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The Language Entrepreneur - Greece - 1

Mrs A is Spanish but at the age of twenty she went to follow her studies in Spanish literature in the USA, where she met her Greek husband. After graduating she also traveled in France where she stayed for a year, later on she decided to follow her husband to Greece. Today they are both settled permanently. At first Mrs A worked for ten years in a private school as Spanish teacher and then she became responsible for the field of Spanish studies in the company. A few years ago she decided to cooperate with another partner and to open their own foreign language school. They both felt the need to be more independent and self reliant.

Mrs A didn’t have any financial support but she believed her vision and her long professional experience in education were the foundations of a good business. As she says; her love for her job and for her students is the key to being creative and consequently successful. Soon she became well known in the town and she got a good reputation. She states that her best advertisement is satisfied former students who recommend her to their friends and family. She usually employs three or more teachers in the school depending on demand for Spanish lessons. In the past she had the chance to expand her business by developing new branches in other cities. However, she decided not to expand but to continue offering lessons of high quality, with her personal care and attention.

From the beginning of her business activity she has consulted an accountant on financial issues. She prefers to have a professional consultant and not to make mistakes. In general, she is very careful with her steps and she hesitates to move too quickly, since foreign language learning could be considered as the kind of service which will suffer from expenditure cuts in the current period of economic recession.

She would suggest that immigrants wishing to start a business venture in a foreign country should identify and exploit their personal skills and assets. Another piece of useful advice is that immigrant entrepreneurs learn from and follow the successful business stories of other immigrants. This may encourage them tackle the difficulties involved in starting up a business.

Mrs A has no regrets about her decision to come to Greece and start up a business. Even in Spain she would have faced similar difficulties in doing business. Above all she is doing something that she loves and this inspires her to continue. Furthermore after twenty years in Greece she feels that it is her home. 

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