Starting A Business in College w/ NAIT Student Carter Buchanan

There is often a debate whether or not college is worth attending. If you want to be an entrepreneur, there is even a more considerable debate whether or not you need to attend school. In Edmonton, we have multiple schools that offer business programs with young people attending who eventually want to start their own business. Carter Buchanan is a NAIT Entrepreneur who has started three companies throughout his adulthood. In episode 32 of The Bee Influenced podcast, we chat with Carter about what he has learned from attending college and how he applies that knowledge in his own business.

Carter Buchanan

Carter Buchanan who attends Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is not like many other students you will meet. He is a NAIT Entrepreneur who has started many businesses/side hustles. Carter has begun a bartending service, event management company, and even creates jewelry out of used bullets cases.

Carter is an excellent example of the importance of taking advantage of the time you have in college to pursue the activities that you’re passionate about.

Bullet Proof Jewelry

Bullet Proof Jewelry designs and creates unique jewelry pieces out of repossessed bullet casings. Everything that has been created has gone through the barrel of a gun and fired down a range. Carter has been creating jewelry for both men and women for a couple of years. Creating and designing earrings, necklaces, cufflinks, money clips, etc. all out of repossessed bullet casings.

NAIT Entrepreneur Carter Buchanan from Bullet Proof Jewelry

Carter Buchanan NAIT Entrepreneur of Bullet Proof Jewelry

Carter Buchanan is also a cheerleading coach and judge that sits on the board of directors for the Alberta Cheerleading Association.

NAIT Students Pursue Entrepreneurship

If there is one thing, we have learned interviewing NAIT students, is that they are accepting of trying entrepreneurial ventures. Raymond Saw, Darion Getzinger, Justin Nand, and Dan Hein were all students who took time out of their lives on evenings and weekends to pursue their entrepreneurship ventures. They looked for opportunities, discovered skills they already possessed and found ways to make side hustles out of them.

Carter Buchanan will be added to that list of NAIT student entrepreneurs, who decided to not settle for mediocrity. The one thing that makes Carter unique is how he used his time in college to explore not only one new business opportunity but three!

Discover all the side hustles Carter has by listening to the full podcast!

3 Tips When Starting A Business

Carter Buchanan’s three tips when starting a business was:

  1. Don’t second guess yourself – you are your own worst enemy. The second you second guess yourself, you lose.
  2. Have your support network ready because you’re going to have both good and bad days. It’s a ride and you can’t do it on your own and there is an amazing community of entrepreneur support networks in Edmonton.
  3. Roll with the punches. As an entrepreneur you have to be ready to get hit pivot, get hit pivot. If you are passionate about something, you’re going to find a way to make it work.