Starting a Business While in School
**Note: Thoughts in this post are more or less my own and do not reflect society's opinion as a whole.**
In the day and age where millennials hold the 18-24 and 24-35 age categories, more folks are starting businesses and aiming for higher profit as seen in a Fortune studyDoes that mean we millennials are more creative that our predecessors? Not necessarily. However, in my opinion, it does mean we are gunning for our ideas and dreams far more than our parents and grandparents did. Why is that? Our parents and grandparents yearned for job security and stability - something that would enable them to have families without worry.
My parents are a prime example of that way of thinking which I frankly do not follow. Staying at a company for so long - almost as long as a lifetime. I personally crave change. I crave the excitement of following my dreams and trying something new.
As a 21-year-old university student, I have had an entrepreneurial itch that I have wanted to scratch for a few years. Ever since I was a little girl, I always had ideas to provide something tangible to people to better their experiences. I have been an active part of my communities, old and new, for as long as I could remember. Thus my decision to start my own company was nothing unexpected to me.
In 2015, I came up with the idea of starting my own clothing brand via this blog. One that would inter-sectionalize my passion for social justice issues with unique items. The idea of course was daunting - starting your own company should feel nerve-wracking to the point that you will work tooth and nail to ensure some sort of success comes out of it. What scared me even more was the mere fact that I was and still am a full-time university student and I did not want to mess up my future there - one my parents worked hard for to ensure I got there. That fear, as you see, was shortlived. As we know see, I have slowly started my company and can say it has seen some great traction so far. However, it does have a long way to go but hey that is the startup life; settling is never possible.
So how is it balancing your part-time job with your start-up and university?
I would be lying if I said it is not difficult. Indeed, it gets damn tiring. Days are long, nights are short and my patience is tested but I would not change it for the world. There are two philosophies I keep in mind that keep me going on a daily basis.
There is no such thing as being too busy for some "me" time. That is, to be honest, foolish. Working so hard to the point that you crash and burn is very unproductive and detrimental in the long run. Always dedicate time for yourself and loved ones at least once a week. Your body and your environment will be thankful for it.
Written by: Mariam Nouser