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The Language Entrepreneur - Finland - 1

Mrs M came to Finland from Hungary fifteen years ago to study for a PhD in natural sciences. She didn’t know the language at all when she arrived in Finland but she learned quickly. Only four years after her arrival she was able to take the official exam for authorized translators (from Finnish to Hungarian). She partly financed herself during her studies by acting as a freelance translator. 

After her PhD she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the university until her fixed term contract ended. Mrs M had the idea of bringing together employers who are seeking employees and providing a new work force from Hungary. The company started by recruiting staff from Hungary, but now most of the employees are Finns. They also recruit from other countries such as Poland and Slovakia. Since Mrs M had been working as a freelancer translator for a long time it was natural to include those services to the repertoire of the firm. They also started to offer telephone interpretation services to employers who have foreign workers. Mrs M did not have any contacts in Hungary to help her to recruit her first employees, but as she says “she is quite good at organizing things”.

At the beginning of her business, Mrs M got a start-up grant for half a year and a little after starting the business she attended a two week long start-up course, which she found very useful. She encourages all those interested in entrepreneurship to start a business of their own, but recommends taking small steps at first in order to see if the business idea is viable.  

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