Cue Card # 8: Describe someone who has started a business

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 8

Describe someone you know who has started a business.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • what work this person does
  • why this person decided to start a business

and explain whether you would like to do the same kind of work as this person.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

I would like to thank you first for the opportunity you have given me to talk about a person who runs a business and is personally known to me. In fact, one of my cousins has recently started a web designing company in our hometown and he is doing great. He has already got a few clients and I am happy for my cousin. He has a strong determination and I am sure he will take the company to a great height.

The cousin I am talking about who owns the website designing company is Andrew and he is a computer graduate. He is my maternal cousin and in our school days, we were very close. Despite our mutual understanding and respect for each other, we are not as close as we used to be. However, when I visited his office a couple of weeks ago, we talked for an hour and he introduced me to some of his office staffs.

Andrew is the CEO of his company and the company is called ‘Design Paradise’. As the founder of the company, he literally does everything. He manages clients, communicates with them, creates the design concept, interacts with the employees and manages projects. After his graduation from Edge Hill University, he worked as a web designer for more than four years and afterwards decided to start his own company. He established his company, Design Paradise, in 2016.

I know him as a talented individual with a passion for doing something transcending. And as per a discussion I had with him, he decided to start a company because he wanted to do something more than adding some projects’ names in his portfolio and earning monthly wages. He told me that starting a company and then successfully running it offers plenty of benefits as a business owner can become his own boss, follow his dream, set his own working hours, employ several others, achieve personal fulfilment and enjoy more vacations. From the discussion, I can understand he did not want to work from 9 to 5 every weekday for the rest of his life and aspired to chase his own dream.

My university major is not computer science, so I believe starting a web designing and software development firm would not be a practical idea for me. Since I am doing my graduation in English Literature, I would rather start a company that focuses more on writing and publishing rather than writing codes for websites and software. However, my experience of vising my cousin’s office was excellent and the way he is managing his company is something I would no doubt follow.

Model Answer 2:

Maruf Adil, my childhood friend, is a very enterprising and upbeat personality. Currently working as a banker, he had tried a number of different jobs in the past apparently for the purpose of learning different kinds of “trades”. Now, why would he want to learn different kinds of trades, one might ask? Well, he wanted to be an entrepreneur. So, a few months ago, when he told me that he wanted to start a catering business, I wasn’t really very surprised.

I felt actually glad for him because lately, he was complaining a lot about his current job, and that he wanted a bit more flexible schedule around his life because he wanted to spend some quality time with his elderly parents.

Now, if you ask me whether I would like to work in catering business or not, I would probably answer in negative mainly because my introvert personality wouldn’t exactly allow me to excel in a profession where I would need to communicate with different kinds of people almost constantly. One needs to be pleasant, highly creative, consistent and organized, which isn’t exactly how I would describe myself, in order to remain competitive in any kind of business. Besides, running a successful catering business would require a lot of preparation, cleaning and serving, and I don’t really think that I would be able to keep up with so many works.

Finally, I have never been a risk taker in life, and it would take a substantial amount of money to start a catering business. With no prior experience in a restaurant or catering business, I don’t think that I would be willing to take such risk with my hard-earned money. Unlike my entrepreneurial friend, I guess that I just like to operate from a safe zone while actually, business is all about taking risks.

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