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i want to go into business somehow...

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marketing industries really interest me, but I really want to do something that involves social media in some way. I like the thought of making peoples' lives a little easier. #business #social-media #career #career-path #marketing

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Vijay’s Answer


There are so many avenues that can help you with this

  1. Start early - the earlier you start - the more time you have to iterate on an idea and move on to the next one
  2. Develop a risk taking appetite - You should back yourself all the way - whether the idea succeeds or not. If the Idea succeeds chances are you are going to make a ton of money and be successful. If the idea fails, you will have invaluable learning of what mistakes you did and what you should not do when trying your second idea. This experience cannot be obtained via any books. If things go really bad, then you would have gained enough skillset to make yourself competitive in the Job market anyway. So it is a Win-Win
  3. Enroll in YC Startup school (https://www.startupschool.org/) - you can audit the course and view what other startup founders and currently doing. Nothing better than learning from people who have similar interests
  4. Think about how you will make your day better - It is pretty rare to generate worthy ideas by reading books/magazines. You will be best positioned to solve a problem if you are experiencing it or are talking with someone who are experiencing it.
  5. Work Hard - Needless to say, you should be willing to slog it out and back yourself to succeed. Reading autobiographies really help to understand how other company founders did it

Vijay recommends the following next steps:

  • Enroll in YC Startup school (https://www.startupschool.org/) -

Bora’s Answer


Hi Bianca,

There are many different approaches you can take if you'd like to get into business and marketing. Since you mention that you're interested in social media, I would start by asking yourself whether you'd like to work for a social media company (for example Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or whether you'd prefer to work in the social media operations of a business. The latter entails using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your company and bring awareness to the brand name, products, services etc.

Once you get a better understanding of the type of work you'd like to do and the industry of your choice, I recommend that you research companies and open positions, including internships if that is an option you are considering. You can then leverage your personal network (friends, family, teachers, etc.) as well as your professional network (connections on LinkedIn, any colleagues from previous jobs etc.) to get in touch with people that work at your company of choice. Networking with these contacts can both help you get a better understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities associated with these roles as well as hopefully help you land the job of your dreams.

I hope this is helpful and best of luck to you!



L. C.’s Answer



There are so many avenues to consider when starting a business online. Marketing plays a part in it all. You must be able to attract the clients you want to sell to.

1. Find a problem that people have.

2. Solve that proble with a service or product.

3. Promote/market your product to people online.

L. C. recommends the following next steps:

  • Think about a problem that you could solve that people have. Make sure it's something you have an interest in that idea and you're passionate about it.