How To Get Your Start As An Entrepreneur
The fast and furious world we live in allows students fantastic opportunities through the summer months. Instead of wasting your gas money delivering pizzas at your summer job, fulfill your passion. Here’s a few ways you can optimize your free time in between studies. There is no better time than the present!
Where To Begin…
Research – Take the time and figure out what your passion is. What do you like doing and how can you make money doing it?
Get inspired – Not quite sure just what is you’d like to do? Grab some inspiration from what other people are doing and find a way to put your own twist on it. If the creative ideas aren’t there for you focus on your own unique branding and marketing strategy.
Go online – This is not only one of the best places to find inspiration but you can also find a lot of valuable information on how to start a business.
Make a business plan – What is your business, who are your competitors? Will you need employees? What is your financial plan, is your idea feasible? These are important logistics to sort out before getting started.
Build your brand – Every business needs a point of contact. Get started with business cards. We get ours from Vistaprint, they are fast, professional and good quality. It is extremely important to showcase what you’re selling. Start a website to let your clients know you are indeed a real business. There are tons of free web templates online you can choose from. Add photos, some text and you’re up and running in a matter of hours! Make sure your website is professional and that you include all pertinent information. Another great marketing and design tool we like to use is Canva. It’s free and easy to use for beginners.
Stomp the pavement – This is a step you may think to skip with the ease of the online world. Don’t! The old fashioned way of making connections face to face will build your clientele extensively. Word of mouth in some businesses is everything!
An alternative to jumping into starting your own company is a summer internship at a tech company. If you are a high school or college student, there are countless opportunities for internships to learn from some of the best. Government grants make it easy for tech companies to seek out experienced youth for a number of jobs like research and development.
This is a great way to learn from creative individuals who have built a company from the ground up. Seeing day to day operations can give you a good idea of how you might like to run your own business.
Here Are Some Job Ideas To Get The Juices Flowing
Build an app
And if none of those ideas make your heart sing, get creative and invent something NEW. Find a niche market that caters to a new product.
Benefits of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship has a lot of perks. It’s your business so you get to set your own hours. (Be aware that this does also influence how much money you can make.) The harder you work the more you can make. The main draw for individuals thinking about starting their own company is doing something that you love. You get to wake up every morning and choose what you’re doing. Enough said.
Hart Main (ManCan)
Check out how 13 year old Hart Main crafted up his well-branded candle company “ManCan”
Catherine & Geoff Cooke (myyearbook.com)
Brother and sister team created myyearbook as an online alternative to the dated keepsake.
Noa Mintz (Nannies By Noa)
15 year old New Yorker, Noa Mintz started a nanny agency, inspired by her own search for the perfect caretaker.
With some desire, elbow grease and a bit of research you can try your hand at entrepreneurship. Who knows maybe you’ll be the next big success story! For more positive inspiration check out Inc’s list of top 40 entrepreneurs under 20.