I always dreamed of being my own boss . I wanted to source goods overseas and sell them to wholesalers and retailers in the UK. I saw many opportunities on my travels to bring unique goods into the UK and sell them, in particular precious stones.
I couldn’t afford to leave my full time employment and devote myself to my own business as like us all, I had financial commitments. I did not have any knowledge of International trade so my first move was to get proper training.
I contacted many training companies who offered international trade courses but in the end I decided to go with ABTS Training services because they offered an Online course suited for beginners, so I was able to study in my own time.
I spoke to Alan Bracken of ABTS about my ambitions and current situation.
His advice was invaluable and gave me confidence to pursue my dream. I remained in full time employment and enrolled in the Online International Trade course. I studied at my own pace and in my own time.
Once I was confident that I understood what was involved in International Trade and after many phone calls to Alan, I took the plunge and set up a limited company.
As my funds were limited I relied heavily on the knowledge I gained from the ABTS International Trade course and decided not to import direct from suppliers but to test the market and trade as a commission agent.
After analysing several offers for an agency, I decided to accept an agency for uncut emeralds from a company and to represent them in the UK as their commission agent.
I made contact with many precious stone wholesalers in the UK. As the ABTS International Trade course advised me, I used the comments I received from wholesalers to refine my presentation and I am now very confident when I meet perspective customers.
I am now working with several wholesalers in the UK and high value orders are in the pipeline. It’s hard work as I am still working full time but it is well worth the effort. I am looking forward to the day I can become my own boss full time, which is now, not too far away.
The online course gave me the knowledge and confidence I need to take the plunge and start up my own business. Thank you Alan and ABTS Training Services.
Miss. Lina Cardona