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The Web-enabled Entrepreneur - Greece - 1

Mr D is now in his early thirties, he was born in the UK and came to Greece to join his partner who owned a business in Greece. He had family experience of entrepreneurship and he took a business studies course in UK.

When Mr D was thinking about starting a business he found that there was a gap in the Greek market for motor vehicle spare parts which could be delivered directly and fast in every Greek town or abroad. He thought that one on-line shop selling car spare parts 24 hours a day would be a great idea. He employs just one person and he sells his products via the internet and telephone.

When he started his business he received great support from his family. The business had massive support with paperwork and regulations from his girlfriend. He found learning the Greek language very difficult. However, most people, who he speaks to also speak English, so they usually communicate in English. He thinks that not speaking Greek is a problem for an immigrant in Greece and it’s difficult to have many employment opportunities unless you have good Greek.

He would suggest for an immigrant who has capital and wishes to start up a business in Greece that the first thing to do it is to get an accountant and deal with the bureaucracy, and after that to learn the local culture. Otherwise he would advise someone to use a consulting service provided by a specialist or cooperate with someone local who knows the market.  

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