Born Vietnam | Arrived Australia 1978 | Head Of Marketing and Co-founder, Authentic Education
Cham arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. After years of setbacks, Cham is now a self-made millionaire with his training business, Authentic Education, employing 12 people and recently recognised by BRW as one of Australia’s fastest growing businesses.
One of the best things about running my own business is the freedom to see an idea through. Cham Tang
Freedom to explore new ideas
I work hard, yet after seeing the long hours my Mum worked to provide for our family, I also know the value in working smart. I start at 9am, finish at 6pm, and then work another hour or two when I get home. But it’s worth it because my work is about helping others.
My business partner and I started Authentic Education after spotting a new market opportunity. We both worked in the personal development space yet saw little support for Australians who wanted to improve themselves and their lives.
a shoestring budget
We decided to give our business idea a go; on a shoestring budget, with nothing but the desire to learn and grow.
Six years later Authentic Education is a well-established personal development and business training company that has assisted more than 14,000 Australians and was recognised by BRW as one of Australia’s fastest growing businesses – ranking 38th in BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015.
It seems like starting a business here in Australia often isn’t the normal thing to do, where in many other countries starting a business is less unusual because there aren't many employment opportunities.
This really is the lucky country. If you put in the effort, learn and take action, you can succeed.Cham Tang
42% of migrant business owners are working more than 40 hours a week
Compared to 35% on non-migrant business owners
23% OF MIGRANT BUSINESS OWNERS STARTED THEIR BUSINESS TO TRY OUT AN INNOVATIVE IDEAShare
Business success is based on personal measures including 'freedom to make my own decisions'Share
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