By Michaella Lesieur, Staff Writer
Owning a business takes a huge commitment along with an equal balance of determination and time. In addition to taking a full course load of college classes, it can be a challenge; and one may think it’s impossible; however, it is possible. For junior crime and justice major, Hansen Bargantine is no amateur in the area of personal management.
Bargantine has been creating his own businesses since high school starting with photography, graphic design, and other trades such as landscaping and setting up bouncy houses, which kept him busy over the summer.
He has been working since the age of thirteen and is aware of what is up and coming in the market industry. He began to have an awareness of this term “market” during high school.
“When I started off [in high school], graphic design…was something I thought was a lot of fun and then I realized it was a huge market,” said Bargantine. “I started creating album covers for bands [and] flyers for clubs.”
Working independently can be an obstacle, but still rewarding. In order to work autonomously, a business owner must be passionate of his or her business and diligently work in order for the results to be successful. Once a business owner gains key experience, the owner’s credibility will grow, and in turn, the owner’s business should flourish.
“My first business helped all my others and [my] marketing skills,” said Bargantine proudly. “Each time they get better, I have learned the process and how to handle clients.”
Bargantine has set goals for his future job market once graduating college. “Hopefully I can own my own practice in a legal field and work collaboratively with a news station.”
“You have to accept failure,” said Bargantine “Personally I have had businesses that failed, but you have to stick with the theory that there are going to be green circles that can have you selling red squares.”
However, one must remember to have an equal balance of time management. “Family and school come first, then the job I made a commitment to, my personal business and friends,” said Bargantine.
According to Bargantine there are a series of pros and cons going into independent business. “You are your own boss, you come to see what works for one business might not work for the other, you can make your own mission statement,” he said.
The high achieving junior learned from his first business and continues to learn the game of owning and selling your business, leading him to grow in the industry. “Over time you learn what you should do and what you shouldn’t do,” Bargantine said.
Those who are interested in starting their own business are encouraged to talk to Bargantine as he is open to answer any questions you may have. “I am available to talk,” said Bargantine. Although, he is not an expert he is learning and he believes that to be very important.”
Photo Courtesy: Michaella Lesieur