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What are the best courses to take in college if I want to own a business one day ?

My name is Avery and I’m interested in having my own business business entrepreneur

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Marina’s Answer

Graduated Finance major here. If your school offers entrepreneurship classes or a program like a minor, I recommend doing that. Outside of the obvious, taking one or two business management courses could be very helpful. Many management classes are designed to teach students about how to interact with and lead employees in the work place. You may find this handy if you plan to grow your own business and hire other people. I also recommend taking financial accounting and managerial accounting, through which you will learn about the major financial statements, the costs that can be imposed on a business, and how to manage your books. An intro marketing class or two will also be helpful in understanding how you may want to price your products, identify your target audience, and get a feel for industry cycles. You may also want to take an advertising class. Additionally any systems classes, such as ones that will teach you how to use excel, can be beneficial. An intro finance class also couldn't hurt as you will learn how to analyze cash flow and evaluate projects and ventures quantitatively. A professional development class that teaches you about business writing, presentations, and professional decorum also will be helpful. Finally, if your school offers it, a strategy class could be immensely powerful as it will provide you with tools to determine the future outlook and orientation of your business.

Essentially, a business degree would be fantastic!
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Olivia’s Answer

Hi Avery,
What an exciting plan to have! The first step I would recommend is looking into if your school has an Entrepreneurship major or minor program and speaking to your academic counselor about your career goals. He/she will then be able to help prepare a plan for you to lean into owning your own business through the courses you will take. Classes offered at my University related to Entrepreneurial Management include Intro to Entrepreneurship, Managing Innovation, New Business Feasibility & Planning, Applied Technology Entrepreneurship, Sales Management, StartUp: Customer Development and Testing, and Project Management. While the classes offered by your University may not match these titles exactly, look for courses that might be similar to these. I would also recommend developing relationships with the professors you have for your entrepreneurship classes as they can help serve as mentors for your future business aspirations!
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Sara Beth’s Answer

Hi Avery! First, I recommend getting a business degree and majoring in Entrepreneurship or Management depending on what your university offers. This will allow you to take many different classes that are beneficial for running a business such as accounting, marketing, finance, and others. Second, I recommend double majoring in another major that best aligns with your specific business interests. For instance, if you want to open a boutique, major in Fashion Merchandising. This will allow you to have the business acumen you need to run the business as well as the specific knowledge for your industry. Hope this helps!
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ted’s Answer

Owning your own business will take a mix of skills so take classes accordingly. Obviously you want some business and accounting classes but you will also need very strong leadership and communication skills so any classes that teach public speaking would be of value.
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