5 things every millennial business owner needs to know

Covid has caused a massive shift in what people want, driving many millennials to bring their entrepreneurial dreams to life, but it’s important to note that getting started with your own business doesn’t just happen overnight. It is a long process that requires a lot of dedication and time.  

Olivia Starling, Founder and CEO of the successful jewelry brand Starlette Galleria, highlights that even though starting a business can be an overwhelming and daunting task, there are ways to help make the process far easier, more enjoyable and more successful!

Tip 1: Remember that this is not your parents' business

The way that we do business today looks completely different than the way our parents did business. If you are anything like me, your parents might not understand what you do at all. And that is ok. Just remember they have valuable insights, but it might not align with the digital age we live in. 

Tip 2: Know how to do every job in your business

Don’t hire out a position before having some kind of basic understanding of how to do it yourself. When you first start out and it’s only you, you will know how to do everything. But once your business grows and scales, you will start hiring out various roles. Before you make decisions on how to grow, make sure you understand the job you are hiring out. I have seen well-intentioned business owners get burned because they blindly trusted that a job was being performed correctly. Before you hire, you need to know the basics.

Tip 3: Invest in a mentor  

Find someone that is where you want to be, and hire them to lead you on the path to success. You are paying to learn from their mistakes, gain their network, and accelerate your growth. I have spent up to $1k a month on mentors, and I have never regretted that decision. 

Tip 4: Stop asking people for directions to places they have never been 

Be careful about who you ask advice from. Well-intentioned friends and family might throw out advice easily, but if they are not in the same arena as you, or someone you look up to in business, don’t ask them for advice. They can take you far off the path you are supposed to be on. 

Tip 5: Know that it’s great being the youngest person in the room 

Don’t ever feel intimidated by age. Being young is your superpower. Use your intuitive tech skills, ability to pull late nights, and youthful energy as a weapon as you grow your business. You are never too young or too old to start something amazing.