How millennial entrepreneurs are different
Among other findings, millennials are more likely to expand and sell a business than entrepreneurs from earlier generations
A recent study from The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute looks at something near and dear to my heart -- Millennial Generation small business owners as compared to other generations.Skip to next paragraph
Jeff is the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
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Here are my thoughts on a few of their key findings:
- Millennials are 50% more likely to expand their business compared to prior generations. This one does not surprise me. More and more of today's young entrepreneurs have studied entrepreneurship. There are also many more resources out there for them to draw upon. Part of what drives the interest in expansion is confidence. Understanding what drives successful growth makes seem more attainable. Many of our students talk about how to scale their ventures -- it seems to be part of their basic outlook on starting ventures.
- Millennials reported they are 100% more likely to sell their business. Again, not at all surprising. Exit planning is fundamental to what they learn about entrepreneurship and what they most often hear about it in media stories. It also fits with their limited attention span -- their words, not mine. Almost all of my students admit that they probably will lose interest in a business within a few years. They seem to be born to be serial entrepreneurs.
- Millennials are 120% more likely to be a business owner without other workplace experience. The old common wisdom was that you need to go out and work for someone for years before you strike out on your own. Not any more. We encourage our students to start ventures while in school to use as learning vehicles. Every year we see more and more young graduates walk across the stage with their diploma and a business in hand.
- Only 8% of Millennials inherited their business from their parents. No kidding. The Baby Boomers have not saved enough to retire, so they will be needing those businesses for a long, long time!!
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