Starting a Business

Should I Finish School Before Starting a Business?

I have lots of ideas that I have written down that I would like to see become products, but because I am still a kid I lack credibility that an adult would have. Also, school is important to me and if I did commit to a product it most likely will affect my grades and performance in school. Of course, I would need startup cash which I lack at the moment to fully invest in my products. What can I do? Are there any resources for younger, aspiring entrepreneurs? Should I finish school first?
Guest Writer
Entrepreneur, Business Planner and Angel Investor
min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
The middle-aged person you're going to be in a couple decades will miss the education you're getting now if you don't in fact get it. It's usually not a smart idea to sell yourself short by not having an education.

Mind you, don't get the education just because not having a degree will be like walking around for the rest of your life with reduced options. Get it because it will help you live every facet of your life -- including your business life and career -- better. Education is about becoming somebody else, with more experience in thinking, processing information, communicating and working with other people -- not just facts.

It's a great privilege that you shouldn't underestimate. In business, not getting the education because of the immediate opportunity can be short-sighted.

Sure, there are those rare geniuses who make it without finishing college. But you aren't Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs. And for every one of them there are a ton of people who wish they could have had the luxury of an education.

Bottom line: Business will wait. Or, if you really want to, you can do business while in school. But you have many years of expected life, and just a short time to get an education.

Related: Should Entrepreneurs Go to College?
Related: Are Younger Entrepreneurs Sellouts?

More from Entrepreneur

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

Whether you are launching or growing a business, we have all the business tools you need to take your business to the next level, in one place.
Enroll Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

It Started As a Joke and Turned Into a Startup That Raised $1 Million in Funding