Starting Up Early — College Days
“If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone is doing” – Brad Zollose
Stressing about exams, socializing, saving each penny for that new dress or staying awake the whole night to complete an assignment on time. Sound familiar? We rush to meet deadlines, maintain our grades and in the same time manage to have fun. This is how the four most fruitful years of our life passes by. College life.
What most of us fail to realize is that it is the perfect time to solve a real-world problem – to start something of your own, to wear the hat of an entrepreneur. All the resources that you will ever need are at your disposal. All the networking and mentoring that will help your idea grow, are just a phone call away. College days are the best days to get your feet wet as far as entrepreneurship is concerned. Let us have a look at the few reasons which makes your college years the perfect time to start a company –
- Best time to take risk: This can be aptly described as low risk, high reward situation. What have you got to lose? If you devote your time to develop your business, the worst case is you might fail in your venture and go back to your normal life. If your business is successful, then there is no looking back, the sky is the limit.
- Campus Resources: A college campus is full of professors, who are experts in their particular field. All the mentoring that you will ever need to scale your business is available at your disposal – free of cost. Apart from that, one can make use of the high-speed internet and library to gather sufficient knowledge to grow the business.
- Beating the stereotype: It is a general notion that millennials are lazy and spend a great deal of their time just aimlessly browsing through social media. Start-up guys are somewhat idolized in campuses as the go-getters, the doers and the problem solvers. Imagine having a cult status at your college campus! Isn’t it amazing?
- Customer Base: College is the best place to market your product and build a reasonable customer base. Word of mouth and suggestion from friends can help you to scale your business, develop the products and get constructive feedback.
We all know of a few famous companies which were once operating from the dorm room of their founders. Facebook, Dell and even Google are the major companies which can be cited as the perfect examples. All you have got to do is follow your passion and jump head-first in the turbulent, but highly rewarding waters of entrepreneurship. As Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.”
Think it. Plan it. Do it. Utilize your college years well. Make your mark upon the world !
By Shibangsh Chowdhury