Roma entrepreneurship

Name: Gerebenes Iencsi
Year of birth: 1994
Job: Entrepreneur in building/construction
Country: Romania

1. Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?

I think my story is very similar to many other young Roma like myself. I’m coming from a simple family, and I didn’t have the chance to do many studies. However, I realised that entrepreneurship is the best solution to be my own boss and develop my own business, not the one of others.

2. How did you succeed as an entrepreneur?

I guess you need a combination of liking the activity you’re doing, acquiring the necessary skills and doing well your work. This will help you create a good image as a worker, get contracts and make you a successful entrepreneur.

3. What achievements have you accomplished as an entrepreneur?

Personally, I’m quite happy that in two years (2015‐2017) I managed to pass from working as a construction daily worker to own a family business that is active both in Romania and in Austria. This means a better living for my family.

4. What advice can you give to young Roma with regards to how to succeed in entrepreneurship?

I’m not very experienced, so this question is better addressed to someone more experienced. :) However, so far I can say that working hard, being honest with your clients/partners, will lead eventually in making lots of money and become successful.

5. Who is your role model?

Since I used to spend most of the time at home helping out my father and older brother with different physical work, I can say my father’s attitude towards work inspired me to get into the construction field. He also supports me a lot in managing our family business.
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