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Entrepreneur Has A Way With Words

Meet one entrepreneur who turned her language skills into a lucrative business.

This story appears in the October 2000 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Relocating to a foreign country can be a daunting move, especially when you're transplanting yourself to a big city-and the nation's capital. When Sachiyo Ikeda, the founder of Link International NYC, arrived in Washington D.C. in 1984 from Japan, she no idea she would eventually start her own business using a skill she already possessed-being fluent in both Japanese and English. She worked for several American companies in D.C., but it was her last stint at the D.C. office of a Japanese company that finally got her entrepreneurial juices flowing. Because she had become used to relatively relaxed American work structure, Ikeda no longer felt comfortable being micromanaged and wanted to follow her own business instinct.

Ikeda, 38, had developed a wide network of business associates from her corporate career, and she began talking to them to find out what services they needed. In May 1993, she began offering Japanese/English translation and broadcasting industry research services. In 1995, she moved to New York City, and she now works out of her converted living room in a midtown Manhattan apartment, with her Maltese, Taro, by her side. Her business has continued to grow, and she's adjusted her service offerings to stay current with business trends and emerging technologies. With annual sales of more than $100,000 and several significant ongoing projects, Ikeda has proven that language skills can go a long way toward business success.

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