Are you truly looking into every single thing that you can do to expand your education, or are you just kidding yourself?
Don’t break out the pitchforks just yet; it’s a valid question. Indeed, you need to turn over the idea of running a business while in college. It’s a great time to experiment, because your life isn’t that serious yet. Sure, you have homework. There are essays, exams, and projects that will need your attention. However, you aren’t going through anything major. You don’t have children that need all of your time. You don’t have a serious relationship that needs to be nourished.
Stuck on how to actually get it started? No problem, that’s what we’re here for.
If you want to get a business started, you need to focus on solving a certain problem going on around you. Creating a service that students will use means that you need to start asking people what they want. If they can’t tell you, just observe what’s missing at your school. Is there a desire for something that you could cook or bake yourself? Could you run an errands service? When time is a luxury, giving people time really does make a difference.
Getting positive word of mouth definitely makes a difference as well. You’re going to have to make sure that you’re approaching this as professionally as possible. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t go get help. There are tons of people that will be more than happy to give you their advice. The tough part comes in figuring out how to pay attention to and who to ignore. People that only have negative things to say aren’t going to do you any favors. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with people that are more than happy to give you the feedback you need, reward them. Let them know how much you appreciate them. Remind them that you couldn’t do their without their advice and support. People like to feel appreciated, and it has a great effect for your new business. Indeed, it makes people want to help you even more than before.
If you are taking all of these things into consideration, you’ll have a little business that could even help you offset the costs of college. And when it’s time to go to your first round of job interviews, you’ll be able to use the business lessons to stand head and shoulders above the crowd.
Here are also few helpful tips on interships if you are going that route.