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The Skilled Entrepreneur - Finland - 1

Mr S was a policeman in Estonia for 10 years. However, the wages were low, and when he saw an advertisement for truck drivers to work in Finland, he decided to take the opportunity.

Mr S worked for four years in a transport company in southern Finland, first as a driver and then as an organizer. Then he got an opportunity to buy one third of the company from the owner who was planning his retirement. After five years the owner wanted to retire totally. At that time Mr S had become the virtual leader of the company so it was quite natural that the principal shareholder offered his share to Mr S. Taking over the company and all the responsibilities and pressures that come with it, was not what he had originally planned. However, he decided to take the challenge.

Mr S has not come across any prejudice while running the business. He can speak Finnish well after living here for ten years. The ability to speak the language and computer skills are important to running a business. There aren’t any big cultural differences between Finland and Estonia, either. He thinks that as long as the service is good, the customers don’t really care if the entrepreneur is a Finn or an immigrant.

The advice he wants to give to immigrants starting up a business, is to remember that being an entrepreneur means a full time commitment to the business.  

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