Mohammed Osman had been paying another company to deliver computers, DVD players, stereos, and other small electronics to his native country of Ghana for six years when he realized that he could provide better service if he shipped the equipment himself. His merchandise—also consisting of salvaged automobiles, furniture, clothing, rugs, cooking oil and other household goods—was often late reaching customers, he said, and without any kind of tracking system, he couldn’t rely on the company he was paying for shipping or its ability to deliver consistent service.
Osman described the day when he decided to start shipping the items himself. “At the time I was driving a taxi,” he said. “I saw an import/export class advertised at LaGuardia Community College, where I took my taxi driving classes.”
After the import/export class, he found himself putting more and more time into his business and less time driving taxi.
One day he was working on his business plan when he... Read More