As part of Women’s Small Business Month, IHCC is highlighting some of the women-owned businesses that are part of our community of passionate entrepreneurs.
Jill Bishop is the founder and CEO of Multilingual Connections, an agency that provides professional translation and interpretation services in over 75 languages. Jill founded her company 11 years ago when she was looking for career flexibility and now leads a staff of 11, translating for clients such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Stanford University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
What inspired you to take the leap and become an entrepreneur?
I had turned in a voluntary resignation letter and decided it was the perfect time to take the risk of starting my own business. I knew I wanted to have a family and have flexibility, so I decided to take a year to see if I could create a business that could sustain me and fulfill me professionally.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned along the way?
Just like a human being, a business grows and changes over the course of its life. I’ve had to learn to stay flexible for what the business needs and the vision I had for it. My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to stay open to the different directions your business may take and be flexible in the way that you look at things.
What are your long term goals and dreams for Multilingual Connections?
I want to continue growing the business and also create additional opportunities for career growth for Multilingual Connection’s employees. I would like to be giving them the tools to run with it and constantly be learning and growing.
Learn more about Multilingual Connections at http://multilingualconnections.com/