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Is a business major needed for entrepreneurship ?

I have heard that you don't need a business major to get into entrepreneurship. Some people say that the best way is to just start and learn form experience. Should I just pick another major or stick with a business major? If I do pick another one, which one would help me the most?

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Anika’s Answer

Entrepreneurship doesn't necessarily require a business major. While it can provide useful knowledge, practical experience, and networking opportunities, other majors offer valuable skills too. Consider your interests and strengths when choosing a major. Fields like technology, engineering, design, marketing, and finance can all contribute to entrepreneurial success. Ultimately, it's about mindset, creativity, and a willingness to learn. Starting a business and gaining experience can be just as valuable as formal education.
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Robert’s Answer

Anika’s fine answer is correct. In my decades of experience as an entrepreneur (my education is technical), the majority of successful business starters that I know were not college business majors. Do what you love and you're good at.
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Aaron’s Answer

No, a business major is not required for entrepreneurship. Many successful entrepreneurs have backgrounds in various fields, and what's most important is your passion, dedication, and willingness to learn from experiences. Entrepreneurship often involves innovation and creativity, which can be fostered in many academic disciplines. If you're considering another major, think about areas that interest you and can complement entrepreneurial skills, such as computer science for tech startups, design for product development, or psychology for marketing and consumer behavior. The key is to pursue a field that excites you, offering skills and knowledge that can be applied to your entrepreneurial endeavors. Diverse educational backgrounds can provide unique perspectives and solutions in the business world, making your journey in entrepreneurship uniquely yours.

I personally have no college degree and I would say my career has been a success (so far) by most peoples standards. I'd go so far as to say that not having one prevented me from thinking like everyone else and learning to solve problems for what they are fundamentally and not what some old dude wrote in a book.
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Where's’s Answer

Having a major isn't necessary to be an entrepreneur but it won't hurt. Along with the knowledge gained from educating oneself going to school will bring you in touch with like minded individuals and allow for a solid base to start developing your network. That being said one can achieve the same results from other routes.
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Jayath’s Answer

Entrepreneurship is all about embracing your passion, sparking your creativity, and finding solutions to problems. It doesn't really matter what your major is. If there's another field that captures your heart, don't hesitate to dive right in! Pick something that truly excites you, be it engineering, computer science, design, or anything else under the sun. These majors can equip you with invaluable skills such as sharp critical thinking, technical expertise, and a creative mindset, all of which are essential for becoming a successful entrepreneur. Remember, the most important thing is to take that first step and learn from hands-on experience, no matter what your major is. Pursue your passions, and rest assured, you'll acquire the necessary skills as you journey along.
Thank you comment icon Thank your answering my question! I think I've been so focused on a business major that I haven't looked into anything else. Daniela
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Becky’s Answer

I have BS degree in civil engineering and am two classes from an AA in nursing...yet I'm an entrepreneur in travel and real estate investing.... I learned the latter from other entrepreneurs. Unless you intern with the best entrepreneurs, once out of school... I'd say school help problem solving, but not how to "think rich". Read "think and grow rich" by Napoleon Hill and "four quadrants" by Robert Kiyosaki.
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Kaman’s Answer

Not at all!! The key is to know your own strengths and weaknesses, and bring in/partner/hire folks that can fill the gaps. However, I do believe knowing the general idea of how a business works is important, and helps you understand what needs to be done (and again, be able to recognize the gaps in you). This doesn't necessarily mean you need a 4 year college business degree (of course it will help give some additional opportunities), but it is up to you to think what is the best path to get the knowledge required for you to make the best decisions, especially early on in the business.
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Gloria’s Answer

Every response provided is correct, and now I'll add my thoughts. Being a business owner is all about having enthusiasm, dedication, imagination, reliability, and ambition. Always strive to better yourself and your skills. You don't necessarily need a degree in business to excel as an entrepreneur, but it certainly can give you an edge.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for answering my question. I appreciate your input! Daniela
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