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What classes in college do you need to take to become a successful business owner?

I want to own a business due to sports. And I want to run more things that help people. And I want to know what classes I need to take to be able to do that.

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Natnael’s Answer

Andrew great Question! Although I firmly believe the best way to learn how to own and run a business is (to start however small they are) run a business. It’s good to have some business acumen and foundation.
If it’s me, I will try to find professors that have had real business world experience and sign up for their classes. They will teach you more from their failures, or success from a personal experience. That is more valuable than any accounting or finance course you will take. Most college courses are designed to be in Scale and to make you a great employee not a business owner. But there are courses that will help you become a great business owner and have equity stake.
Attend courses in these:
- Sales (Learn to sell and learn to build -so important)
- Learn Marketing systems
- Negotiations
- Public Speaking
- Running a Seminar
- Raising Capital (Very Important)
- Learn to be able to create advertising, Headlines, copywriting, and writing direct e-mail advertising.
- Also learn to really be good at social media content creation.

One thing you always should think is If you want to own a business, arm yourself with Specific knowledge. Specific knowledge is a knowledge that you cannot be trained for. Think of Codes or creative material. Then you have the potential to have a business that people may find value in. Good luck in college.

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Look up a guy named @Naval on Twitter. You will learn a lot!
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Nicole’s Answer

Following a business management route will be a great path for you! Take any classes that involve marketing or social media! Knowing how to have a strong online presence is key in running a business today. I would also take an accounting class. Accounting is the language of business! If you want to succeed knowing a little bit of all areas of business is key. Most importantly get a mentor!! Find someone who has walked this route before and they will be a great guide to help you on your journey.
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Nick’s Answer

Hi Andrew,

Great question, it shows your curiosity for your future career goals. In terms of classes, here are a couple top of mind that could help:
-Organizational Development/Behavior
-Accounting 101
-Micro/macro economics
-Marketing
-Entrepreneurship
-Consumer psychology
-Finance

In addition, you can pursue certificates outside of standard school courses such as the Harvard Core program.

I hope this helps and best of luck!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Andrew,

You should consider taking some general classes first, ideally starting with a class about how to run your own business. I don't know that you need a college class for that. You can actually probably start with reading books about how to run a small business. I say this because I think that you should identify skills that you need to have a business owner. At minimum, you should take classes on owning small businesses as they are different than large ones. If your business only has you as an employee, you need to be able to do a little bit of everything. You would need good communication skills (verbal and written). You should feel comfortable creating and maintaining a budget. You would need to understand tax codes and other costs associated with owning your own business.

Gloria
Thank you comment icon That's excellent advice, Gloria. I couldn't agree more about good communication skills. If there's a business communication course, you definitely want to take it, pay attention, and get a good grade. And keep in mind, the best business communication skill you can have is to be a good listener! Debe Black
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tierra’s Answer

Hello Andrew!

A college degree is not required to start a business. However, a degree could better equip you with extensive knowledge to help you navigate through your journey. You can reach out to Colleges or University that interest you. Start with meeting with an Academic Advisor and explain to them your interest. There are a few degree programs most colleges offer which are; Business Management and Entrepreneurship which can work well for what your looking to do. The small business administration is another useful resource with plenty of courses and vital information. The sba.gov site will guide you on proper licensing and other state requirements. College will help you hone skills as you go along your journey. It depends on what you want to do. There's no right or wrong book to advise you on how to run your business you will learn and grow as you go.

Most importantly do your research, read, take notes and follow your dreams

Good luck on all your future and present endeavors!

Tierra
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Justin’s Answer

Hi Andrew, this is a very good questions. I graduated college with a degree in business economics and I have taken a wide range of classes. Some classes that I thought was important to learn to be a successful business owner is entrepreneurship, accounting, and micro/macro economics. Taking an entrepreneurship class gives you a general idea of what starting your own business will be like and what goes into starting your own business. Taking accounting classes allows you to learn how to manage your business's finances which is important. Being a business owner, it's important to know how you can make more money by figuring out where you can maybe cut costs and figuring out what might be a factor that is standing in the way of you making more money. Lastly, micro/macro economics is simple supply and demand fundamentals. Being an expert in supply and demand will definitely help your business succeed.
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Dershawn’s Answer

Hi Andrew
You should consider a Bachelor of Business Administrator and/or Management.
Once you hone in on what business area you are most interested in, you should also add courses in that specialty as well.
Good Luck!
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Madi’s Answer

Hi Andrew,

There aren't any college classes that are mandatory for starting a business in general but that are some classes that would probably help. For example, you could take accounting, business, economics, and management courses. These courses will teach you how businesses run, how the accounting should be done, how the economy can affect your business as so on.
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Rob’s Answer

classes matter a little bit less than the school you go to. If you want to be an entrepenuer Babson is a great school that focuses on entrepenuer skills. other than that i think sticking to the main Math, science & social science makors that will teach you to think critically and analyse data inorder to efficeintly run a buiness.
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Dana’s Answer

You could major in Business or Economics, so you have a list of classes you are required to take for that major!
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