Considering starting a business while in school? Companies like Microsoft and hundreds of others started in a dorm room and so can you. Here are several reasons why you should take the leap and take control of your future while in college:,
1. Campus Advisory Board – Is there a school of business on your campus? If there is, you will have access to entire advisory departments: finance, management, marketing, accounting, legal and more. Professors are more than willing to help use their expertise and connections to see a student from their school succeed in the business world. Whether you incorporate in California or start an affiliate marketing venture, start your business and don’t hesitate to ask for help. These PhD’s are often well networked and experienced.
2. Word of Mouth – Word spreads quickly on campus and it will be your cheapest form of marketing. There is no better endorsement to buy a product or service than having a recommendation from a friend. It’s almost like hearing “Hey, everyone is going to this party tonight, you have to be there.” Napster music sharing service started in a college dorm room and spread like wildfire because of the students’ proximity to one another. Use this to your advantage.
3. Technology – Colleges are a hotbed of technology and people who understand it. Chances are your school offers WiFi, copy and fax machines, scanners, software, a high tech library, students walk around with cell phones, iPods, and laptops. You are in one of the most well connected places on earth – take full advantage. Everything that you need to start your business is right infront of you. In a real bind? Make friends with the IT department and they will help you out.
4. Campus Resources – Many colleges have amazing alumni networks, incubators, and entrepreneurship clubs set up already. If they don’t–look into creating a chapter of theon your campus. The more entrepreneurial people you surround yourself with the more driven and motivated you will become. Entrepreneurship is a long hard battle, you will need a quality support group.
5. Access to Cheap Labor – Your college or university is full of young people trying to gain new experiences and a little bit of spending money. Need help with your business? Look no further than other college students. Many students will do unpaid internship if you make the experience worth their while. Find other entrepreneurial minded students and pay them a commission based salary or find someone who wants to work part time for an hourly wage. Need web development done? Ask around campus or post a job with your Career Services Center.
6. Now is the Time – Don’t wait until you have a mortgage and kids to start your business, do it while you have some breathing room attending college. You could be out partying 24-7 or you could make the sacrifice now. You might even have the option of moving home after graduation and bootstrapping your business from your parents basement. Tackle the challenge of starting a business while you have a crutch to lean on.
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