“You Have to Go to College”

It’s a phrase that high school students hear for many years. But how often do the words, “Start a business” get told to young impressionable ears? Not often enough.

Think I’m crazy for suggesting that a college aged person start a business? Marc Zuckerberg was only 19 years old when he launched Facebook. Bill Gates was 20 years old when Microsoft was founded. Apple officially incorporated in 1976 by a 21 year old Steve Jobs. See a common thread?

Forbes runs an annual article about teenage entrepreneurs. This is not a fantasy or some utopia it is a reality. Young people can and do start then grow successful businesses all of the time.

College or trade schools can be an excellent resource but they are not for everybody. And as the federal student loan program continues to pump more and more money into the system the price of a college degree continues to rise. All the while it is tougher and tougher to land a job in today’s marketplace. Many college graduates have found themselves in a position where creating a business is the only viable option. Why not skip the debt ridden step of college and go straight into business…after learning a few things for free, of course!

Public libraries still exist. And the internet is filled with great information. The nice thing about a lot of career paths is that you don’t need a professional license to open up a new business. In the case of audio production services, the barrier to entry is small. As long as one puts in the hard work to learn and do like Gates, Jobs and Zuckerberg did then starting a successful small business is a very real possibility. One that they should teach in school but often times do not.

I’m a college graduate. And while I don’t regret going I felt that my education was lacking in certain areas. If I could do it all over again, the money spent on my education would have been better spent on starting a business. These days, with the average tuition and fees price tag being over $24,000 per year I probably wouldn’t have went to a college unless I had a full ride scholarship.

DontGotoRecordingSchool.com was founded to help people avoid student loan debt and help its readers create their own jobs instead of relying on others to give them one.

Author: Adam

Adam is a professional photographer, videographer and audio engineer. He started Real Home Recording back in 2011 and in 2017 launched Don't Go to Recording School.

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