Three ways we can all become entrepreneurs in 2015

Entrepreneurship is quickly becoming democratized; it’s no longer viewed as a pursuit for the select few. Here entrepreneur Jamie Dunn looks at three trends which are making it easier for everyone to start-up this year...

Entrepreneurship is quickly becoming democratized; it’s no longer viewed as a pursuit for the select few. Here entrepreneur Jamie Dunn looks at three trends which are making it easier for everyone to start-up this year...

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2014 presented us with some great strides forward in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. 2015 will be the year that all of these strides forward will come to fruition, transforming marketplaces forever in the process.

Online learning

It’s no secret that University popularity has been declining in recent years, and with the technological advancements we are making as a generation, I see online learning being the new number one choice for students when they leave school or college. 

Let’s face it, we can pretty much learn anything online these days; whether it is through watching YouTube tutorials, taking an online certified course or being matched with an online mentor. Online learning is becoming so popular that even Universities such as Stanford are pushing to take all of their courses online.

Courses can be delivered at a fraction of the price and anybody, anywhere in the world can take the course. No brainer. 2015 will see more Universities invest more into their online learning platforms and more students taking online learning programmes. Want to learn the business basics? Don’t shell out on a costly University course or risk your savings on firsthand experience, all the tools you need to succeed can be found online, often for free.

Crowdfunding

Getting your business idea some financial backing can be a tricky process, especially for an inexperienced entrepreneur. While a network of contacts can help, the advent of crowdfunding now means that everyone is on an even footing when searching for investment.

Yes, crowdfunding has been around for a while now and isn’t the buzzword that it once was, however, I think it’s only now that crowdfunding will reach its potential which has previously excited us. Crowdfunding has given us films, games consoles, fashion, new technologies and open education so far, but more importantly, what it has done is set new trends. It gives cash-strapped entrepreneurs and inventors a new way to turn their idea into a business. Crowdfunding has taken on the pinstriped suit wearing, business loan bank managers and won.

Mobile payment apps

At the back end of 2013 we saw some companies have a go at embedding mobile payments into their business. 2014 then saw even more businesses give it a go, but I believe that 2015 will be the dawning age for mobile payment technology. 

Technology such as this hasn’t been accepted overnight due to people’s fears of allowing their phone to handle their money, however, as we become a more technologically dependent and acceptant society, this is changing. We are seeing mobile payment solutions spring up through all sectors now, catching a cab, topping up our oyster card or paying for our weekly shop. This change can only be a positive thing for small businesses, offering easier ways for potential customers to part with their cash that are inexpensive to implement. The mobile payment apps to watch out for in 2015 will be Apple Pay and Zapaygo. 

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