Many people dream of owning and running their own business, and luckily there are majors and courses devoted to learning how to become a successful entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs need all the skills of a business manager, including coursework in management principles, finances, taxes, marketing, organization, and more. Some degree programs focus on specific aspects of entrepreneurship, such as a focus on environmental products or online sales.
One of the things students learn (and hopefully already have some aptitude for) is how to recognize a great opportunity and capitalize on it. Students learn how to identify consumer trends, to know what people need and want before they even know. Entrepreneurial studies majors also learn how to tackle the tough challenges of trying to get a business off the ground. One of the main qualifications to become an entrepreneur is the willingness to take risks – the field is not for the weak of heart!
- Global Entrepreneurship Monitor - research assessing economic growth due to entrepreneurship
- OCRI Entrepreneurship Centre - based in Ottawa but contains good resources for those interested in how entrepreneurship works and how to get started
- Kauffman Foundation's Entrepreneurship.org - great resources and articles about the field
- Entrepreneur.com - more resources for entrepreneurs