Today, in our Talent pictures Section, we will interview Alberto, Founder and Owner of “Alberto Profesor” an Online Spanish teaching project, based in Barcelona, but aimed to global students. With an experience based on over 3.000 hours of Spanish classes, Alberto Vara is a certified teacher of Spanish as foreign language, but also a passionate guy, that loves people, teaching and opening students the gates of Spanish culture and language. He is continuously developing material for high quality Online Spanish learning and he works to the production of some Podcast series.
Let´s him explain his business idea with his own words.
What is your business about?
“Alberto Profesor” is a project that tries to connect a professional Spanish Teacher with individuals and companies interested in Spanish training. This means that money doesn´t get wasted in language schools or intermediaries, and that students can get 100% attention from their teacher. The lessons are held online, using Skype software, so time wasting is also dramatically reduced. Busy people, who haven´t time to go to normal classroom lessons, can learn Spanish from their homes or offices. As a result, students get great private Spanish teaching at lower cost and less time wasting than in a traditional language school. A perfect deal! Alberto Profesor also offers a free Spanish blog, and some Spanish podcast that can help beginners to have their first steps in Spanish.
How did you get the idea of your business?
I was teaching Spanish for more than 4 years for different companies, until realizing that language teaching had to be done in a different way. During my experience as Spanish teacher, I met a lot of businessmen who complained about not having enough time to learn Spanish properly. They wished they could have lessons in their lunch time, or at home after they came back from work. Now, I work as a self-employed teacher, mainly using Skype and Internet resources. My teaching method allows people with little time to improve a lot their Spanish in a really fast way. Students don´t lose time, just learn. I´m also developing a great number of learning resources, such as different Spanish learning podcast and radio programs
What makes your business so special?
My lessons are interesting and engaging, and are focused on communication from the first second. I avoid too many grammatical terms or boring drillings. My lessons try to make a difference, and not doing what the student can do by himself The good thing is that it doesn´t matter if my student has to move to Madrid, London or Singapore, he can keep his Spanish studies using Skype.
What do you think your mission is?
My mission is to help people and companies to learn Spanish, and help them with any language related solution they may need. I like to have happy students, who don´t waste their time and money. Learning Spanish is easy if you put the effort and get the right teaching and method applied to you.
How did you start your business up?
After one of my lessons in the Spanish school a student approached me and told me that he had to come back to Poland, but he would like to keep having me as his teacher. I suggested Skype lessons… and it worked! He was the CEO of a big Polish company and asked me if I could train some of his workers, so that´s how I started developing my company and my Skype teaching system.
What were the main difficulties and best moments as a would-be entrepreneur?
The main difficulties are related with all the legal Spanish system, which I think is too complicated for entrepreneurs: too many papers to sign and it takes too long to start anything. Then, the best moment comes when you see how a guy who wasn´t able to speak a word in Spanish is suddenly having a 100% Spanish conversation with you.
Why did you choose Barcelona to develop your business idea?
Barcelona is a city with a lot of expats and foreign people who come here to start a new career. These people need to learn Spanish, and they want it to be fast and convenient. So I thought it could be a good idea to start here, and combine my Skype lessons with face to face lessons, to gain the trust of my students in the short distances.
Do you think that Barcelona is a good city to develop entrepreneurship?
Yes, I think so. Barcelona is such an international city, where anything you may want to sell will find someone willing to buy it. Furthermore, it is a really pleasant city to live, so it attracts all kind of people.
Would you recommend any mentorship program/resources for entrepreneurs in Barcelona to start a business up?
I found really useful to ask around the 22@ district, where the city government has its offices to help entrepreneurs .I would recommend anyone willing to start a business to go there and ask for help and information.
Want to know more about “Alberto Profesor”? Have a look at these links:
Main page: http://albertoprofesor.com