,


  6. Rollins

    Hi Eric
    thanks for everything.Please i want to know the sites that pay to work from home,requirements and the necessary steps to begin.Keep the good work.Thanks

  7. Patsy

    Christ wants us to give our money to help those less fortunate. First, we have to HAVE money to give. Believe me, when I am an internet millionaire, I will not forget the poor!

  8. Tom Gregorio

    Hi Eric.
    Yet another great video! This is actually the first time I’ve ever seen a free training video geared so much for the nubiee. I don’t think many people realize the tools required to run an online business. After watching your video I realized that I already have some good tools in my tool belt. More to learn though, thanks for teaching us.


  9. Fett verbrennen

    Hello Eric, you really do it step by step. Great stuff for newbies.

    Have a great day,

  10. cristina

    el tiempo es crucial en este sentido, pues estar frente a la pantalla por muchas horas la vista se cansa, pero debo de aclar algo que lo mejor es hacer un horario para la mejor comprension de cada elemento.

  11. kone abou

    hi sir;
    i have received lesson9 and i’m looking forward to receive the next thaks and see you.

  12. al

    I am desperate and would like to open an online business. Would you recommend that I buy one of those packages that some of those gurus are selling and start there? If not, what is the best way to start. Appreciate your input. Thanks. Al.

  13. Eric Post author

    There are many legitimate ways of building an online business. My preferred method is contained within these lessons. So it’s up to you whether this is the type of business you want to build. Ultimately, you should choose one and go for it 🙂

    Just make sure it is your OWN business, and not just some program designed to put money in someone else’s pocket.

  14. Anonymous

    I appreciate you “really” starting from scratch. Too many instructors act like we all know it which makes most of their courses unusable or at least very confusing. I’m 66 and learn quickly but had no computer training.
    Going over the basics gives me confidence as, so far, I found out that I know quite a bit.

  15. NESTOR

    These are a real steps to success.Thank you my coach ,help me to excel.I am looking for the next lessons as I have lesson 9.Thank you.

  16. Jason

    I consider myself an expert computer user. Not to brag but my mom calls me all the time to help her out. That said, getting into internet marketing has really taught me to be organized. I’ve found that if organize my files and folders around the same format then it’s easier to find things, and of course keep things squared away. In the end the more organized you can be the faster you can do or automate your mundane tasks. Major time saver.

  17. Daniel Pacitti

    Hello from sunny (finally) Florida, I am so glad to have found you. I have asked many leaders I affiliate for, to help me on some of the basics and I get sent info that is just as or more tecky than I started with! Finally, I get what I need through your lessons. Easy to understand and links to learn more. Thanks dude!

  18. Kari Saarinen

    Hi Eric,
    You are a good teacher. Most of skilled marketers don´t understand that there are many people who aren´t so techy.


  19. bob gibbs

    hi eric am new to your website and finding your lessons very interesting and useful i am at lesson 9 at the moment but going through very quickly thanks bob england

  20. mohamed

    thank u Eric and god bless u

  21. Cheryl

    Thanks Eric it’s good to have such a checklist.

  22. Victor

    Another great video Eric. I know how to do most of the stuff on this list, but there was some things that I didn’t know how to do. I will definitely learn all the things that I don’t know how to do until I master them. These lessons rock, thanks again Eric. Btw, I am also from Colorado but I live in Pa right now and I can’t wait to go back to Denver. Take care and I look forward to all your lessons.

  23. Gee

    I don’t believe Eric is promoting the love of money. Rather a way to becoming self sufficient if you so desire.

    Religion and money aren’t exclusive of one another.

    Or is there another reason for the collection plates at church?

  24. Gee

    Thanks Eric for the basics.

    Most so called internet teachers assume this basic info is already learned. Not always the case.

    Thanks for the stepped approach you are taking

  25. royal

    thanks a lot for every lesson that you gave it was such a great idea to share some of your knowledge to all pc users and soon to be users out there!

  26. Sean Breslin

    Worth watching… I know zero about excell spread sheets… Ahh well, more to learn!

  27. Vita

    Thanks Eric. Lesson by lesson is great. I know much of the stuff that is needed so far, and look forward to each lesson.

  28. Colleen

    Thank yoy Eric. Just what I needed~ I have middle aged lady friend who are very keen to trade on line. They are completely new to ALL this stuff! This lesson will help me tp get them going. Thanks

  29. man

    nice lesson but it to basic.i don’t think people that can come here and read your blog don’t know this.But nice job maybe there really have people don’t know this.

  30. scott white

    Eric, Lesson #8 shut off at 5mins into it, can you send it to me again?

  31. aden

    Hi Eric,
    Like the way you present your lessons. Good to run through the basics. Think I have most of them but small daily lessons are right for me. As one of (very) old roosters this is much appreciated

  32. Jorge Dutra

    Hi Eric, I am loving it

  33. Leticia M Morgan

    thank you Eric…cannot wait for the next lesson

  34. Billy


    Finished Lesson-9. Once again, a very good lesson. A lot of good information. And at 53, it reminds me of something I have said many times over the years to other people–you’re never too old to learn something new….Well, I am definitely learning.

    Thanks Eric

  35. Lloyd Hrdlichka

    Thank you Eric for reinforcing many of the things that I already do on the pc. I look forward to lesson #10…Friends, Lloyd.

  36. john

    thank you so much Eric for this lessons. even though i have never made a dime on the internet, with your help, i am beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Eric beleive me you are really a gift to every newbie like me that may be opportuned to come across your tips. i am now wondering where have i been all this while. people like you are very rare these days. please keep on with the good work. God bless you real good.

  37. Bob McCormack

    To Eric, Yoy have a very nice,easy and rerlaxed way of explaning basics to someone. Very nice job getting the basics across to all. I wish I had you around on some of my work days trying to find and learn how to work on a project. Hope the more in-depth lessons go as well.
    Great Job

  38. Darin

    Hello Eric,
    I love the way you take nothing for granted with your tips, meaning you don’t know if we have any experience at all. I’m on #9 right now. I’m looking forward to learning from your teaching.

  39. Gene

    Thanks Eric……..this really is refreshing. I have decided to settle down, stop buying, and just get back to the basics. Hopefully, your lessons will get me back on track with my goals.
    May God Continue to Bless you Richly

  40. Michelle

    Hello Eric,

    Thanks for the lessons. As I read over the responses and replies I found myself wanting to “click” the “like button” many times. Kinda like a ditto in place of having to take the time to say the same thing someone else said or read something someone else already said. Maybe you got a lesson on how to do that?….just a thought. Have a great day and God Speed!

  41. Janny

    Hi Eric
    I see all this and wonder if my personal hold up online will be covered.
    Nobody actually says the nitty gritty of how to get a website sales page with a squeeze page up and going.
    It has been skirted around by everyone I’ve seen giving training.
    Is this going to happen?
    You’re doing a great job.

  42. Darminto

    Hi Eric, yes it’s OK, reminding and refreshing are also an importance one. I look forward to seeing from you the next lesson. Thanks!

  43. Trish

    Excellent overview of Basics and added bonus of websites. Eric, U B D Bomb!!!!


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