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What I Learned as a Young Entrepreneur and Why You Should Take Notes

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As a young entrepreneur, I am constantly underestimated. When people look at my age or appearance, consider the fact that I’m not even old enough to have graduated college, or refuse to believe me when I say I own a 7-figure business (seriously, Google is free!), I honestly feel a bit lucky. I’m reminded that, because I’m so young, I have plenty of years ahead of me to grow, learn, and develop even more entrepreneurship skills that will enable me to make a difference.

That said, I have learned so much since launching my business. These lessons have been a bit unconventional, for sure, and might sound a little cheesy, but I believe it’s important to get back to the basics sometimes. Whether you’re contemplating starting a side hustle, or you’ve been working at your craft for years, these three lessons I learned early on will be game changers.

1. Invest In Your Education

Knowledge is power, and the best way to empower yourself is to seek out education in all its many forms. As you think about what education means to you, try to step outside the norm of the high school-to-college pipeline way of thinking, and instead get creative with all the options available to you. Don’t cram yourself into one narrow box of learning – seek out the lessons and tools you need, invest in obtaining them, and watch your business flourish as a result.

This will require a bit of soul-searching. Consider the ways you’ve found you learn best. If you know you thrive in a classroom environment or do well managing assignments, a local college program or a structured online course might be for you. If you prefer sitting down with someone and learning from their experiences, find yourself a mentor in your industry who is willing to give some of their time and expertise. If you feel that a little bit of both appeals to you, a coaching program that teaches you skills while maintaining the flexibility to learn at your own pace might be the right fit.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

2. Choose Your First Hire Carefully

The first person I ever hired was a salesperson. This might seem like an arbitrary choice, but I learned early on that if I didn’t have someone dedicated to selling my brand and my product, I was never going to achieve the level of success and financial freedom that I knew I could. I carefully considered which type of person would be the best asset to my goals and dreams, and then set about making that position and person a reality. It took a lot of trial and error to bring the right person onboard, but once they were…man oh man, it was magic.

Making a new hire, creating a new position, or leveling up your company from a one-man show to a team of two can feel really intimidating. But you’re investing in your product, your company, and your brand, and the right candidate will see that and will want to be a partner in your success. Taking that step was one of the best things I did for my company, and it opened up a world of possibilities I never could have accessed on my own.

3. Choose and Cultivate Partnerships

Speaking of which, one of the best – and quickest – lessons I learned when I began my entrepreneurship journey is the value of partnerships. I started my company when I was only 16, and since then have been helped by so many people who have chosen to come alongside me and give me the advice and gentle push in the right direction that I needed to succeed.

You’d be surprised at the way your relationships and mentorships can level up your business, so don’t be afraid to seek out both of those things – and plenty of them – as you grow your company. One of the best things to come out of my willingness to pursue meaningful partnerships is my friendship with fellow entrepreneur Billy Wilson. I started off as his mentee, and now the two of us are working together on a joint venture 6 Figure Agency Elite. 

Above all else, the best lesson I learned is one that can’t really be quantified. I learned to trust my gut and believe that I will succeed, even when it seemed almost impossible to consider. We gain nothing by sidelining ourselves and, while the three lessons above were definitely learned through life’s school of hard knocks, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. My experiences have made me and my business stronger because I was willing to learn from all of them.

Jared Curry is a 19 years old, 7 figure business owner. After scaling his business Scope Marketing to 7 figures, he moved on to the next project: 6 Figure Agency Elite Coaching Program. He partnered with Billy Willson whose student he used to be. Together they are offering a new coaching program for agency owners teaching them how to scale their business. Jared has been featured in Authority Magazine, Blavity, International Youth Journal, Thrive Global, The Good Man Project, FOX, NBC, and interviewed for many podcasts among which Action & Ambition on Entrepreneur.com. To learn more and join the new program that Jared offers with Billy please check: https://go.billywillson.com/elite.

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Are you completely new to networking?

Then this article is a great place to start. Networking isn’t hard on paper…you go along to online and in-person meetings, make new connections and build relationships, and those relationships lead to more work so you can grow your business! The challenge is that in reality, it isn’t quite so straightforward, as our emotions get involved and make things much tougher.

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Here’s a few tips to help you embrace every business networking opportunity you get, so you can grow your business and achieve your goals.

Rock up with confidence

If you want to keep those nerves at bay and ooze confidence at networking get-togethers, you’ll need to downplay it rather than seeing it as a big occasion. Try not to put pressure on yourself and see it as a casual meet-up with a bunch of people with similar goals to you. To help you relax in the run-up to the event, be sure to set achievable goals and expectations before you go.

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“You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

Where to go networking

If you’ve never been networking before, it might not be very easy to find a group – but only because there’s so much choice and you don’t know where to start your search! Groups come in different sizes and styles, so it’s important to find one that suits you and your business. Informal, formal, big, small… the choice is yours.

For your first meeting, start small to ease yourself in – a big group could prove too daunting, and stop you from feeling comfortable enough to get involved. After all, you want to make a strong first impression!

If you’re wondering which group to opt for in the long-term, give a few a go! Get a feel for them, speak to as many people as you can, and see which one suits! You’ll know when a group feels right for you, and you can see where those all-important relationships are most likely to be built. If a group doesn’t feel like the right for you, give a different one a go.

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Once you’ve made relationships with people who you trust, and they’ve had a positive experience working with you, you can even ask for referrals! But don’t rush this, as you don’t want to inadvertently push people away or try and force the relationship along too quickly.

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