Industrial Engineering senior student Daniel Croitoru, 22, from Bogota, Colombia not only loves Math but is also a great fan of Linguistics. He speaks four languages — Spanish, English, French, and German — and is presently learning Mandarin. Desiring to put his passions to work, he made his final project for his Bachelor’s program all about Math and Linguistics.
His project, SpanishPro.net, intends to connect teachers and learners. “The website sells Spanish classes to people who know the basics of Spanish but want to improve their conversational skills without formal classes,” Daniel mentioned. Not intended for beginners, the website’s targeted users are people from other countries who have studied the language for at least six months.
This is simply because the teachers can be anyone. Signing up as a teacher at SpanishPro does not require one to have a diploma in teaching. Fundamentally, anyone who is proficient in Spanish, is patient and has a knack for keeping chats interesting as well as engaging are invited to apply. Daniel himself stated he would definitely be setting up classes. “I study in a university with about 20,000 people. I’m contacting teachers and students who want to earn extra to sign up,” he replied.
(Daniel with his brother)
The most affordable fee is US$5.38 for a class that typically lasts 45 minutes. The teachers make US$5 per class. “My price point is one of the lowest there is. I think that’s what makes us stand out from plenty of similar sites,” Daniel said, who added that all teachers are Colombians who are native Spanish speakers. “Our clear and light accent makes us ideal Spanish teachers.”
Daniel presented his project last May and also received a perfect 5/5. He then had the idea of introducing it and turning it into a business. However since he could not design a website, he hired a freelancer to perform it.
He posted his project on Freelancer.com, which he found on Google. “I got 31 bids and picked one among the two freelancers who submitted their bids in Spanish. Freddy0309 from Venezuela was more detailed and confident in his proposition, so I picked him,” Daniel mentioned.
Working with Freddy was a breeze. Immediately after the platform was completed, Daniel hired him once again to add additional web pages on his website. “It was really nice working with him because we both speak Spanish and have similar cultures. Quality-wise, I’m very satisfied with the work and plan to hire him again in the future,” said Daniel.
His favorite feature on Freelancer.com was Milestone Payments. He said it was the best system he noticed as it gave assurance to both individuals. “It was difficult to find a payment platform that works in Colombia. I’m glad Freelancer.com supports our country.” He paid a total of US$866 to Freddy. Locally, he claimed he would have easily shelled out at least US$2,000.
As soon as Daniel finishes his degree, he is supposed to operate SpanishPro full-time. “I’m really passionate about this new venture and want it running soon. Right now, I’m fixing my website’s SEO and social media. I will find an expert on Freelancer.com to assist me,” he announced.
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