7 "Musts" for Business Success from a Dorm-Based 20 Winner


StartupNation has inspired, educated and consistently attracted entrepreneurs and small business owners from Main Street America who want to be their own bosses and live the American Dream.

(At StartupNation’s request, the following words of advice were provided by Brian Rider, a winner in the 2008 StartupNation Dorm-Based 20.)

Here’s my “special sauce.”

I, like most of you who are reading this, have been diagnosed with a lifetime disease called entrepreneuritis. Although it’s not deadly, it does radically change your life and happens to be mildly contagious. The common symptoms of this disease is constantly pursuing your passions in life and enjoying your work. 

Entrepreneurs are the driving force behind a successful economy. By understanding the privilege and responsibility, a passionate individual can do amazing things to serve and transform our society.

The most important rule that I live by is too pursue your vision with perseverance.

Here are some other guidelines.

  1. Pursue knowledge and think for yourself. Figure out what works for you and do it. Don’t be afraid to try your ideas.
  2. Don’t build the company around yourself. It limits the potential of your business.
  3. Utilize resources provided by a University, such as professors, the library, and a small business center.
  4. Seek guidance from mentors and advisors.
  5. Keep your focus on your goal.
  6. Give back to the community. Keep in mind the social value of your business.
  7. Keep a notebook with you at all time to write down ideas.