Starting a business isn’t bound by age
When you tell people that you want to start your own business venture, many will look at you with visible concern.
Starting a business? Now? Aren’t you too young?
Absolutely not! Starting a business isn’t bound by age and it shouldn’t be.
Whether you’re 18 or 25, starting a business is one of the most exciting and challenging (in a good way) things you can undertake.
I’m currently 26 and I started my first business in digital marketing (uSERP) just over a year ago.
Think you’re too young? If I could, I would have started years ago.
Find a problem you are passionate about solving
I believe in exploring your passions and dreams. However, not all passions make for a good business venture.
Instead, focus on finding a problem you are passionate about solving.
Why? Finding a problem means creating a solution, or rather, creating a foundation for your business.
One of my favorite examples of this is from Marnix Broer, co-founder and CEO of StuDocu—a hub for students to collaborate on notes, quiz each other and organize their study materials.
Broer co-founded StuDocu in 2014 as a college student because he was passionate about solving one problem: improving the exam studying experience and providing equal access to every student.
As Broer has said, you can quickly “learn to be an entrepreneur.” With no knowledge of how to start or grow a business, Broer hit the ground running with his fellow students and friends, building a business that has worldwide reach. Now, StuDocu serves over 12.5 million students in more than 80 countries.
Start early and learn as you go
It’s easy to look at successful businesses and think, I need decades of experience to launch my first business, otherwise I’ll fail.
This couldn’t be further from the truth and StuDocu is living proof of that.
Here’s a little secret: nobody really knows what they are doing. Instead, they’re (including me) learning as they go.
Start taking entrepreneurial, business and management classes that teach you the foundational principles. These classes give you the chance to learn fundamentals and even get hands-on experience with collaborative projects.
Get involved with Entrepreneurship@DU or join a student organization. Through these classes, clubs and organizations, you’ll have the chance to build a like-minded network of people interested in building a business. You might even find your co-founders.
Beyond the classroom, the internet is a vast resource for business ideas, advice and strategy. You can learn to form a business LLC in minutes thanks to a simple Google search. And there are lists of tools and resources to build a side hustle while you’re in school.
You’re never too young to explore ideas and build a business around them.
The moral of the story is: don’t wait for the perfect time to start a business because there is no perfect time. You don’t need 10 years of experience to do it. You just need an idea to pursue.
Jeremy Moser (BA 2016) studied marketing at the Daniels College of Business and is the CEO and co-founder of uSERP, a full-service digital public relations, search engine optimization and link-building agency that drives traffic, rankings and revenue.