Want to start a Business?
Writing about web page masworth.com
There are a lot of people on the Management course, and for good reason, it’s one of the best in Britain. A lot of the people I’ve met on the course want to go into finance, accounting, consultancy etc… But I was surprised at how many people are interested in entrepreneurship and starting their own businesses. I am one of those people.
So many people have said that starting a business in university is risky because your studies may suffer, you may have too much work to do, you’ll get no sleep, you won’t be focused on uni work etc… I’d disagree. I think starting a business at university is THE best time to start a business and, to add to that, Warwick is probably one of the best universities to start a business at. Here’s why:
1) If it fails, you’re safe. If you start a business and fail when you have to fend for yourself in the big wide world without a job to fall back on, you’re not in a strong position. If, however, your business doesn’t go to plan at uni then you just go back to doing your degree – no harm done.
2) The people. At Warwick you’re surrounded by very intelligent students with no money. As a result, if you need someone to help you out with something relating to your business it’s not too hard to get some top notch help for a few quid or a pint at the duck. Example – I needed a web designer to work with so I posted on the computer science Facebook page. The guy who I met as a result of that post is now co founder of Masworth Media Ltd (our company).
2.1) The WBS people. You’re also surrounded by people with an interest in business, people who may know something you don’t. They’ll be more than willing to help where they can. Example – someone came up to me the other day asking if there was anything they could do to help out with my business. I don’t even have to look for help!
2.2) The lecturer…people. Lecturers and academics are people too! At WBS they also tend to be very experienced and intelligent people too. If you want some advice then just ask, they’ll help you out. Example – the other week I wanted some advice regarding strategy for my business. I emailed one of my lecturers and we went for a coffee at the WBS cafe to have a chat about it.
3) Location. Warwick’s in the midlands which means you’re halfway between London and the north and right next to Birmingham and Coventry. This makes it pretty easy to get to where you need to be. Example – the other week I needed to go and meet someone in London. I didn’t have any lectures or seminars on Friday so scheduled it for then. A short bus and train ride later, I was in the middle of London. The train took about an hour incidentally.
4) Help. There are a load of societies set up at WBS specifically to help startups. They can provide practical support, contacts and even funding! There are also regular start-up events, an entrepreneurs society and much more. If you’re interested in starting a business at university then I’d advise finding out more about these things.
The other benefit of starting a business at university is that if it goes well, you walk into a job at the end of university working for yourself. Plus you can make some money which is always nice!
If you’re thinking about starting a business at uni then feel free to get in touch and I’ll help in any way I can.