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How to Succeed as a Young Entrepreneur – Essential Resources

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How to Succeed as a Young Entrepreneur – Essential Resources

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: September 13, 2012 Updated: September 13, 2012

Move MastersAccording to Kauffman Foundation, young entrepreneurship in the U.S. is on the rise, with the 20-34 age group comprising 29 percent of the total new entrepreneurship activity in 2011.

Entrepreneurship can be an exciting adventure, and for the young it can be easier than you might think. The barriers – including cost of entry –are low, (working at home, online, etc.), and younger people are often unconstrained by the commitments of family and marriage.

And of course, there are inspiring role models from big names like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and SBA’s very own 2012 young entrepreneur of the year, Mark Masters.

You don’t need a business degree or the backing of an investor to go into business, you just need an idea. Of course, starting a business has its challenges. This is especially true for young entrepreneurs without business experience. Common questions include:

  • How can I be taken seriously?
  • Is there a market for my business?
  • How much will it cost me to get started?
  • How do I get in front of the right people?
  • Do I need to incorporate?
  • When do I start paying taxes?

If you are interested in starting your own business, take a look at SBA’s Young Entrepreneur Guide, a one-stop resource for any young entrepreneur looking for resources and financial support to start a business. The site includes free online courses, links to in-community training and support, and other initiatives from across the U.S. government intended to make it easy for our youth to succeed in business. The site is constantly changing to reflect the latest initiatives, but current resources include:

  • Free Online Course – Young Entrepreneurs: An Essential Guide to Starting your Own Business – This self-paced online training course walks you through the steps of turning a business idea into a reality and answers many of the questions listed above. It includes tips on doing your research, deciding on a business model, understanding your financing options, as well as six “must-do’s” for getting started and, finally, making the leap.
  • Student Loan Deferment – If your student loan repayments are preventing you from starting your own business, the Student Startup Plan (through the White House-led Startup America initiative) enables college graduates, including those looking to start a business, to lower student loan repayments.

Useful Blogs

The SBA Community also features regular blogs with tips and resources for young entrepreneurs. Here are just a few:


 

About the Author:

Caron Beesley

Contributor

Caron Beesley is a small business owner, a writer, and marketing communications consultant. Caron works with the SBA.gov team to promote essential government resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start-up, grow and succeed. Follow Caron on Twitter: @caronbeesley

Comments:

Young Enterprise is a foothold in the business of beauty, today's young entrepreneurs have many strengths while exploiting internet business, online Maketting, facebook ...
why only mark from facebook, we have great guys google, microsoft, wordpress, they had made our life easy.
I started my first business at the age of 34 and the 2 most important things I've discovered are to be well organized and also make sure you dive into financials and really understand the numbers in your business.
Hi Caron, very useful list of blogs. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is the man. He's one of a great inspiration for many entrepreneurs.
Being an entrepreneur has always been my dream. thanks for sharing these valuable information.
Hello Caron, "You don’t need a business degree or the backing of an investor to go into business, you just need an idea" That's a great resources. Being young entrepreneur is not that an easy task and need a lot of focus and ideas to made to be successful.You're right that it doesn't need to have degree and anyone can be an entrepreneur as long as they have the mind set and the willingness to explore new things and idea.
Caron, That's really a good read. Being a young entrepreneur myself, I found that the hardest thing is to be self motivate. But thanks to writers like you, I am doing well.
Thanks for providing excellent writing and a useful information. It is very interesting to read this blog. I will come again.
Its never to early or too late to start a business......I started a business when I was 23 and now starting another business at 64........just "never give up"
That is a great guide. Thanks for sharing it with us. I think the state of the economy also contributes to the number of young entrepreneurs. They struggle to find work, or work they find fulfilling, so they decided to start something. I know a few kids who have tried their hand at it, and even if they haven't succeeded, they've still gained some great skills.

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