How long has your company been in existence?
Since December 2015 I have been here with my studio.
How did the foundation come about?
We came to Germany from Poland for family reasons. At the beginning it was a difficult time, because I didn’t speak German and therefore had no possibility to find a job. Then I attended a 6-month German course and decided to open a foot care and cosmetic studio. In Poland I worked in an office and attended a beauty school on the side. Beautician is my dream job. I love what I do.
So you’ve turned your hobby into a profession? Have the qualifications been recognised?
In the most part. I am also a podiatrist and can work with my certificate everywhere in Europe, just not in Germany. At the moment, I am waiting for the health office to recognize the qualification so that I can offer medical foot care in addition to cosmetic foot care.
In addition to the recognition of qualifications, what were the challenges in setting up the company?
The first two years were very difficult. Initially, there was help from the Jobcenter mainly in the form of training courses and seminars. It is not only the technical knowledge that is important, there are many regulations that must be followed.
A big concern after the opening was the uncertainty of how the citizens of Forst would react and accept me. The beginning was hard, often I was alone waiting for customers. But I always believed it would work. Slowly it has developed and in the meantime I have many dear regular customers.