Sawyer Howitt is already on the road to running a company having put some of his planning and organizational skills to use at the Meriweather Group in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. But he also has many hobbies on the side including giving advice to others who want to run a business someday, and he’s even shared them on the Medium social network. Howitt believes there are five characteristics that make for a good young entrepreneur.
Howitt says young entrepreneurs shouldn’t let education or lack thereof stop them from getting busy at their business idea right away. He believes education is important, but it is merely a building block along the way to building a big company. Second, he says young entrepreneurs can already start learning how to hire the right people and make them happy. Third, he says focus is everything for an entrepreneur because while you’re pursuing one idea, another could very well come to you and you might be tempted to be led off by it. Fourth, he says entrepreneurs need to look at the numbers and follow where they’re leading. And most importantly he says entrepreneurs need to be savvy in people skills and be willing to work with a partner if need be.
Sawyer Howitt has been working hard learning how to manage budget sheets, put together business slide presentations and making connections with clients at The Meriweather Group. His father founded this company and has let him get an introduction to what the corporate world is like, and Sawyer has come into contact with many startup clients seeking business capital investments and understood what they’re looking for. He’s just finished up general studies at a Portland high school and is going to be enrolling in a business program soon at the University of California at Berkley.