Name: Nina Creus
Course: Translation Media and French
I provide language assistance and tuition to both local businesses and those learning modern foreign languages or English as a foreign language. I work alongside passionate and intelligent linguists to provide over 10 languages. Following evidence of a demand I began setting up French, Spanish and German holiday and after-school clubs for children aged 7-11. These clubs will take place for the first time this summer (2015). We're really looking forward to the impact learning languages will have on these young people. We believe languages build bridges.
How did UEA Student Enterprise help you?
UEA Student Enterprise has been a great place to talk over my ideas and get invaluable advice on setting up a business.
I've applied successfully to both the Try It and Do It Santander awards which have helped my start-up financially, but the process of analysing my business model with mentors and the Student Enterprise team has been invaluable.
What worries did you have while setting up your business, and how did you overcome them?
UEA Student Enterprise helped me to understand the practicalities in setting up a business and overcome any initial queries I had. It's really fine. Who doesn't want to be their own boss really?
What ignited the spark in you to start a new business rather than look for work from someone else?
Both of my parents and my sister have always been self-employed, and growing up in North Norfolk I've often worked in small businesses, so I have a good insight as to how they work. I graduated with a degree in Translation and as I didn't want to leave Norwich, I realised I'd have to work for myself. I worried that I'd be working alone for international clients and so I'm really happy that the local community has approached me with their language needs so that my linguists and I can work with them.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
- Market Research - It is very important to understand where you stand in the industry in order to cater best to your clients needs.
- Imagination - Believe in your ideas, but talk them over with lots of people!
- Promotion - It's great to have your ideas but you need to make people aware of them; share them and talk about them, put them on the internet, attend events, get your friends talking about what you do.
What motivates you?
I like the idea of opening up the world to monolinguals. I feel really happy to have had so many experiences of other cultures through speaking a foreign language. I would like to either teach people to speak foreign languages or help them to understand them, either for personal reasons or for business. Languages build bridges!
How do you define success?
I think if you enjoy and believe in how you make your living you are successful. I'm over the moon that I use my skills and promote language learning and work with such amazing people.
What's been your most satisfying moment in business?
I'm enjoying the whole process. I really enjoy having ideas and testing them out. I'm currently really excited about the Children's Language Clubs which are starting this summer and looking forward to seeing how far this venture will go, and how much we can teach these young minds!
What piece of advice would you give to university students who want to become entrepreneurs?
I think you really need to be aware that it is very hard work and there are lots of opportunities to give up. Remember why you're doing what you're doing on those days and keep going!