“Seeing my student’s progress makes me very proud and humble.”
Meet founder and president of Salon de France, Tamara Natacha Fuertes of GirlCrew Dublin
Ireland has always had a good relationship with other countries across the globe, with many settling here to set up their lives and businesses. One such girl who took the plunge to move to the Emerald Isle is Tamara Natacha Fuertes – “my professional background is in Hr/Occupational Health and Safety, and since my arrival almost a year ago, I have not yet been fortunate to work in my field”; although she remains optimistic that she will get back into this field. Instead of allowing herself to be defeated by this setback, Tamara dove right in and set up her own business “as a need to survive and the fact that I had [seen so many] French speaking roles here in Ireland”.
Recognising that there are a lot of French-speaking jobs in the city and few people with the skills to fill them “[she] came up with the idea to start a small business teaching/translating/tutoring French.” Learning a new language from a native speaker has many benefits, not only can you learn the rules and grammatical structures but you also get immersed in real-life conversations and you learn the nuances behind the words. In chatting with Tamara it is clear that you couldn’t ask for a more enthusiastic teacher and her love of all things french is quickly apparent – “since it’s my first language, I am very proud of it and passionate about it”. So if you’re looking to brush up on the language of love, or perhaps you’ve always fancied a trip to the La Ville Lumière make sure you meet with Tamara and you’ll be able to answer “Parlez-vous français?” with “Oui!”
1. What is the best thing about starting your own business?
The freedom to be my own boss and to help my clients the way I find is the most beneficial for them. To be able to set up my own hours and my own rates and share my knowledge. It’s very rewarding professionally and personally.
2. What did you find most challenging about it?
To start the process. I did not know what to do, but I knew I had to do something to try to survive in my new country and what better way than with teaching a beautiful language.
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
To have students that are enjoying my teaching and that they find it rewarding. Seeing my student’s progress makes me very proud and humble.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to set up their own businesses?
Just go for it. Start slow and small and you never know how much it will grow. I just started my little business and I feel it will keep growing slowly.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
To try to keep focus on your ambition and what you are passionate about no matter what new struggles or joy and new responsibilities come your way.
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