The Millennial Mindset: Becoming Your Own Boss

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We live in an age when more and more people are opting to work for themselves. Not everyone is suited to being a business owner, but for a growing number of millennials, being your own boss is an appealing option. Research conducted as part of the BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report revealed that millennials are starting businesses at a younger age than their counterparts from previous generations.

With the average startup owner launching their venture at the age of just 27, the world of business appears to be an increasingly accessible arena for young, ambitious entrepreneurs. Are you ready to be the next big thing? Here are some hacks you may find helpful if you’re toying with the idea of starting your own business.

Finding a niche

If you’re setting up a business that revolves around selling products or services, it’s wise to examine the marketplace carefully. You don’t want to compete against a never-ending stream of companies or individuals that are marketing the same products as you.

To outshine your rivals, you have to have a unique selling point (USP), as well as ensuring that you offer something that people actually want. Do some in-depth research into the market, see what’s currently out there and work out ways you could make a splash. If you have a similar idea, what is going to make your product better? How is your product going to leap off the page or stand out on the shelves? 

Using your talents

Whatever experience you have in the world of work, use this, combined with your talents and passions to make your business a success. Play to your strengths and use your skills. Are you a brilliant chef? Do people constantly comment on your clothes or the way you put outfits together? Do you have a knack for selling or are you able to solve problems in an instant?

The marketplace is diverse, and there are so many ways you can take advantage of your talents to set up a successful business. Think about how you could benefit others and make money at the same time. Take the example of the chef. You don’t have to work for somebody else to earn money. Instead, why not open your own restaurant or set up a catering company for events or private parties?

Scaling your business

It’s not easy to establish a business, and even if you manage to survive the first year, it can be tough to reach the stage when you’re thinking about growth. It’s very easy to bake a few cakes to sell at a local fair each weekend, but what happens when you’re getting orders for hundreds of units or you’ve got a party of 100 to cater for? You’ll need equipment, manpower, ingredients and enough money to finance the growth of the company.

You can browse now to get ideas if you’re kitting out a professional kitchen and it’s a good idea to get in touch with suppliers to negotiate deals on bulk orders for ingredients. When you’re attempting to expand the business, keep an eye on the numbers you’re generating in sales and the amount you’re spending as well as ensuring you can cope with increased demand.

It’s difficult to make a startup work, but more and more people are giving it a go. If you’re a budding business mogul, take these tips on board. Good luck!

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Written by Millennial Staff

MiLLENNiAL is a lifestyle magazine profiling those who are shaping the world we experience. From business innovation and career strategy to sustainable health and cultural disruptors, MiLLENNiAL shines the light on the young change makers of the world.

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