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5 Students That Started A Business While In College

educationmoneyContrary to what most people believe, you do not have to wait until you get your college diploma or degree to get your career going. Starting a business while still in college is no longer a challenge. Just as many other successful businessmen and women begun, you too can start a business while still in the dorm room. All you need to have is determination and dedication.

If you think it is difficult juggling between studies and business, you are wrong. It is as easy as doing what you are supposed to do at the right time and in the right place. Here are five students who started their businesses while in college:

Bill Gates: Microsoft, Computer Software

Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard University. In 1973, he convinced his fellow drop out Paul Allen to partner with him in launching a computer software company, the now famous Microsoft. It was not long after Steve Ballmer, Gate’s friend at the university joined them.

TIP: If you have to start a business in school, have the skills required to execute the business.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page : Google, Search Engine

While at Stanford University in 1996, Ph. D students Sergey Brin and Larry Page started working on a search engine called “BackRub”. The two ran the search engine on the university’s servers for a year before renaming it “Google.” Today, Google is the biggest and widely used search engines in the world.

Michael Dell: Dell Inc., Computer Manufacturer and Distributor

Michael Dell could not entertain the thought of waiting until he finished college to look for a job. While a student at University of Texas-Austin in 1984, he started selling IBM PC computers from his dorm room. In one year, Dell had created his own computer called Turbo PC. By 1992, he was the youngest CEO of a multimillion computer company.

Seth Berkowitz : Insomnia Cookies, Cookies Bakers

While a junior at University of Pennsylvania, Seth Berkowitz could not stand hunger attacks due to late night cramming sessions. Seth decided to bake cookies to curb the hunger. When fellow students learned about his cookie operations, he decided to make it a business naming it Insomnia Cookies. Insomnia cookies are now a booming business in campuses throughout the country.

Bo Peabody and Brett Hershey: Tripod.com

Bo Peabody and Brett Hershey were classmates in Williams College in 1992. These two saw a business opportunity on the worldwide web and decided to go for it. They teamed up with Dick Sabot, their economics professor and sold web server space via a company called tripod.com. Tripod.com became one of the first big dot-com companies prior to the mid 90s boom.

There you have it. It is not until after college that you start looking for a job or start a business. If you have the opportunity to start a business while still in college, go for it. You never know, that could be your only chance of creating a good foundation for your future, that of your children and generations to come.

You do not have to start the same business as the ones listed above. Look for an opportunity to take advantage of. You should balance your studies with business responsibilities if you decide to start a business. Business opportunities never knock on your door, it is your duty to go on a quest and identify profitable opportunities.

About the Author:

Today’s guest article comes from Joshua Turner. He is a writer who creates informative articles in relation to business. In this article, he describes a few entrepreneurs who began their business in college and aims to encourage further study with a NJIT Marketing MBA online.

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