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How to be Taken Seriously as a Young Entrepreneur

| June 19, 2011 | 16 Comments

young entrepreneurCEO and founder of, Jason Brian, built a company from the ground to a company that grossed $6 million in its second full year. Jason formed the Florida based startup company in 2008 at the age of 20, with less than $10,000 he saved from working at local car dealerships.

Entering the business world with nothing more than a concept and a few bucks, Jason found it troublesome to be taken seriously at the age of 20.  While most people his age are in college, enjoying the nightlife and exploring the world, Jason chose to make a name for him self by perusing his dreams through entrepreneurship.

Through the past three years and the awing growth of his company, Brian has discovered a few ways to ensure you are taken seriously as a young entrepreneur.

Tip #1: Associate yourself with people of stature/experience

Stepping into an industry full of experienced people may put you in the back of the room. Surround yourself with people of stature or those who are respected in your industry or community and quickly others will see the assumed value in your brand.

Tip #2: Learn from others

Depending on your market, it can be assumed you are not the first person to venture into this field, there are many others who have worked within your given market. Use those with experience as a learning tool and build your experience off of the likes and dislikes of others.

Tip #3: Ask a lot of questions

No question is a dumb question when it comes to building a brand. Ask everyone and anyone questions, build a wealth of knowledge in multiple channels and become your own expert within your market.

Tip #4: Take educated risks

Building a brand or business comes with risks. There are no guarantees you will succeed but if you do not take the risk you may never have the opportunity to succeed.

Tip #5: Create credibility with monumental marketing efforts

Step onto the scene with monumental moves such as loud marketing efforts, if the financial resources allow you do to so.

Tip #6: Believe in yourself/ brand

If you do not believe in your company how do you expect others to believe in it? Approach every situation and meeting with pride and showcase your business with the passion and dedication it took to build your brand.

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  • Nick Goddard

    It’s always a big ask, there’s a big perception that young people may know how to start something off, but lack the depth or experience to be able to progress.  These are some good ideas, particularly about asking questions.  If you don’t ask, you will never know (or it may take you longer to find out).

  • Ryan Hanley

    Not that I’m out of the woods yet in this regard at age 30 but as I’ve worked through my twenties being taken seriously compared to your more experienced peers and competitors is a definite problem.  I think that Tip #1 holds the most weight in overcoming that issue.  If you associate yourself with success, respected people who are serious about doing business other people will take note and associate you with the same values.  Additionally, learning from people who have “made it” is infinitely useful…

    Great Article…

  • Joshua Schneider

    I agree with Ryan big time. Being 25 and branding myself as a professional coach has been a unique experience. In an industry typically dominated by individuals who have over twenty years of experience, being able to associate myself with a few key figures has proved important. I also know that without #6 I would have been able to have those key people as mentors. Great article. 

  • Virtual Business Assistant

    There is no business with out risk. Entrepreneurs should not hesitate to ask questions and try to learn from others so that they can build their business in a better way.

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  • Jared O’Toole

    Agreed Nick. Asking questions is probably the most important thing you can do at any stage of a business. No matter what age you will never know everything.

  • Jared O’Toole

    Your network is your most valuable asset in life so the more successful the people are you surround yourself with the more opportunities and chances you will have with your own ventures. Keep up the great work Ryan!

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  • Craig Frazier

    This is true. I just turned 23 and your net-worth is surely associated with your network. There is no doubt that becoming an entrepreneur requires a considerable amount of courage and risk. These tips given are definitely helpful for an upcoming entrepreneur such as myself.

  • Jason Baudendistel

    This is great advice. The big thing to me is to choose a passion and to be dedicated to doing something better than has been done before. If you are committed to your craft the progress will take care of itself.

  • Nodoubtevents

    Im also 20 years and I started my company insted of schooling and I was 18 when I started it and people didnt take me serious but I proved then wrong by dilevering now my company is doing good and Im going to school next year because I told my self I wont die without a degree in Acc.
    My company is No doubt Events find us on facebook.

  • brandtpage

    This is fantastic. With #1, using mentors and advisers that can help you gain credibility will be crucial as well. When I started I put up a few pics and bios of some well known entrepreneurs that had agreed to be my advisors…with that alone, I had instant credibility. Love it.

  • Kate

    I can attest to this: our CEO started Launch Leads at age 26, and at first big companies wondered about credibility. But we have found that when your product and service are better than your competitors, they can’t help but listen to what you have to say.

  • Mauricio

    You make me understand. Great post of helping me. You helped me so much. The post is very Useful. Thank you, this advice will come in handy.

  • Ibk4realguy

    Capital is a major issue in any startup business. what if as a young enterpreneur, u lack the capital to start up your business?

  • Sandra Idossou

    Thanks for these tips….they are all so important but I think believing in oneself should be the first….everything starts from within. Can I publish this with our young entrepreneurs of The ServiceMag in Rwanda?

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