Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in language education but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Johanna Ronzio, Owner of Learning Spanish with Johanna, located in Greer, SC, USA.

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

We have an online program to teach Spanish to children. My program is designed with the child in mind, how they retain information, how they learn, how active they are, and how engaging a lesson needs to be for them to truly enjoy learning! We incorporate song and movement to teach because the more senses are involved in the learning, the greater the experience and the stronger the memory that is formed!

Our program is based on my years of experience teaching at school. We have lesson videos with puppets, video songs, worksheets, vocabulary to listen to the pronunciation, and much more. Our customers are schools, teachers, parents at home and, of course, children.

Tell us about yourself

I love teaching children and enjoyed being a teacher at school and seeing how many children loved learning Spanish. Because of that, I started desiring to give to other children and teachers outside my school. I wanted to share the gifts that I have been given as a teacher with those that need them outside of the school I was teaching in; that is how the idea of the website started. My biggest motivation is not only to teach children Spanish in a fun and engaging way but also to create an awareness of other cultures and the importance of learning a second language.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The testimonies of people are my biggest accomplishment; of course, to start making a living from it is very satisfying because I get the best out of both worlds, doing what I love, and making a living from it. Getting to that point has been a journey of passion and patience for me; it has taken a lot of time and dedication.

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

The initial investment of time, money, and resources before you see any fruit is hard but necessary, and even if you do see monetary fruit, it takes so much of your time that it has been crucial to have vision and clarity for the business and for it to also align with my passions and what brings me life.

As a mother, balancing life has been hard. I'm the kind of mother who wants to spend as much time with my girl as possible but also needs to run my business. The best thing to do is to be organized with your time and set specific days and times to work!

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

  1. Make sure you have a clear vision and passion for what you want to do.
  2. Surround yourself with a good team of people to help you and bounce ideas off of. You will be surprised how much further you go when you are not alone; it's synergy.
  3. Be as organized as possible with your numbers, keep all the accounts and expenses separate from your personal account and ensure you have an accountant you trust!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Remember that the fastest runner doesn't always win the race; take your time to pursue your dreams, and do it well!

Where can people find you and your business?


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