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How to Balance College & Business

Student Entrepreneur: How to Balance College & Business

As an aspiring or proactive student entrepreneur, it’s safe to say that you live one of the most demanding lifestyles there is. Trying to find the balance between creating your business which could define the success that stays with you for the rest of your life, and an essential level of college education is a hard line to create.

Although you’re trying to balance your school life and business, your social life and your overall health and wellbeing also need to be taken into account. Here’s everything you need to know about finding that balance.

Create a List of Priorities

This is more like a life lesson that can help you at all stages of life and learning this skill now can definitely help you in the long term. Creating a list of priorities, where your most important and vital tasks are at the top, and the least important are at the bottom can seriously help you to organise and stay on top of things.

Create a Schedule

As a student entrepreneur, you’ll have a lot of goals set out that you’ll wish to achieve but, as we all know, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. But, instead of working long and gruelling hours, manage your time well, and you’ll be able to squeeze so much more productivity out of your day.

Sam Hawkings, a student starting his own content business on behalf of Academized, says, “Create a daily, weekly or even monthly schedule on how you’re going to manage your days, so you can know, before you even start your day, what it is you’ll be doing and when. Work smart and hard”.

Set Yourself Goals

Hand in hand with the considerations above, set yourself daily, weekly or even monthly goals that you achieve, with both college and business work. These are the targets that you strive for and can help you stay motivated and on track when it comes to completing work on time and to a high quality.

For example, use tools like Easy Word Count to set yourself word targets for both business and college work, so you know you’re getting enough done. Also, websites such as Viawriting and Academadvisor have a great collection of resources you can use for creating and organising your goals.

Take Advantage of University Resources

There are not many places in this world that will have the same resources as your university does and it could cost you millions to create the same amount for yourself. Since you have access to these resources, make sure that you’re using them.

This could include anything from discounted stationary, library access, computers, printers, copiers, scanners and other educational facilities that you can use to boost your career and business, rather than trying to spend too much of your budget doing it yourself.

Don’t Go It Alone

Since you’re in college, there are a huge amount of people around you from all works of life. This isn’t just in respects to fellow students, but also lectures, teachers and facility members. If you’re looking for advice, help or general feedback about your project, whether it’s college work or business related, you can be sure there is someone that can help.

Sarah Marshall, a project manager for Paper fellows, shares, “Delegation is also a key term to remember when managing your business and college work. It’s so much easier to work in a team with other people than it is to go it only, so make sure you learn how to delegate tasks properly, depending on their priority level”.

For example, if you’re struggling to come up with ideas on a marketing based idea that you have, why not ask a tutor that deals with marketing courses to see how they can help. Be nice, be polite and always listen to the professional feedback and advice that they give you. Cite It In is a great tool for gathering advice you’ve received from industry professionals.

Conclusion

As you can see, managing both your college and entrepreneurial lifestyle doesn’t have to be as difficult as it first seems and people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have proved that it’s possible. Just be smart and keep level-headed.

Author Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Oxessays. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at Letsgoandlearn.com

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