The challenges of being a deaf entrepreneur
I remember when I was around 10 years old; I asked my father how
I could become a multimillionaire? He told me that I needed a
business idea and a business development plan. I use British Sign
Language and also know four other languages including American,
Pakistan, South African and Moroccan Sign Languages to facilitate
communication between these companies.
Being deaf can present many challenges. For example, trying to
open a business bank account was more difficult than most people
would find it. I arrived at the bank to open the account but
because of communication problems between the staff and myself it
was a very complicated process.
Another example, I attended a meeting where I was the only deaf
person in a room full of hearing people whose knowledge of deafness
was somewhat lacking. The interpreter that was with me needed to
sit opposite so I could see them properly but they were made to sit
very close to me which was not ideal.
I have always been determined to be equal to hearing people.
Throughout my life I have made sure that I have persevered with my
studies and worked hard to achieve my qualifications. I have
continued my studies to learn more about entrepreneurship and
business services so that I can offer a wide variety of services
rather than focussing on just one particular area.
How to set up my own business in ten achievable steps;
3. Customer services
5. Strategic planning
6. Finance and profitability
7. Leverage (finance)
8. Leadership and direction
I will not ask you: so what do you do at the moment? Give me
just 30 minutes of your time to present your pitch, then I will be
interested to listen to you and get more information about your
services, products, numbers, and people.
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