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5 Reasons To Start That Business Now


While this post is addressed towards college students, it can still apply for high school students; you might just need to think outside the box a little more.

Do you have entrepreneurial spirit? Are you still in school? Then this might be the best time for you to start your own business. Whether it’s reselling textbooks or starting your own computer business, there is no better time to start a business than in college. Here are four reasons why:

1. Help is Abundant

There’s no shame in asking for help when starting your business. And there’s no better place to ask for it than a place full of people willing to help. The business school on your campus will be sure to have advisors and professors that would love to give advice and help their students succeed. And often times if the professor can’t help, they are connected to a lot of experienced people that can help you.

2. People Love to Talk

You would be amazed as to how easy it is to get everyone on your campus to know about something if you put a little effort into it. Ask your friends to help promote your product/service through word-of-mouth. With everyone connecting all the time on campus, your brand will spread like wildfire; and best of all, your marketing campaign can be free!

3. College Resources

There are plenty of clubs and other organizations that can help you in your quest to build your business. You can look for local entrepreneur information online and then join the local entrepreneur club and start participating. That way you can find other like-minded people to help push you in your journey towards success. By surrounding yourself with other successful minded and driven people it will only help keep you focused and push you harder.

Colleges also are a hot spot for new technologies. Most campus’s have Wi-Fi throughout and also have printing, faxing, copying, etc. services as well. And best of all, there are lots of people who understand how to work all that technology as well, so if you get in a rut, they can easily help you out.

4. Everyone Wants a Job

College students love extra spending money. And if your business takes more than just you to run it there are people looking to help. Find other entrepreneurial-minded people to hire. Not only will you be able to expand your business, but you can also get new ideas and insights from employees. Pay on an hourly salary or based on a commission, whatever works best with the kind of work that needs to be done.

5. You Have the Time

In college, you are only in class for 15 or so hours a week. Get your homework and assignments done right away and you have plenty of time to devote to building a business. Also, you don’t have commitments that will come up after college.  When you have kids running around and a mortgage to pay off, there’s a less likely chance you’ll be willing to take that risk and plummet into new endeavors.

Now is the time to start building your business. Starting a business can be done with only a couple hundred dollars or less if you have the motivation and drive to do it. College entrepreneurs are cool and successful, and that’s a powerful mix to strive for. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, take a look at Inc. magazine’s article on the coolest college startups of 2010.

  • Ryan

    All good points Kevin. Especially the time issue. We always have time to do whatever we want to do with our lives. You and I have access to the same 24 hours. It’s how we choose to spend them.

    As for the help it is abundant. There are a wealth of knowledgeable mentors ready and willing to help anyone who has the courage to ask for their assistance. Leaders are readers but they are askers too.

    • http://www.startupbizblog.com Kevin Kaiser

      Great Point. It’s all about if you have the guts to use your time to put yourself out there or if you want to just sit at home and watch tv.
      .-= Kevin Kaiser´s last blog post: 7 Ways to Promote Your Startup Offline =-.

      • http://JasonWheeler.biz/stockmarket Jason Wheeler

        True that many just won’t put the time it. 7pm to 2am is a great time to get started on your business if you are busy during the day. Anyone can do it with a bit of dedication.
        .-= Jason Wheeler´s last blog post: Five Ways to Get Good Karma Everyday =-.

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  • Tyler King

    Something else to consider with #5 is that in college, starting a business will be good for your carrer even if it’s a huge failure. Obviously you hope to succeed, but at the very least you’ll have great experience to talk about if you end up applying for jobs after college. That will really set you apart.

    Even if you don’t stay in the entrepreneurial game, starting a business in college is a great career move.

    • http://www.startupbizblog.com Kevin Kaiser

      Tyler, that is a great addition that I didn’t think of when writing this. Future employers will see that you are willing to take risks and go big for them and that can really set you apart like you mention. Thanks for the input!
      .-= Kevin Kaiser´s last blog post: 7 Ways to Promote Your Startup Offline =-.

  • http://www.murlu.com Murlu

    That’s the one thing I miss about attending college – the academic environment. I loved being around my peers because there was such a buzz to do something great and try new things.

    I attended for computer programming and networking which was amazing to see an entire class devour a subject when someone brought it up. The connections you make with people are priceless.

    College is the perfect time to try out a business; you have so much free time and resources available.

    Just focusing on your peers is enough to build a successful business. Schools reaching thousands of students all within the same location really gives you a tight knit community to understand and find things they’re willing to try.

    This is probably why so many great tech companies started in colleges.
    .-= Murlu´s last blog post: How To Choose A Profitable Niche Blog Topic =-.

    • http://www.startupbizblog.com Kevin Kaiser

      Great additions Murlu! I think many people think to big initially when starting up a business but if they just market a useful product/service to their peers at the same university, they can still make a killer business.
      .-= Kevin Kaiser´s last blog post: 7 Ways to Promote Your Startup Offline =-.

  • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing

    While it doesn’t apply to me, I’d say all those in his age group should certainly pay attention.

    Tweeting. :)
    .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog post: Warning: 8 Posts Coming Back to Back =-.

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  • Joe Boyle

    As my parents always told me, don’t wait until the last minute. By starting that business tomorrow instead of today, you lose a day’s worth of work, someone could steal your idea, or you could just simply forget the idea. For example, I had a wonderful idea in math class yesterday, but I didn’t act until this morning. Now, I have to piece together details in order to remember little bits.

    • http://www.startupbizblog.com Kevin Kaiser

      The wisdom of parents I guess, as mine always told me the same thing. I guess that’s were I get my do it now attitude from and I thank them very much for it.
      .-= Kevin Kaiser´s last blog post: 7 Ways to Promote Your Startup Offline =-.

  • http://www.youngprepro.com Onibalusi Bamidele

    Wow! Great post.

    Many people fail to get started and the truth is, the starting point is the most difficult point, once you get started, every other thing becomes easy.

    Thanks a lot for the great post,
    -Onibalusi

    • http://www.startupbizblog.com Kevin Kaiser

      Thanks so much for the kind words Onibalusi. It means a lot to get feedback, whether positive or negative.

      And I’ll agree that there is a threshold that needs to be crossed at the beginning so that you can take on a snowball effect afterward.
      .-= Kevin Kaiser´s last blog post: 7 Ways to Promote Your Startup Offline =-.

  • Sporter

    In college, you are only in class for 15 or so hours a week. Get your homework and assignments done right away and you have plenty of time to devote to building a business. Also, you don’t have commitments that will come up after college.  When you have kids running around and a mortgage to pay off, there’s a less likely chance you’ll be willing to take that risk and plummet into new endeavors.
    +1

  • Sebin

    Also there are a lot of VC’s out there looking to fund college-startups because that’s where most of the ideas brew ! Great post and a great blog you got there Kevin

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  • http://Millionaireat24.com Aaron Darko

    Hey Kevin, absolutely agree.

    To all young entrepreneurs out there, especially those who are still at school, get started building your business NOW NOW NOW!

    You will be glad you did when you are making tons of money living a nice relaxed life while your friends who you went to school with are busting their ass working a job they hate.
    .-= Aaron Darko´s last blog post: Dude I Hate My Job – If You Hate Your Job You Will Love This! =-.

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  • BlogInvestorDave

    Great points in this post but above all the reason to start that business now is because if you really want to be financially free and live the life you so desire then there is no better time but to start that business now.

    Bill Gates commented some time ago that the average person would have to work three jobs to live comfortably, that’s insane.

    As a whole this post is great.

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