In 1976, young, ambitious and adventurous Al Amer searched for the best school that will meet his engineering dream in the United States. He fell in love with Columbus, Ohio immediately and applied to study Engineering at the Ohio State University. He has remained a Buckeye ever since. Al Amer who is originally from Jordan is the owner of One Stop Computer Repair and Services at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Dublin Granville Road and he told The Immigrant that “opportunities are always here in America.”
I worked for other people, until I decided to work for myself. It wasn’t easy starting business but you have to work hard to start a business.
It took many years of hard work to get to the point of starting my business. But anybody can start a business if he works very hard and decides to do it. It takes dedication and hard work and lot of hours. You have to first gain some experience from others and you have to work for others. When you get your experience and about how to do things in the United States, then you go from there. You just have to sacrifice.
We started a long time ago with the “manual computer”. It became more popular about 15years ago but I started nine years ago. I learned from people. It started by breaking down the computers into many parts until I learned to do the servicing. I have to read a lot and go to classes. I have to do a lot of classes with Apple and Microsoft in order to start understanding how to do things. It takes very hard work.
Initially it was hard but through the sales, when I started selling computers, used and refurbished computers, I started making my living. After a while people started knowing the place and bringing computer to be repaired and fixed. There must be the will and hard work to reach that point.
America is the easiest country in the world to start business. Any other place will require a lot of money. Even if you have a hundred dollar in your pocket you can start business here.
Prospective business owners need to be very patient. It is harder now to start any business. You need to work for others, you have to save some money and then when you decide to start your own business, you need to start it slowly. Start it part time, keep your job, start from home, until you get some clients and build some customers. Keep going slowly. If it takes a year or two that’s a plus and if it takes six months then you’re lucky. It takes about a year. But you must have a good personality. People have to like and trust you to give business to you. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have as long as people like you and give business to you. A businessman must work very hard to earn the customers.
I always encourage people to really do it. In this country we have the opportunities and the opportunities are always going to be here. The opportunities never die. America is the easiest country in the world to start business. Any other place will require a lot of money. Even if you have a hundred dollar in your pocket you can start business here. Other places are very hard. In this country you can start your business even while still working for others and you still have your own business. They need not to be afraid.