Career | Entrepreneurship

Why Being Young Can Be An Advantage When Starting A Business

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When you are considering your career options, it can be difficult to know what path to follow, especially if you have more than one passion. However, this is not necessarily a negative thing. Just because you have many talents and things that you’re into, doesn’t mean you have to pigeonhole yourself into one job profile at the moment. Many people who find themselves struggling to work out their careers choose to go it alone. By starting your own business you can mold your own job profile and work for yourself. While it can be tricky to launch a startup with little work experience, this can actually be a benefit. Take a look at why your age could be an advantage when starting your own business.

Free From Habits

As a young entrepreneur, you won’t have had time to become bitter and you won’t have learned any bad working habits in a full time employed position. If you are fresh out of school or college, you can approach your startup with fresh eyes and an enthusiasm not seen in those career switchers who are older. You can do your research into the industry you wish to enter while still completing your studies. You can save up some cash ready for launching your startup, and you can draw up a business plan while living with your parents. By having the cushion of a stable home life free from responsibilities, you have the time needed to focus on your startup preparation.


Being young means you can take advantage of mentor schemes running in your local area. Local industry experts often choose to give something back to the community in which they live. Often they volunteer to become a business mentor for young people who want to break into their sector and launch their own startup. It doesn’t matter what industry you want to work in, they’ll be someone out there who can take you under their wing and show you the ropes. You might get the chance to shadow a business leader, heed advice, start to develop a network of contacts and learn about corporate rebranding and how this can help you solidify your own branding process. Be open to all new experiences, learn from them and implement them into your business plan.

Specialist Loans

Being young can often be an advantage when you are trying to make it as an entrepreneur, especially when it comes to funding. While business loans are often the traditional way to raise capital, you can seek investment from places that secure favorable loans and grants for young people. Teen entrepreneurs are choosing to look to The Prince’s Trust and local government support to help fund their business dreams. Governments realize that young business leaders bring money to the economy so they want to do all that they can to support them.

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If you are passionate about starting your own business, don’t let your youth stop you. Be bold, research your options and consider drawing up a business plan to set your entrepreneurial dreams in motion.

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