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Old 08-12-2018, 07:11 PM
 
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hello everyone.
I am 27 years young. I am thinking about going to school to get an associate's degree online. I have been thinking about business management. I would ultimately love to own and manage my own small business. something like a t shirt printing warehouse with attached online commerce website where I sell t shirts showcasing original artwork would be very rewarding. I have an artistic side. I understand passion for what the business accomplishes is HUGE. I have always loved feeling as though I am helping others. ive always loved looking at others art and ive always loved philosophy and the humanities.

i'd love any advice or conversation. ive got around $30k at the moment and i'm really just looking to brainstorm ideas as to what I should be saving for. many financial advice books ive read have said do 1 of 3 things. 1. buy a home 2. throw it into a retirement investment account or 3. business

since I do not have a family, I do not have a college education either... I would think it'd be more prudent to secure ongoing income. I am working 12hrs a day at the moment at a job I don't enjoy. if I could save for the next year or few.... and create a successful business, that would be great.

as far as i'm concerned, running something that is bigger than myself, that helps create good income to maybe raise a family would be my #1 concern. i'd be interested in hearing popular start up ventures I could get into quickly that have a more narrow fail rate than others.

but again, ALL advice and conversation is welcome!
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Old 08-13-2018, 03:49 AM
 
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Get a degree. Going to college teaches you how to think logically, how to gather all of the available information to come up with a solution to a problem, and how to work with others. Those are skills that you will use throughout your life.


When you think about opening up a business, scope out the competition first. If what you offer is being done by others already, you will have a difficult time. I consult for small businesses so I have seen those mistakes hundreds of times.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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IMO, spending money on college when your end goal is to be a business owner is a waste of time and money. There's probably dozens of books you can buy that will better prepare you for being a business owner. You will learn faster and for much less than blowing money on college.
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Old 08-22-2018, 01:33 PM
 
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IMO, spending money on college when your end goal is to be a business owner is a waste of time and money. There's probably dozens of books you can buy that will better prepare you for being a business owner. You will learn faster and for much less than blowing money on college.
I agree with this.

Get a job in the industry you want to have a business in. Learn the industry and go from there.

An online associates degree in something general like business, is a waste of time and money.

You can read books and learn everything about the very few subjects you really need. No need to go to school. The school will just suck down your funds and being online, it is most likely very substandard education.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:02 PM
 
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IMO, spending money on college when your end goal is to be a business owner is a waste of time and money. There's probably dozens of books you can buy that will better prepare you for being a business owner. You will learn faster and for much less than blowing money on college.
Completely disagree. The key is selecting the right school/curriculum.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:50 PM
 
Location: USA
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I also disagree. While you don't need a business management degree to successfully run a small business, you do need basic writing, reading, and math skills. Those can be honed in college.

I really, really dislike engaging with ignorant business owners. They rarely get my business. jmo.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Union City, NJ
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I also disagree. While you don't need a business management degree to successfully run a small business, you do need basic writing, reading, and math skills. Those can be honed in college.

I really, really dislike engaging with ignorant business owners. They rarely get my business. jmo.




You don't need to go to college for basic writing, reading, and math skills. You learn this in K-12. I'm not suggesting for anyone to go into a business without a thorough understanding of that particular industry. I'm only saying that college is not the best avenue for this, since college will not teach you how to excel at a particular type of business. Not attending college does not make you an "ignorant business owner."
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