Hi! I am Gretel, the founder of Our Swiss Business. I started this adventure in 2016 from scratch, in a foreign country, with no business experience, no local professional or personal network, no previous knowledge about websites, marketing, event planning and the like…. Still, I made it!
Born in Italy, I spent more than 10 years working for international development and environmental organizations. I moved to Switzerland in 2011, while I was pregnant. I have experienced the frustration of trying to position myself professionally in a foreign country, with limited language capabilities and with the time constraints brought by a new-born. On top, I wanted to do something different from what I had been doing in the past.
I spent three, very difficult years writing job applications, having disappointing job interviews, and trying to understand how I could help myself out of this situation. I knew I had potential, I knew I could excel, but I did not know WHAT I was supposed to do. Still, I was motivated to change my professional life for the better. I did not want to be a stay-at-home mom. I did not want to accept any job and feel unsatisfied for many years to come.
During these three years, I slowly identified what could make me happy… I found my passion. Only, I did not know what to do exactly with that passion. I didn’t have a solid business model and this led me to numerous mistakes. Gradually, I learnt what was needed in order to transform my passion into a real business. This took me two additional years.
Now I am happy: I am doing what I love and I am making the money I deserve for my hard work. Finally, I am fully using my potential. Now I can help you avoid the most common mistakes and learn the fundamentals of a successful business in a short time and without pain! You don’t have to go through all the hurdles I went through in all these years, because now I am here to guide you.
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