In my second #AlexTalkTuesday, I discussed 5 productive things to do during spring break. If you're a busy college student like myself, you often might find yourself swamped with tasks; so spring break is an excellent opportunity to regain control and propel forward!
Networking, especially for entrepreneurs, is huge! Not only is it a great way to build and maintain connections, but it is also a good way to learn what others' are currently doing and stay current. Simply reach out to contacts in your area and ask them to grab coffee and reconnect! Also, don't be afraid to reach out to people over LinkedIn who work in roles that are of interest to you and ask to job shadow them for a day to learn what the role is like first hand.
2. CATCH UP ON WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON IN THE WORLD
If you're a busy student like myself, you might lack the time to stay updated on current events and trends. Use your newly found free time to catch up on what you've missed! Some of my favorite news outlets are Business Insider, Fox News, Entrepreneur magazine, Forbes, Inc magazine, and Bloomberg! Also, another way to force yourself to continually stay updated is day trading! If you don't already know, stock prices fluctuate due to any PR released by/about a company. When you day trade, you are forced to follow the news for the companies you own shares in. Not only will it help you learn more about the company, but it will also allow you the opportunity to analyze why they potentially might be making certain decisions and seeing how those press announcements effect their share price. You might make some cash in it too!
3. READ A BOOK
One of my goals that I have always had difficulty achieving is reading one book every week. When you read, you have more things to talk about, and it helps you learn from the mistakes/successes of others. Look for a good goal-oriented reading list online and find self-help books that are of interest to you and try to knock out a few during spring break to continue learning!
4. WRITE BUSINESS PLANS
Even if you're not actively pursuing starting a company, writing a business plan is an excellent way to test all your ideas for feasibility on paper. Then, copyright that business plan so no one can steal your idea in the future (upload it to copyright.gov and pay the initial filing fee). To construct your business plan, look for templates online - my favorite is the Business Model Canvas. Be sure to account for all revenues/expenses, partnerships, resources, distribution/supply chains, every facet of the company. Also, do an expense sheet with projections to further test for feasibility. Once you have done all that and gotten a copyright, no one can steal your idea. Then, present it at pitch competitions and to angel investors to potentially receive funding to launch your startup! Also be sure to look for networking groups so you can gain valuable feedback from your peers.
5. FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION
If you're still in higher education, be sure to knock out all your short-term assignments the first day back on Spring Break! If you have any long-term projects, go ahead and start them and go as far as you can with the material you are given - not only will it look good to your professors, but it will save you time in the future. Time is valuable because it is the only thing you cannot purchase. Save time wherever you can by continually getting ahead. If you don't have any outstanding assignments or are already working, then further your education through getting online certifications in fields you are interested in! Sites like Lyndia.com (powered by LinkedIn) will let you get certified in fields that are of interest to you. If you are going into the corporate world, you need to be a master of your trade, so continue honing your skills through furthering your education in your fields of interest. Also, consider learning how to code. Even if you do not want to go into computer science, coding is a valuable skill because we are moving strongly towards a digitized age and the language of coding is more valuable than any other language you will ever learn! If you are not serious about coding as a career, take a few entry level classes - the process is systematic and it will help refine your thought/action process by forcing you to complete one task before moving to the next, which ties in with time management (which I will be speaking on next week).
Thank you all for reading/watching! I hope you learned something. If you have any comments, please leave them below or tweet me to potentially be featured on the next broadcast!