Would I rather start a small business or become a minimum-wage apprentice to a mentor? Why?
To me, the answer to this question is simple, actually obtaining the goal however is a whole other story. Personally, I would much rather start my own small business than become a minimum-wage apprentice to a mentor because owning a business means that you have the chance to make so much more money. It also means that becoming successful will make your voice heard, not only to your employees, but to the community you serve. A business is a legacy to be passed on whereas a menial job in which you never work your way up can flood your life with regret, and misery. Founding your own business means having the power and freedom to create something you love; something that makes you proud and others proud of you. It would be a dream come true to own my own business one day; I would be guaranteed work, and a successful businesses offers security that no minimum wage job ever could because a founder/owner is not easily replaced.
Now, don’t get me wrong; everybody has to start somewhere. A mentor is a great place for anybody to begin their journey to owning a small business, but I don’t believe it can offer the same rewards. If your goal is to become a manager, start under the best manager you can find and stay there! But if your goals lie elsewhere, don’t be afraid to get some training before hitting the world on your own either. You can always learn something from somebody else, no matter whether they’re above and below you on the work chain.