The picture of life after college has changed a lot over the past 50 years. For a long time, the life plan was the same: graduate, get married, get a job, start a family. Very few dared to go the entrepreneurial route. Today, however, a lot has changed, and more and more students and graduates are opting to create their own businesses.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that one of the most successful companies in the world today – Facebook – came out of a college dorm. Heck, there’s a movie all about it. Inspired by this and other success stories, students are building startups at increasingly high rates.
College students, in fact, are perhaps especially well equipped for the startup world. Got a tight budget? Then you understand the needs of consumers. And you know how you’re staying up all night studying for exams? You can pull all-nighters for your startup, too. Not to mention you’re surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, of very smart and talented individuals who are just as restless and creative as you are.
Universities also provide a number of important resources for starting a company, from courses on business, economics and accounting to classes on coding and a wide variety of clubs. There are also, of course, books and courses on entrepreneurship.
The greatest resource, however, is the community at large. Not only may you find future co-founders, partners and even, someday, investors, but you also have a great way to test your idea. Present the concept to friends and peers, and ask for their honest feedback. Talk to your professors, too. They may have quite a bit to say, and it’s always good to build relationships with your teachers anyway.
Want to start a company? Why wait until after college? Check out the infographic below for more tips on how and why to create a startup while you’re still in college.