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Trudy Ritsema

Social Media for the Self-Employed


My name is Trudy Ritsema and I am a qualified IT trainer and technology lover with over 15 years experience of teaching computers to adults. After years of working with corporate companies and in further education I set up IT Courses Dorchester which focusses on IT Courses for small businesses.

The training maybe in the form of a workshop where you learn with other small business owners or 1-2-1 where I can come to you and we can tailor the training to your needs.

1-2-1 Training

1-2-1 training is great way to be shown specific things that need to know about your business social media accounts. I can come to your office (or kitchen table!) where we can start from scratch and I can help you set up your accounts or perhaps you need a troubleshooting sessions where we answer all those questions that have been niggling you about your business social media accounts. Or if you need a session on actually how to use a specific social media platform for you business we can do that too.

The Workshops

I run frequent workshops where you can learn with other small business owners in an informal environment. These are hands on so you bring your laptop or device and use that in the session. This means you are using the technology you are use to and your own social media accounts. Generally the workshops focus on specific topic for example “How to make Instagram work for your business”.

Currently I am running these workshops from my home – I developed the phrase #kitchentablelearning as I believe the best learning takes place around the comfort of the kitchen table! The advantage of this is that the groups are small and the kettle is always in reach! (I am based just outside of Dorchester with plenty of parking).

Bespoke Private Workshops

I also run workshops that are catered for a specific group and can be totally tailored to them. For example I have trained a group of wedding suppliers who wanted to know about specific things within social media. Another small group of B&B owners were trained on how Facebook can target their potential customers. I can arrange a venue for this or if you have a venue that can be used – so long as it has wifi I can come to you!

After the Training Sessions

After either a 1-2-1 session or a workshop I offer free support via a closed group on Facebook. Here I post updates on the latest changes on social media and any information that could be relevant to your small businesses digital plan! Though this was not my intention this is also a great place to meet other local small businesses.

I also run a session called #Geekchat where I invite anyone I have trained to come along to an informal session where we can chat about changes in social media, what is working digitally for different businesses and latest trends. All of this is obviously over a cuppa and cake!

I am based in Dorchester and am happy to travel around the lovely Dorset.

Get in touch online via any of the following social media platforms; Facebook – @itcoursesdorchester, Instagram – @itcoursesdorchester, Twitter – @itcoursesdorch, Pinterest – @itcoursesdorch or take a look at my web site

I am also happy to chat on the phone (07581 458326) or via Facetime/Skype!