Q. What motivated you to start your own business?
A. I have been really entrepreneurial since grade school. I remember selling different things back then! I love working on my own business because of the flexibility of time and ideas. With Upsource, what motivated me was my love for digital marketing, my relentless pursuit of independence and to really help more businesses thrive in this digitally transitioning world.
Q. What are you most proud of? What is your biggest success?
A. I am very proud that we were able to successfully adapt here in Canada, specifically here in Calgary. We might have started back from scratch, like going back to school again, applying for survival jobs, but being able to rise from those experiences to building my own business and being able to service clients and being a part of their success is also considered my very own success.
Q. What has been your biggest challenge as an immigrant entrepreneur in Alberta?
A. The communication skills and networking are the most challenging part I had to face when I was starting the company. Thankfully with Business Link, I got the guidance and referrals of the right people to talk to about my business needs.
Q. What has been your biggest challenge in light of COVID-19? How have you had to pivot your business?
A. UPSource was founded during the pandemic with the main goal of helping businesses transition and scale faster even during this trying time. The only challenge we had is making sure that our team stayed healthy, physically and mentally, since we are remotely working in front of our screen all day and the feeling of isolation can be overwhelming.
We make sure that our communication is open. We have online games and activities to make our team feel united and connected.