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TIPS ON
RUNNING YOUR
SMALL
BUSINESS
WHILE EARNING
A DEGREE
Jake Croman
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell. There may be
some famous success stories of college dropouts
running their own startups, but those are the
exception rather than the rule. 
Whether it’s already up and running or you’re starting in
the midst of school, your business and educational goals can
be met if you’ve got the right mindset. Here are a few tips to
meet the challenge and get the most out of your time in
college.
Full
Dedication
This might seem obvious, but
running a business is a full-time job.
Adding in a college workload is a big
task and not one that will allow you
regular breaks. You don’t want to kill
yourself with work, but always
remember the path you’ve chosen is
one that takes a massive
commitment of time and energy.
Don’t shy away from that fact,
embrace it.
DON’T STOP
NETWORKING
You won’t be the only
student on campus with
an eye towards the future.
Even if they’re not
entrepreneurially minded
like you, your classmates
may have valuable skills
that can help you and
your company later on.
You’re spending most of
your days among a
diverse group of minds
from many walks of life.
Utilize
the
Programs
While your position is somewhat unique, there
are government programs designed to help
students like you. The Small Business
Administration’s Student Startup Plan gives loan
assistance to students who are earning money
after or during college. They’ll limit your monthly
payments based on how much money you’re
bringing in. If you’re weighed down with student
loans, this program can be a massive help.
LET YOUR
SCHOOL HELP
The federal government isn’t the
only one interested in helping
students who run their own
businesses. Many colleges are
now offering courses and even
majors in entrepreneurship. If
you haven’t decided on a school
yet, consider one that offers
coursework in building your own
business.
EFFECTIVEMARKETING.COM
Get Enough
Rest
YOUR COMMUNITY RESPONSE
One, unfortunately, overlooked
aspect of scheduling is making sure
you’re getting enough sleep.
Drinking mass amounts of coffee
might seem like a nice short-term
solution, but if you’re not in good
health and resting normally, the
quality of your work will suffer.
Put Your
Best Face
Forward
The fact that you’re both a student and a
business owner will probably be impressive
to most people on some level, but a number
of those that you deal with (whether
vendors, customers, or clients) might not be
as thrilled with it. It’s unwise to try and hide
the truth, so be upfront about it. If they
choose not to work with you, consider it
their loss.
Keep Costs
Low
This point is pretty intuitive since
you’re almost certainly going to be
on a fixed budget, but it’s crucial not
to count on future earnings to make
up for whatever spending you’re
doing now. Even if you aren’t going to
have student loan debt on your
hands, it’ll be a bad position to exit
college with business debt weighing
you and your company down.
For more info, please
visit:
www.JakeCroman.co

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Jake Croman | Tips On Running Your Small Business While Earning A Degree

  • 1. TIPS ON RUNNING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS WHILE EARNING A DEGREE Jake Croman
  • 2. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell. There may be some famous success stories of college dropouts running their own startups, but those are the exception rather than the rule.  Whether it’s already up and running or you’re starting in the midst of school, your business and educational goals can be met if you’ve got the right mindset. Here are a few tips to meet the challenge and get the most out of your time in college.
  • 3. Full Dedication This might seem obvious, but running a business is a full-time job. Adding in a college workload is a big task and not one that will allow you regular breaks. You don’t want to kill yourself with work, but always remember the path you’ve chosen is one that takes a massive commitment of time and energy. Don’t shy away from that fact, embrace it.
  • 4. DON’T STOP NETWORKING You won’t be the only student on campus with an eye towards the future. Even if they’re not entrepreneurially minded like you, your classmates may have valuable skills that can help you and your company later on. You’re spending most of your days among a diverse group of minds from many walks of life.
  • 5. Utilize the Programs While your position is somewhat unique, there are government programs designed to help students like you. The Small Business Administration’s Student Startup Plan gives loan assistance to students who are earning money after or during college. They’ll limit your monthly payments based on how much money you’re bringing in. If you’re weighed down with student loans, this program can be a massive help.
  • 6. LET YOUR SCHOOL HELP The federal government isn’t the only one interested in helping students who run their own businesses. Many colleges are now offering courses and even majors in entrepreneurship. If you haven’t decided on a school yet, consider one that offers coursework in building your own business. EFFECTIVEMARKETING.COM
  • 7. Get Enough Rest YOUR COMMUNITY RESPONSE One, unfortunately, overlooked aspect of scheduling is making sure you’re getting enough sleep. Drinking mass amounts of coffee might seem like a nice short-term solution, but if you’re not in good health and resting normally, the quality of your work will suffer.
  • 8. Put Your Best Face Forward The fact that you’re both a student and a business owner will probably be impressive to most people on some level, but a number of those that you deal with (whether vendors, customers, or clients) might not be as thrilled with it. It’s unwise to try and hide the truth, so be upfront about it. If they choose not to work with you, consider it their loss.
  • 9. Keep Costs Low This point is pretty intuitive since you’re almost certainly going to be on a fixed budget, but it’s crucial not to count on future earnings to make up for whatever spending you’re doing now. Even if you aren’t going to have student loan debt on your hands, it’ll be a bad position to exit college with business debt weighing you and your company down.
  • 10. For more info, please visit: www.JakeCroman.co