Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs Talk the Importance of Self-Confidence in Business

Young entrepreneurs reveal some of their unwritten rules of business

When it comes to entrepreneurship, there’s no one blueprint for success. The reality is, you can start a business at any age. You don’t have to have a lot of money to launch a company. And the ‘perfect’ timing to start your business is any day you decide to take action toward your dreams. If you need more proof, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with a few trailblazing millennials, to learn more about the unwritten rules of business.

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Raven Robinson
At 24 years old, Raven Robinson is the founder of PR 2 Politics, a public relations firm handling public relations services for political candidates and organizations. She’s the vice president of Government Affairs for the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). She was named one of the top 40 under 40 Rising Stars In Government by City& State Magazine. And she’s the author of Your Campaign: A Business owner’s guide to understanding public relations.

The traditional career rules you’re glad you didn’t follow.
I did not look for a job after college. I graduated from college June 1st and by August 1st I secured three clients! Although I knew there were things I needed to learn I figured I did a service for myself by building my own brand and portfolio. I had the opportunity to work on accounts in their entirety and enjoy the opportunity to take 100% credit for my work on behalf of myself.

Which rules in society would you like to change?
One rule in society that I would break is making interns “coffee runners.” ‘Society’ limits young professionals by giving them internships that do not provide opportunities for interns to fully engage with executive level projects. At 24 years old, I handle sponsorship, partnership, media, and more. Right now, if I were interning or working for a public relations firm, I probably would not be able to offer my advice or expertise. Until society breaks free from this traditional rule, more young people will have to take charge and take control of their own growth and future.

Meagan Ward is the founder of Creatively Flawless Branding Agency and a nonprofit organization, The Powerful Women, which provides a series of women’s retreats and meet-ups. She has an impressive client roster including a couture bridal designer, hair, skin and beauty clients and most recently worked on a September Vogue subscription ad.

The traditional career rules you’re glad you didn’t follow.
Two days after my college graduation, I started a job in business marketing. Although it was great landing a job so quickly, my gut was telling me to start my own business. Over the next 11 months, I worked full time and had my part-time business, Creatively Flawless. I contemplated managing my part-time business full time, but I felt like there were so many odds against me. I didn’t want to fail, I didn’t want my family to be disappointed, and I was just fearful of the concept of having a business.

But just shy of my one-year anniversary, I remember sitting in my boss’ office for my yearly review. He told me, “No, you won’t be getting your raise right now.” I went numb and felt like the room was closing in on me. I didn’t get the raise I felt I deserved. I returned to my desk with the thought of entrepreneurship still in my gut. This experience changed the game for me. So I put in my two weeks notice and transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship.

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