So, do you consider starting your own business when in college? Well, we think it’s a wonderful idea! Here are the reasons.
Financial aid and college resources
Let’s start on the big one here. All businesses require money. They need investments, resources, and funds to work. But, of course, most young people won’t have access to such sums. Banks won’t give you a loan. That’s all that easy, either. Yet, you will have an opportunity for something even bigger.
Many institutions have special programs and scholarships for young entrepreneurs. You can apply for different financial aid programs to find enough resources for your business. Sure, you’ll have to qualify. Yet, proper preparation, a plan, and solid business ideas should be enough to earn someone’s attention.
Besides, maybe your own college has some type of assistance for ambitious people like yourself. In addition, don’t forget about what your college already offers. Students can enjoy fast Internet connections on campus, use Xerox machines, free consultations with their professors, and maybe even meeting rooms. Overall, the opportunities are many. You just need to look for them.
Being a student has its many advantages in your business endeavors. Yet, age itself is something to account for as quite a blessing. Young age means more liberties to act with no fear. You haven’t learned to hold back because of the fear of getting burned. Indeed, young people have much less to lose than if they were older. An adult life after college comes with numerous responsibilities, commitments, and other limitations that you can’t overcome in an instant.
Sure, starting your business so young has its challenges. Combining studies with business can be difficult. Even then, you can always ask friends to tutor you, pay for essay work, or negotiate for a longer deadline. This is the time with lower risks and, thus, more room for errors. If you are to fail, it won’t feel as bad or have such terrible consequences as later in life. Of course, it may hurt your ego somewhat and take you back a few steps. Yet, no significant repercussions are expected. You just won’t get what you wanted on the first try.
You will have a perfect opportunity to develop and launch your idea during college; if it is a success – great! Congratulations. If it’s not, well, it’s an experience. You’ll graduate from college with a tested business idea. Use it to grow and improve next time around.
Students may not realize it while in college, yet schools are somewhat a Neverland island. It’s a place where you get to be silly, naive, and careless for just a few more years. Sure, you have to study hard and keep up with your program. Perhaps, you also have a part-time job. Yet, these are only samples of what your life will be like later when you start a career.
By starting a business at such an age, you will be able to grow up faster. You get to meet the real world with its challenges, sharp corners, real competition, etc. It’s a tough place to be in your early twenties. Yet, it’s a great chance to try yourself in the real world you are about to enter anyway.
Classrooms can teach you only as much. However, launching your own company will be a whole different experience. There, you’ll have to get organized, pull your weight like never before, find people to rely on and build a business together, and more. You’ll have to prove yourself to the world by being a responsible, hard-working, and reliable person. Only then your first real-world experience will be a success.
Your college is also full of free help. Most of your professors would love to help you in your beginnings. In fact, many of them will be honored to become your mentors. Oh, and don’t be naive about needing one. You simply have to have one for your and your business’s sake. One person, especially young and inexperienced, is more at risk of burning themselves without the help of others.
Besides, you will never have an opportunity of being surrounded by so many well-educated, wise, and altruistic people ever again. It’s only in college people of older age and greater experience are so eager to help young hotheads like yourself. These people already spend their days sharing their wisdom with others. Students may not always appreciate such a job. Yet, the importance of such a calling is life-changing.
Don’t waste your time starting a business if you are unwilling to listen to the wise men’s words. Of course, you don’t have to follow them exactly. However, taking in other opinions and knowing when to come for a word of advice can save your business from the seed.