Business: World Study Travels / Take a trip with Tina
Founder: Tina Dahmen
Please tell us about your business/project:
The main purpose of the business is to educate people through travels.
What inspired you to start your own business/project?
The business was inspired by my personal passion for travel . Over the years I have built great expertise deriving from my own experiences and growth.
What was your biggest fear about starting your business and how have you overcome it?
Honestly speaking, I have no fear, I am fully committed to my business and enjoy what I do!
What are you most proud of? – e.g. personal milestones, awards, sales, awareness increase, positive feedback.
Most entrepreneurial Kingston University students of the 2015/2016 class provided me with positive feedback. In addition, many people asked me to create tailor made individual and group travel packages. I get a thrill from keeping my customers happy!
How does your business differ from others? What’s your USP (unique selling point)?
Our 2 new projects don’t exist anywhere yet, that’s pretty unique.
How did you come up with your business name and branding imagery?
World Study Travels is just the perfect name and clearly represents what we offer, everyone understands it right away. People gave me the nick name ‘Tina travels’ and that’s how I came up with the second brand name.
How have you promoted or marketed your business?
I utilise a number of channels to market my business. I have primarily used social media platforms,physical posters, word of mouth and attended a number of business trade shows. In addition, I continuously use SEO to ensure my business ranks highly in Google search results.
How did you raise funds for your business/project?
I applied to a number of grants and used some of my personal funding initially to get the business going.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
In the next five years I want to be living and working from Bali, running a cruise and female self-defence course successfully every year.
How did University support you in developing and growing your business/project?
Through the enterprise lectures I met a lot of inspiring people, got to network with great entrepreneurs and received great mentorship. I also received a lot of support through the KU Talent department (allocating interns etc. )
Why do you believe enterprise skills are important? Please give us a brief quote.
“I believe enterprise skills are indispensable. It’s sleeping somewhere deep inside of you, hidden within and needs to be awaken. It grows along the way with your experiences and desires. Connect those two and you will beam like the sun! You just gotta awaken the giant within you and watch her grow!”
How can we get in contact with you?
Facebook: Take a Trip with Tina
Youtube: Tina Dahmen