1. Start now
Dont wait for any other time. This is the best time to start. Start your business now when you have time. What is that idea you have? Do some research on it, and know what you need to start this business. Do not underestimate that simple idea that you have. However small or silly it may seem, it might be the gateway to open your world of real businesses. Start out small, and try to legitimize it, get feedback from customers and be serious.
2. Find your first mentors
For you to succeed in business, you have to find mentors. This may be people who are in the same line of businesses as you are, who have already succeeded. Dont shy off. Go to them and ask for their advice. You will be surprised of how many people are willing to pass down their knowledge to you and help you elevate your business.
3. Get a job
Why would one need a job if they are starting their own business? This is a very important step to take. Getting a job will make you understand the various functions of every department, how to relate with customers and other colleagues and also be the face of the company. It will give you handy experience of running a business and serving customers with grace and smile even on a bad day.
4. Embrace failure
What people dont understand is that even successful companies, have had their failures. The first way to fail is to have fear of failing. Failure gives us experience and lessons of handling matters in a serious way. Embrace failure, but when you fail dont stay down. Get up and continue. Dont quit.
5. Put yourself out there
Step out of your comfort zone and get out there. Get involved in numerous school activities and run for leadership in most of them. This will develop your confidence, help you be accountable as a leader and also market yourself.
6. Pay attention to the following classes
Mathematics:This is a very critical because you will need to do a lot of accounting and book-keeping in your business.
Literature and writing:You need to talk and persuade customers as well as financiers and suppliers. You need to sound confident and intelligent.
7. Spot opportunities
Recognize the opportunities and these are problems in your community, and then solve them. Solving problems is what business is all about.