Nael Fayad

Nael Fayad opens his own saddlery and upholstery workshop in Nuremberg

 

 

Nael Fayad is from Syria and worked his whole life in the saddlery and upholstery business in his home country. Together with his wife and two daughters he lived a comfortable life until the day he had to make the decision to flee to Germany.

That was five years ago. Nael first came to Germany all alone, without his wife and his daughters, and was neither familiar with the culture nor with the German language. The only thing that seemed familiar to him was his work as a saddler and upholsterer. He decided to pursue this activity in a company in Germany and to continue his learned profession in his new homeland. However, he soon realized that his own skills and experiences in the field of upholstery were often much better than those of his colleagues.

 „The people in the upholstery company, where I was employed, all had a lot less experience than me. That frustrated me and at some point I said to myself: “You can do better, use all your experience and open your own workshop. “

So it happened that Nael Fayad started his own upholstery and saddlery workshop called Nael Fayad in Nuremberg. Since then he has been re-upholstering car seats, sofas or office chairs for his customers. He is satisfied with his own small business and particularly happy to be able to make his own decisions.

„What I find best about my own workshop is that it allows me to build and shape my own future. I am very happy to have dared to take the step into self-employment.”

At the beginning, however, Nael had strong doubts as to whether his own business is really the right thing for him or not: he did not feel fully comfortable in speaking German, did not know whether he would find enough customers and whether he would even find an affordable workshop for himself: Thanks to the financial support of the Job Center Fürth and the support of KIZ Prowina coach Stefan Kuhn, he was able to find a suitable workshop in a short time, renovate it and equip it with everything he needed. He decided to seize the opportunity and start his business.

Looking back, Nael wants to give an advice to all people who are thinking about starting their own company and have doubts:

„If you have good experiences with something and you like to start your own business with it, don’t let things like your language skills unsettle you. The best thing is to start. In the end, it wasn’t usually that difficult. “

Thanks to everyone who believed in me and supported me… Thank you

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This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

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