The biggest argument for college that I hear people say is that you get to network with future colleagues. People who may help you get jobs in the future.
It’s a valid point. But sites like LinkedIn exist these days. Plus there are conventions to network at. And guess what? When you have a business at a physical location people want to network with YOU! Why? Because they want a job or internship, of course!
Funny how that works, right?
Instead of spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on tuition in hopes that you’ll get a job you chose (or plan to choose) the alternative route and spent that money on equipment and leasing a place. Your job is to get customers, not look for a job with all of your fellow graduates. Send out resumes and applications or get your business name out there. Any way you look at it, you have to market yourself. In my opinion, you are in a better position as a business owner instead of as a degree holder.
If it doesn’t work out, you can always sell the gear used to get some of your investment back. And you’ll have a nice portfolio of work for future use. You can’t sell a used tuition now can you?