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I like to be a small business owner on the side. As far as education wise, how should I go about accomplishing that?

I want to become an optometrist, yet I would also like to become a small business owner. How would I go about accomplishing that, education wise? #optometry #smallbusiness #college

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Angelica Rossana’s Answer

Hi Cierra,

Are you considering owning your own eye clinic or some other business? Either way, go ahead and pursue medical-school to become an optometrist and, at the minimum, squeeze in some business/accounting classes as electives during your pre-med years so you could at least gain some basic knowledge about business.

Other options would be getting:
- Entrepreneurship Certificate
- Business-Administration Certificate (or Associate's Degree)

Good luck!

Best regards,
Angelica
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Alfredo’s Answer

Hi Cierra,

This is a very good question, in a strictly academic realm the recommended path is to take some entrepreneurship classes. These classes will provide you with the tools and the appropriate mindset to become a successful small business owner. There are other ways to learn about owning a business. Additional to academic learning, you should get involved in entrepreneurship or small business owner clubs where speakers will present on their experiences and answer any questions you may have. They will provide you with insightful recommendations as to how to start your business, avoiding common pitfalls, how to grow, and so on.

I had the very same question so I joined an entrepreneurship club in college. Some of the tips that stuck with me from the meetings I attended were: it's never too early to start your own business, use your network to help you out (an entrepreneur I met got help from a law student he knew in creating contracts and incorporating his company), attend events where you get to meet people, and (to mixed review) failure is also a way of learning. A book I really enjoyed which I believe has valuable advice is Zero to One by Peter Thiel.

Ultimately the best you can do is incorporate people's advices and all of the learnings you've had and apply them into whatever venture you want to pursue. Good luck with your pursuits!

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