Most of the people reading this would be at the brink of building up a great career ahead of them. The next few passages are bound to explain how to go about doing so. No, it is not about more courses and certificates but about introspection, realization and execution. A degree or diploma may entitle a person to look out for jobs offered by others. However, here we focus on empowering oneself to the level of providing jobs to others in the longer run. It is nothing but student entrepreneurship, the catching trend of the day. We at SIGI are broaching upon this concept only because we strongly believe in empowerment.
How entrepreneurship differs from student entrepreneurship:
The dictionary defines the term entrepreneur as a person who organizes a commercial undertaking especially involving risk. This definition may hold good for those who foray into making huge industries and walk on the tightrope of profit. However student entrepreneurship is all about promoting a hobby to the designation of a small time business. Student entrepreneurship is all about the ultimate expression of the talents possessed by youngsters. It is a tool to express ones skills to his/her best abilities and getting the accolades for it in the form of profit.
Getting at the task:
Any movement has the inertia of rest, and once that is overcome, there is no looking back. Same is true with student entrepreneurship as well. This is not a concept which is meant for those whose heads and pockets are full, but those who are passionate about something and want to make it big.
Scores of business ventures started out as a hobby but have actually made a revolution. Student entrepreneurship holds this as a fundamental rule. In this competitive world, so many youngsters have thrown back their childhood hobbies, looking for green pastures through conventional (many times monotonous) degrees. They fail to realize that their very own hobbies have the potential to lay down a bright life in front of them.
Pep up by looking at your peers:
Though student entrepreneurship is the most ˜in thing, it is spreading like wildfire. Sources of inspiration are not far fetched but actually the peers around you. Take for instance MOP Vaishnav, a leading womens college in Chennai city. A group of girls from the commerce stream have taken to entrepreneurship and have set up a company called ˜Akriti within the college campus. This company muses with activities such as selling of home made chocolates, accessories and festive goodies, even to corporates. It is around six months since this began and the cash registers are ringing. The students are also planning to foray into event management in the near future and say that this initiative has honed their business skills and it is a true application of what they have learnt over the years at college.
Gyan to gain:
These golden rules are to be read and remembered. And of course to be practiced as well!
- Dust up your hobbies and give them a new start.
- Venture out on a small scale. Showcase your talents in your local area. Hold a garage sale and get the people around you to know about your work. Psst, they can be the best bandwagons for your business.
- Keep your capital small. Dont get carried away by excitement and end up burning your fingers. Remember, there are no short cuts to success.. Build up a
- network. Collaborate with people who have similar interest and build your business.
- Keep the passion alive. This can take you to heights and even make you a big entrepreneur.
From our side:
We at SIGI are working alongside to create a movement on student entrepreneurship. As our contribution to the most futuristic and empowering trend we have thrown open a web directory which would list out the business of young entrepreneurs, on the site, free of cost. We are also sweating out to spread the word and we strongly believe that our web directory would be bustling with business listings in the near future A true success to our initiative and a great golden mine for the country as well.