The Only Two Ways To Start Your Own Business While Young
Starting your own business is tough in any environment at any age. For us young folks, it’s even more difficult. Nearly impossible.
The way I see it, there are really only two ways you successfully launch your own business while you’re young:
- By having special connections (often family)
- By starting the business “on the side” without quitting your job
See, successfully starting your own business typically requires a range of experiences and skills and usually a decent chunk of startup capital. As a young person, you probably lack both.
Therefore, you’re left with two options. First, I do know some guys in their 20s that have successfully started their own companies. Most of these examples are due to family connections. Either they started an offshoot of a family business or a separate branch of a family business where family experience can take the place of your own experience. Or, sometimes family money is used to start the business and replaces your lack of startup capital.
Since many of us lack the special connections that are conducive for launching a business, we’re stuck with the second option which means starting a business on the side. Starting a business on the side while maintaining regular employment is more difficult and often decreases your chance of success simply because you’re trying to start a business in your spare time while holding down a regular job.
However, the risk is significantly reduced and you can spend more time ramping it up (since you’re still bringing in income elsewhere). This might actually increase your chances at success and allow you more flexibility to change strategies, find out what works, etc. If you take the time to get a business management degree in entrepreneurship, business or finance that will certainly increase your likelihood of success as well.
For me, I’m focusing on online business because of the lack of barriers to entry and the minimal money needed to start them. For now, I have a nice second income stream that is growing. The future? Who knows what it will turn into? But because its something I created on the side, there’s no stress or urgency to try and make something else of it. I can let it grow in time without burning out. Plus, the extra cash obviously is huge, especially in a tough economy where money is tight all around.