Humans have desires and needs that increase with age. One of them is a student who has an age range of 18-25 years. This age is the time when a person wants to continue exploring himself and tends not to want to be regulated by others. This can be said to be a trial-error process in him. It is in early adulthood that they have begun to think about the future and do not want to depend on others anymore. This characteristic is what makes it common for students to have the hope to open their own businesses.
People who open their own businesses can be said as entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is defined as people who dare to take risks to innovate to run their business. An entrepreneur is never afraid to dream. For them, something big starts with a small thing first. Likewise, entrepreneurship can start from an intention or intention. Moreover, seeing the ease of obtaining information in this era makes the opportunity to realize this intention even greater. In accordance with the typical characteristics of entrepreneurship, someone who has determination and intention is always curious and will analyze the opportunities that exist, and will not give up easily.
Nowadays, entrepreneurship does not have to bother looking for and paying the rent of a place. Many entrepreneurs start at home. This can be realized due to technological advances. Under these conditions, rent can be allocated to other things such as promotion or packaging. Moving from one point to another is difficult. Uncertainty makes them feel tired because they feel they have not achieved the desired result. Often, they forget that there are no instant results especially if they start from nothing.
In general, the entrepreneurial process has several stages, including:
First, start. This stage is the simplest stage which starts from an intention to do business. Usually, someone who is in this stage is happy to see the business opportunities around him, then start looking for information about the type of business they want to run. In the starting stage, there is one more important stage to think about, namely capital. Capital is a key factor in the sustainability of a business. The source of this capital can come from the results of personal savings, forming a team, or borrowing from other parties. This capital is not only useful at the beginning of the business but it must be thought of until at least 3 months after the business is realized.
Second, do not make an effort. This is a more serious stage than the first stage. This stage is the process of realization of the intentions that are possessed occurs. Conflicts and problems also began to approach when conducting this stage. So that he will learn to make decisions, dare to take risks, and also evaluate.
Third, maintain the effort. This stage is a continuation of the evaluation conducted. An entrepreneur will see the results of his business development and weigh them for their long-term viability.
Fourth, to develop a business. If the third stage has satisfactory results and is stable for a long period of time, then the target to be achieved is to expand the amount of effort.
In running a business, the results obtained are not necessarily in accordance with the plan. Inconvenient situations are often encountered in everyday life. Therefore, a person with characteristics who wants everything that is certain and easily gives up cannot deal with the situation. It is someone with a steely mentality who can survive in that world. There is an intelligence called Adversity Quotient (AQ) or often also called Adversity Intelligence. This intelligence is related to a person’s endurance in dealing with problems. In the end, a person who has high intelligence will be able to win facing various difficulties that come when the process of gathering intentions until the realization of his business.
Everything has both positive and negative sides. Likewise with starting your own business. It is not easy to keep the intentions that are owned from the beginning. There are times when they think too much about the risks that exist so that in the end the prospective entrepreneur undoes his intention to plunge into the business world. It is common for whispers from the outside environment to make doubts to try to get bigger. Sometimes, if we rely too much on others, we will feel disappointed more often. Meeting many people, establishing relationships is a good and important thing to do because humans are social creatures who cannot live alone. Especially in the early adult phase like this. Self-knowledge is certainly limited, we also need to observe and listen from the outside environment, however, do not let that outside environment take control of our dreams and plans. Just pick up, observe, analyze, and make the conversation from others as an input for yourself. Although we fail in doing an effort, however, if it is the result of self-planning, of course, there is still a feeling of satisfaction because we have tried and become material for self-evaluation in the future. It is different if when we fail, however, the result of the interference of others or other external factors in it. We tend to blame others and regret not following ourselves.
When dreaming of having a business do not think too much about external factors until it drags on. Sometimes we just need courage, determination, intention, and confidence in ourselves in getting started. Instill that failure will always go hand in hand with success and not all failures are bad. Do not be afraid to start and learn. Do not let the brilliant ideas that have been owned just be dreamed without ever being realized. Know the opportunity does not come repeatedly.