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The Portfolio Entrepreneur - Finland - 1

Mr R had a web company back in Belgium but after moving to Finland he become a graphic designer in a local advertising agency. The agency closed down and he needed to find work so Mr R decided to start an agency of his own. He thought would be essential to have a Finnish partner, since he did not speak the language that well and found a suitable partner.  

The company started solely as an advertising agency but then Mr R established a café in the same premises. The café worked mostly as a way of marketing the advertising agency. Then Mr R was very keen to get some Belgian chocolates in the café but they were not available in Finland so he ended up importing them himself. A second café was established and he still has some ‘appetite’ to open up new cafés in bigger towns. So Mr R has become a portfolio entrepreneur quite accidentally within only four years.

Mr R feels that the most important pieces of advice he could offer for other immigrants starting up a business are a) be honest, b) do not deny where you are – that means you should mix the best of your own country into the cultural context of your new country, and c) be ready to work hard for your goals. You’ll have to start from a scratch, because you don’t have the network of people around you which you would have in your country of origin and in Finland knowing people is the key to successful business.

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