Like many Americans, Ada Bustamante dreamed of opening her own business. But working long hours in restaurants had left her with little time to spend with her family, let alone to learn the skills necessary to run a successful company.
Ada turned to HP LIFE, a program of the HP Foundation that provides free online business and IT skills training to people all over the world. Through HP LIFE, Ada has access to 25 self-paced courses full of information and practical exercises on topics such as communication, leadership, marketing, finance, and operations. Each of the courses are available in seven languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, and Chinese.
HP LIFE is helping Ada build the necessary skills to run her company, Clean World Better Living, more efficiently. Clean World Better Living is a residential and commercial cleaning service that uses only biodegradable cleaning products that have a lower environmental impact.
Before HP LIFE, Ada said the organizational and administrative part of her business was a disaster. “I had no control over my expenses,” she stated. “I was working too much, and I didn’t charge my clients enough. HP LIFE e-Learning helped me find tools that I really needed to run my business. Now I know how to control my time at work and how to make spreadsheets. I am able to estimate an exact price for my clients.”
Ada studies the HP LIFE modules in her native language from her home in El Cerrito, California. “I like that HP LIFE e-Learning is available in Spanish,” she said. “I can grow and learn in my own language. The exercises in each course are very easy to learn. I feel that it’s accessible to everyone, regardless of educational level.”
All her hard work is paying off. She’s already hired her first employee and has created a company website to publicize her business.
Based on her experience, Ada encourages other aspiring entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and build a brighter future. “Anyone who has a business idea can do it,” she said. “If more entrepreneurs took advantage of HP LIFE, they’d find the key to economic stability. It will change their lives.”