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Name: Alena Sunavska
Business: London Language Studio
Industry: Education & Training
Location: London, England, U.K.
Reason for starting: As a professional linguist fluent in six European languages with an understanding of further four, I felt it was my duty to share my language skills with people who equally wish to become fluent in a foreign language. I love sharing knowledge and helping others to grow. Which is why I set up London Language Studio, a private language tuition business in London.
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How do you define success? Success is another word for achievement. It is the ability to create something good. And it is defined by personal happiness.
Biggest Success: My biggest success is the success of my business. When I look back I feel proud. Saying I have grown my business from scratch and through hard work is not enough. Most of us entrepreneurs do that. What I am proud of is the fact I have grown the business without any initial investment, without any financial losses, and without employing any IT, SEO, marketing and graphic design firms. Yet my business ranks on first page on Google for most search terms. It’s hard work but I am proud I managed to become self sufficient in these aspects of running the business and particularly in it’s online presence. It gives me great independence.
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? My top challenge is the fact I try to do everything by myself. And there is just not enough time in the day. I am a perfectionist and find it difficult to delegate. I am yet to address this…When I planned to have children, I knew I needed to work from home. Being an active mother is my priority and my business allows me to put my children first.
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Who is your most important role model? I don’t have a role model. I am inspired by my own achievements.
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