Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in language education but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Pauline Mwendwa, Founder of Fantasia Language School, located in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Fantasia Language School is a purely online school where we offer different online courses for different languages. Our clientele is diverse, students looking to spare an hour from their busy schedules to learn a new language. Our students range from children to adults from any and every part of the world.

Tell us about yourself

When I moved to Mexico in 2016 with huge dreams and expectations, my experience was far from what I had expected due to the language barrier. I had to learn Spanish to survive and connect with people. The thought of other people going through such an experience pushed me to think about how such a challenge could be intervened. As a Bilingual and ESL high school teacher here in the United States, I am passionate about languages. As a speaker of 6 different languages, connecting and communicating with different people from different parts of the world now gives me power. This motivates me to transfer the same power to different people to connect to different cultures and break the existing language barriers and challenges.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

As a business, a full-time teacher, and a part-time master's student, being able to keep my business running has been both a challenge and an accomplishment at the same time. Being able to find a balance and make sure that all my employees and clients are well-taken care of is something I am proud of.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Balance. Finding a balance between my professional life, business world, and social life. Sometimes it is hard to keep all of them at par.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Strategize.
  2. Stay committed and consistent.
  3. Build professional relationships.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

There is never a right time to start. And yes you can, si, puedes.

Where can people find you and your business?


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