EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – The younger generation doesn’t wait until graduation to start a business. The dream can be a reality, but every idea is not always a success story.
Paul Jaques is the Managing Director for Venture Creation, Michigan State University’s institute for early entrepreneurship. He told News 10 that getting a small business in the early days could be a cutting -edge process.
Jaques said, “Sometimes we talk to the student and say‘ keep pushing your idea but go to work, work a few years, and then fund that idea you’ve created. ‘”
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But in some cases, Jaques believes an early start is better. Especially if you have no other cost of living to worry about.
“You have no debt, you have no children,” said Jaques. “Now is the time.”
That’s the advice Louis Azor, owner of More than Vintage, decided to follow.
“It’s just like a small business run only by students,” Azor said. “Like, no one is older than 21-years-old.”
Azor is currently attending Michigan State University. However, even though he was still a student, he tested his lessons by opening a vintage shop with the help of friends and family.
“More Than Vintage was the first student to build and operate the front of the brick and mortar store,” Azore wrote on the store’s website. “It’s often unheard of for ‘kids’ to develop and run their own business.”
Many people said he wasn’t ready for the business world yet, but Azor told News 10 that he found a humble way to get started, by taking advantage of the tools to help him build the foundation. in business, and by listening to good advice.
“Don’t think you know everything yourself,” Azor said. “Ask people for help, ask people for advice and just negotiate with the community. Things get worse when you have a team around you, you’re not just trying to figure everything out on your own.
Ben Pikus, Vice President of Operations for More Vintage, attributed some of their success to the time they spent feeling the store.
Pikus said, “Just spend hours and hours thinking about how we can make this space and create a combination of modern and vintage.”
He said Azor is the backbone of the business.
“He’s shown that love and perseverance can help open a lot of doors for yourself,” Pikus said.
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