It’s almost summer. So, of course, students everywhere are chomping at the bit to get out of school. I think, if I try hard enough, I can remember that exhilarating feeling. And something that’s maybe a little less exhilarating might be some of those summer programs for students who want to start a business. I can just hear ’em now.
“Summer programs to start a business? Are you kidding me?!”
Yeah, who wants to think about boring stuff like that? Especially when you just finished a bunch of tests to complete your high school requirements.
Believe it or not there ARE young people who want to get a jump on their graduating classmates. And they actually want to pursue their passion. And they actually would like to make a living as they do that. If that describes you, check out this info on some summer programs. Then, I’d like you to think about an alternative I’m confident will get you where you wanna go much better and faster.
One of the selling points these programs use is that you don’t have to wait to get your MBA to start building your dream and your business. I’m not gonna name names. And I’m not gonna link you to these other programs. Let them do their own marketing. Plus, as I said, I’m confident you don’t need to go elsewhere.
The first program is from a business school that “hosts a virtual summer program for high school students, where they can develop critical skills for succeeding in their future careers.” They say you’ll learn from their “real faculty.” And they add that you’ll “receive mentorship, and hear from innovative leaders.” Plus, “you’ll also have the opportunity to earn four college credits.”
But they don’t actually teach you how to RUN your business. And the 3-week program costs $5995.
The next program says it’s an “academy for youth.”
It only allows “50 high school students from around the world each year, where they develop a business idea and execute a plan with a team over the course of two weeks.” Sounds like a fairly intensive program. But it’ll cost you $7050. Unless you live in California. Then you can take off $1000. Either way, they don’t show you how to RUN the day-to-day tasks a successful business requires.
The information I read included 20 programs. But I’m just gonna share one more. A few of the programs only cost around $1000-1900. Only two of them were free. But they had some strict requirements.
OK, I saved this program for last because it’s the most expensive option I saw.
They call it an “entrepreneurship program.” And it goes from the middle of June to the middle of July. So, you get to spend a month learning “what it takes to start a business with a blend of business theory and practice.” Notice that first phrase. “What it takes to start a business.”
From what I could see, they come the closest to showing a young person the different parts of business. Here’s their actual bullet list of what you’d learn:
- Accounting and finance
- Human resources
- Creativity and innovation
- Business plans
- Personal branding
- Building your network
And those are all excellent (and necessary) skills to build if you wanna be a business owner. And they also help you to “hear from guest entrepreneurs and speakers, visit local businesses, and create their own entrepreneurial endeavors.” That can be helpful. But not much of it teaches you how to RUN a business.
AND, by the way, it’ll cost you $10,000 if you want to stay “on campus.” If you prefer to commute, you could save almost $3000 and pay only $7160.
Before I finish up, I want you to know I firmly believe you should be willing to invest in yourself and your business. Obviously, because my RondaReady YOUniversity isn’t cheap or free either. But I’m not sure a large investment in a so-called “high-profile business program” gives you the most bang for your buck.
Especially if you’d rather start building your business and your dream after you finish high school. Instead of joining one of those summer programs that basically prepare you to go to a 4-year college. And postpone your passion for another chunk of time. Not to mention the extra cost. But I just did.
I’m not gonna put a sales pitch for RondaReady YOUniversity on you right now. But I DO believe it’s a far superior option. Because it focuses on YOU. Your dream. Your vision.
So, that’s why the very first lessons in RondaReady YOUniversity are designed to help you discover your Vision. And they can help you focus your energy in the direction you’d actually like to go. With strategies to help you know how to RUN your business. So you can reach your goals better and faster.
How about we talk about it some more? Book a free call with me, with that handy calendar below. And give me a chance to see where you wanna go in life. I’d love to help YOU if I can. Let’s talk soon.
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