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Entrepreneurship Lessons for Students
You know some of the names of the greatest modern entrepreneurs in history, and studying their lives will without a doubt inspire members of your generation. Maybe YOU are the next Bezos or Zuckerberg. Maybe your life will be the one to inspire the generation following yours. One of the most common traits of successful entrepreneurs is that they never stop learning. To start being an entrepreneur, learn what you can from the following article and links.
Hit the Books… and the Internet… and Conferences…
One of the things that separate your generation from the generation before it is that you have such a wide variety of vessels through which you can receive your education. This means that simply “hitting the books” as your parents may have done is simply not enough. Today, you can learn about business and entrepreneurship from textbooks, TED Talks, free and paid online courses, online certifications, etc. There are a wide variety of styles of learning, and for each of these styles, there is a corresponding instructional method. Try out a few and decide what is best for you.
You’re a Future Business Leader in America… and There’s a Club for That
You’re young. You, as a young entrepreneur, think differently than most of your peers. While most of your friends spend the majority of their time concerned with parties, sports, or whatever they’re into, you’re concerned with funding, profit margins, and angel investors. The Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, understands that part of you. They provide some profound experiences for future entrepreneurs, such as special programs and national events. At these events, you not only learn from successful entrepreneurs who have been doing this for a long time, but you also meet with other like-minded young people who want to break into entrepreneurship as well.
Skip Ahead in the Education Line by Going Online
Even in traditional education settings, teachers and professors are leaning more toward online solutions. Online material simply allows teachers to be more flexible, addressing the needs of all of their students. In this, you should follow their lead. If you look online for business and entrepreneurship lessons, you’re bound to find them. In fact, you’re likely to find hundreds if not thousands of them. Don’t let the sheer volume overwhelm you. It simply means you have hundreds or thousands of teachers, programs, and methods, so you’re likely to find something that seems entirely tailored to you.
Try, Try, and Try Again
Any successful entrepreneur will tell you: not every idea is going to work. In fact, most won’t. It won’t be for a lack of effort or desire. Sometimes it will be a lack of expertise, money, and sometimes it will simply be bad luck. Whatever the reason, sometimes ideas just don’t work. What separates successful entrepreneurs from unsuccessful ones is that they are willing to get back up and try again.
This is, of course, easier said than done. Entrepreneurs tend to be out on a limb when it comes to their efforts. Part of the reason for this is that they are often the entire marketing team for their idea (as well as the CEO, CFO, and everything else down to the receptionist). As a result of this, their failures are often noticeable by the people around them, and so failures can feel even bigger than they are. The thing is, the same entrepreneurs who say some ideas won’t work will tell you something else: failure is the mother of all invention.
- NextGen Entrepreneurs – Before a heavy focus was put on STEM, entrepreneurs of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and races were innovating and inventing new solutions to common problems.
- Launching Low-Income Entrepreneurs – Entrepreneurship can be achieved regardless of economic status. Low-income entrepreneurs have emerged as middle-income jobs decline.
- Supporting Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses – This toolkit of local leadership may offer a better idea of what type of resources may be available to you as a young or new entrepreneur.
- Encouraging Future Innovation – Youth entrepreneurship education and resource material is available through the U.S. Department of Labor.
- President Donald Trump Promotes American Entrepreneurship – As a successful businessman, the president has an entrepreneurial background that may inform his views on the American economy and entrepreneurship.
- Is Entrepreneurship for You? - Starting a new business can be very exciting. Before you begin your new business, take a hard look at yourself and take the time to consider if entrepreneurship is right for you.
- Entrepreneurship Resources – The U.S. Department of Commerce offers a variety of interesting articles and resources for new business owners.
- Tools for Economic Development - The U.S. Economic Development Administration offers information and important tools that promote economic growth and development.
- 8 Tips for Entrepreneurial High School Students - Are you ready to start your own business? These eight tips might help you find your entrepreneurial footing.
- How to be a Successful Entrepreneur Before Graduation - John White shares his insights into entrepreneurship and offers advice for young business owners.
- A Guide to Starting a Business in High School for Teens – The greatest entrepreneurs all started young! Don’t wait; start your startup now.
- Youth Entrepreneurs – This organization is dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs to succeed and achieve their goals of business ownership.
- YEA! Young Entrepreneur Academy – Check out the youth entrepreneur programs available through YEA! today.
- Score Resources for Young Entrepreneurs – Score offers a variety of youth-oriented resources all about entrepreneurship.