Page content Site navigation
ELIE - employability:learning through international entrepreneurship ELIE on Facebook ELIE Homepage ELIE on Twitter
Home > Life Stories > The Language Entrepreneur - Greece - 1

The Portfolio Entrepreneur - Greece - 1

Mrs A is Spanish, at the age of twenty she went to follow her studies in Spanish literature in the USA, where she met her Greek husband. Today they are both settled permanently in Greece. At first Mrs A worked 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. 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.

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. 

To read the extended version of this story go to:

Education and Culture Lifelong Learning Programme
© 2011 ELIE Project
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.