Studying Entrepreneurship

Benefits of an Entrepreneurship Degree

Written by Anne Hauser for Gaebler Ventures

Have you ever thought about earning an entrepreneurship degree? What are the benefits of an entrepreneurial major? We take a look at studying entrepreneurship and how it can help you achieve your goals.

Many students may be interested in entrepreneurship, but are unsure about what to do with a degree in entrepreneurship.

There are many options and opportunities for students with an entrepreneurial degree.

The Small Business Administration's 2006 statistics say 75 percent of new U.S. jobs are created by small businesses. Likewise, 99.7 percent of all employers are small business owners.

This is great news for students interested in such an entrepreneurship degree. During time at school working toward a degree, many students discover whether or not they truly have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur or small business owner. This is an important distinction to make before launching into any small business venture.

Most entrepreneurial degrees cover the basics of any other business degree, like management, accounting and basic marketing, but students with a degree in entrepreneurship also learn about developing business plans, developing clients, and accumulating start-up capital.

In addition to the broad base of knowledge that can come from a degree in entrepreneurship, most colleges offering these degrees do more to ensure their entrepreneurial students have at least some real-world experience. While in school, they allow students a chance to start making solid business and networking contacts with other entrepreneurs and small business owners.

In today's fast-paced business world, competition among small business owners is steep.

A degree in entrepreneurship will teach students the latest trends in the business world, including current online and Web training. There are many different degrees and options available to students of all ages: from earning undergraduate and graduate degrees, including MBAs, to taking the occasional online class to stay current on the newest small business trends and ideas.

There is no doubt that a degree in entrepreneurship can help aspiring business owners develop the necessary skills for success.

Anne Hauser is a freelance writer who is currently a double major in Magazine Journalism and English at the University of Missouri.

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