Article written by Hugo Weinmann, Founder of I-Marketing Pro Before becoming a student entrepreneur, it's important to have an idea for your project (innovative or otherwise), but you also need to be aware of one very important thing: you're going to have to manage two timetables. Your university timetable (you still have to pass!), and a timetable for working on your project - and it's not exactly going to be easy, especially if you don't do the two things I'm going to talk to you about in this article. But before all that, let's discuss the question "why should you become a student entrepreneur?"
Why should you become a student entrepreneur?In my opinion, being an entrepreneur is in a person's nature. Entrepreneurs have something subconsciously pushing them towards entrepreneurship. Don't get me wrong: I'm not talking about something you're born with. I think it's rather something that comes with the environment you grow up in and your personality which is constantly developing. If the only reason you want to become a student entrepreneur is because you're scared of finding yourself unemployed, it's not enough - when you have to face the tests which await, the chances of losing your motivation are high . You need to find the reason you really want to become an entrepreneur, and don't forget it! It will allow you to move forward confidently and stay determined.
Being a student entrepreneur: know how to organise yourselfIn the introduction, I explained that you're going to have to combine two timetables (without being able to lengthen your days or pause time. Bernard's watch doesn't exist, unfortunately!). It's therefore logical that the first thing for students entering the world of entrepreneurship to know is how to organise themselves. If you are naturally disorganised, don't worry. There's a solution to everything! You just need to learn how to be organised. To be honest, I was also quite disorganised before I started working on different projects. Nowadays, I'm perfectly capable of combining student life (lectures + nights out) with my other projects (a Marketing degree and a startup I'm currently working for). Below you can find a plan to help you become more organised (you will develop your own way of organising yourself as time goes on): ♦ Every Sunday, make a list of all the things you have to do for your entrepreneurial projects and for university. ♦ Leaving the list divided into two sections, list the tasks in order of importance. ♦ Next, make a timetable for the week, leaving yourself with two gaps (you still need to have fun from time to time, otherwise it's quite hard stay motivated! Even if you have weeks where you will have to say no to nights out, I'm not going to lie). If I can give you two other pieces of advice they would be: don't constantly switch from one task to the other - don't interrupt your work too often (you are more productive if you work 3 hours on your project, then 3 hours on your university work, rather than 1 hour/1 hour/1 hour/1 hour); and always start with the most "annoying" task/the one that will take the most time.
Being a student entrepreneur: increase your productivityNow that you have an outline to help you organise yourself (which will evolve over time, as you find your own personal way of doing things), the second important thing to do is to reduce the amount of time it takes you to complete each task. To make things more simple (or more complicated, depending on what way you look at it ;) ), increase your productivity. Here are 2 ways to do so: ♦When it comes to repetitive tasks, find a way to automate them (create or get someone to create a program which can carry out this task - or delegate it - in exchange for a small investment) ♦ For less repetitive tasks that you are unable to automate, make yourself what I call "markers". In other words, steps to follow which will allow you to save time each time you are confronted with this task. Now it's up to you: What advice would you give to a student entrepreneur, or someone who wishes to become one? See you soon in the comments!