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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Suman Agarwal - Director and Master Image Consultant- Image Consulting Business Institute, President- Image Management Professionals' Association

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship? 

Being a Corporate professional for almost 14 years was a long enough time to come to a realisation that I must get into something of my own and once this decision was taken, I decided to research on what is the biggest need of the hour. 

The answer after a year long research was Image Management. India is strong with Academic Skills, but they greatly lack Soft Skills and Image Building and this is where we came into picture way back in 2009 with what was missing and I am glad we made a sensible decision and pioneered the concept Image Management in our country. 

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here. 

Image Consulting is a Life Skill. Everyone needs it but very few ask for it. Now people are becoming aware and the need is picking up all across. Our brand- Image Consulting Business Institute produces Image Consultants, people join our program from different segments like CA, doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Actors, Models, Cabin Crew, Students, Home-makers, Scientists etc with different age groups starting from 18-70 years. They either want to up-skill in their existing job or business, start a new career/business, change their field or diversify, these programs are a one stop solution for all. Image Consultants offer various services to individuals, Corporate, NGO, Hospitals, Institutions, Schools, Management Colleges, Services industries, prisons etc. 

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business? 

Any new category when introduced for the first time has its share of challenges. People take time to accept anything new and same thing was experienced by us. It took us 3 years to establish a new concept and now there is no looking back. 

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business? 

Every individual whom we told about what we are into understood Image Management to be a photography studio where we click pictures (Image). It was challenging and people could not relate to what we really meant by "Image." Yes it was a difficult phase but with our marketing initiatives through rigorous advertising campaigns, people have started realising its importance and today companies and individuals approach us to hire Image Consultants for various services. 

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period? 

The experiment period was yet again challenging but surely exciting too. We released several beautiful ads and our advertising campaigns are being remembered even today when people talk to us, they keep praising our ad captions. This was one of the most memorable experiment as our brand got tremendous amount of visibility and recognition. People recall our lime green brand color and our tag lines.Today we have completely shifted to online marketing and realised that this medium has a great scope and reachability with better results at a lower cost. The experiments always give you insightful learning and teaches you what not to do in business and to be able to differentiate between what is good and what is effective.It only adds to your learning to make you a better business owner. 

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years? 

In the next 5 years there are three things to accomplish 
  • Have our own App 
  • Have an Image Helpline to dial for Image Management tips and solutions 
  • Start ICBI Finishing Academy all across in every location for the end users 
  • Online courses in Image Management for scalability (For international Market) 

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business? 
  • Be clear of what you want to accomplish 
  • Prepare a plan without any abstract thinking 
  • Stay on ground and be realistic 
  • Keep things simple 
  • Stick around, do not get demotivated if things look difficult, everything takes time 
  • Have enough backing to sustain your business for atleast 2-3 years before it starts self-generating 
  • Be positive and have a never give up attitude 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sragarwal/ 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link 
https://www.facebook.com/ImageConsultingBusinessInstitute/ 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link
https://twitter.com/Sumanagarwal 

Q11. Personal blog URL link
http://www.imageconsultinginstitute.com/blog/

Monday, June 26, 2017

Priyanka Verma - CEO of MY BLISS TOUR

Q1. How did your career journey start? What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

I am one of those lucky persons to have a career in the field of my interest of travel & tourism which I started soon after completion of my post graduate degree of MBA with specialization in Tourism in the year 1995. After successful years of work experience and intermittent sabbaticals for family reasons, I decided to start my own venture MY BLISS TOUR meant to serve the travel needs of women travellers with and without their families.

Inspiration is often the result of ambition circumstances and compulsions. In my case, I was always thirsty for using my creativity and innovative ideas in designing exclusive and customized tours for women which often is not possible when you are working in corporate world. This is only possible when you are the boss of the company.

However this freedom comes at a cost where any mistakes can lead to risk of heavy losses at a personal level. I decided to bite the bullet and take the plunge to satiate my thirst.




Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

My business model is designed around meeting the travel needs of women travellers with and without their families. These may include adventure, nature, religious or travel to any known and lesser known destinations to India and abroad. I make it a point to accompany all my tours so that I am there in case of any unforeseen developments and this also brings a level of trust and confidence among my clients that I am there with them throughout their journey to make it enjoyable and blissful.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

The biggest challenge while starting any business is to find the niche market for your product and to arrange working capital to run the business. In a place like Mumbai, while there are several opportunities for arranging both, there is cut-throat competition for any venture which drags down price at the cost of quality creating a confusing scenario for customers who are unable to differentiate between low cost low quality and reasonable cost high quality products. Mine has not been an exception.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

Any new venture faces maximum difficulties in its nascent stage like a tiny sapling. Above all there are sufficient number of people in your ecosystem who give free confusing and discouraging advice. At this time, support of family and close friends is very vital. It gives you confidence and moral support that you are on the right track. Ultimately everyone has to fight his or her own battle but these supporting words make a lot of difference in developing self-confidence.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

Experiment and innovation is an ongoing process and cannot be classified as a limited phase in time. I am sure experimentation will always be part of my business model. This is the only way to keep once business alive in the face of a highly competitive business environment.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

My future plan includes specialisation in few national and international destinations and become the most trusted tour operator for these exclusive locations. I do not wish to bench mark my success or plans in terms of profits or turnover but wish to focus on customer delight and a blissful experience.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

Always have thorough domain knowledge before you venture into any business. Do not focus on making money but instead focus on keeping your customers happy. If your customers are delighted you do not have to worry about growing your business, which will automatically happen. Lastly, never make commitments which you are not sure about.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link

www.facebook.com/myblisstour

Q10 Twitter profile URL link
http://twitter.com/myblisstour

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link
http://www.myblisstour.com

Mahadevan R - Entrepreneur Coach, Trainer, Speaker from Mumbai, India

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

While doing my MBA from the S. P. Jain Inst of mgmt., the seeds of entrepreneurship were sown but it took 7 years to bear fruit and became an entrepreneur on the 15th of aug, 1999. Since then there has been no looking back…Started a manpower recruitment firm Career Aveneus (I) Pvt Ltd and scaled it up from 2 employees to a 325 consultants organisation spread across 26 offices all over India.


Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

Currently I use my formal mgmt. experience and the practical nuances while growing my business to help lot of business owners either to

a)       Kick start  their new ventures

b)       Show how to grow their business exponentially

c)       Prove to them how a business can be run on auto mode

This is done by working with the business owners and their team, setting up a goal, planning their vision and mission , attracting and retaining talent and making it happen


Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

Initially a) why should an employee join me…..how am I different compared to others…..because without the right people in your team, chances of growth are limited…

Then b) am I on the right path ? it is always lonely at the top…..better to have an experienced hand who has all seen it through to guide you and brainstorm with you…

c)       How to be on the business rather than in the business…..

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

Failure is not the opposite of success…it is part of success…we have kept on trying, not losing hope ….yes we have failed many times but have learnt from it and not repeated the same mistake…..

Setting goals is the most important part of a journey coz it provides direction, motivation and zeal to surge ahead.

Constantly upgrading oneself by reading books and surrounding oneself with positive oriented people is an absolute must

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

Once u are clear about what you intend to do…things become easier….

Have never wished for less problems but always for more skills to overcome any situation.

Maintain a gratitude journal and a to-do list to be made every night before going to sleep

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

My mission is to inspire and motivate the business owners to live the life of their dreams.

My vision is to become the No 1 business owner coach in the next 5 years


Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

Work on yourself , rather than expecting things to happen…

Pain of discipline is much better, do the high priority items daily even though it bugs you

Differentiate between what is urgent and what is important…..

Take out time to think on growing the business and enjoy every moment of the same


Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahadevanriyer/ 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - 
https://www.facebook.com/mahadevan68

Q10 Twitter profile URL link - 
http://twitter.com/maha789

Q11. Personal blog URL link – 
www.mahadevanr.com

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link – 
www.mahadevanr.com

Friday, June 2, 2017

Manish K Tyagi - Corporate trainer, Host & Stand up Comic

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship? 

Subsequent to quitting the Indian Navy after 23 long years as a Commander in 2012, I began pursuing my passion for Corporate training along with my role as a Business Head. My workshops have always been full of fun. It all started way back in 2014 when one of my close friends suggested that I should try a hand at Stand up Comedy, since he knew me very well. 

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here. 

By the day, I am a Corporate trainer & Motivational Speaker who has handled a lot of workshops on Behavioural, Leadership & Soft Skills. At night, I am a host & Stand up Comic who has done 100s of shows till now in the last 3 years in different venues & cities of India. 

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business? 

If you notice, most of the comics in India are almost half my age. Starting at 47 was by no means easy and it took some time for the fellow performers & audience to accept me as a Stand up artist. Furthermore, the investment of time in the beginning was high i.e. when you perform in Open Mics. Also, one does not get paid for the Open Mics. It takes a while before one starts making some money.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business? 

The first few months were not easy as I would leave home at 6 pm and return past 12 after a very bad 3-4 minutes on stage. I would come home and ask myself as to why I was even doing this. But the passion and perseverance drove me the very next day with a resolve to do well. Slowly, I started doing well and the rest is history. 

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period? 

Once you start getting the applause, you get the opportunity to try new material, which is essential to build up your stage time. Every venue & city has a different kind of audience and one flirts with certain kind of content everywhere. No risk, no gain. 

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years? 

Although I love to train people, I would like to continue travelling for Stand up Comedy to different parts of the country and hopefully, world. I will also be working on building my content so that I have a longer set on stage. At the moment, I am just enjoying my time on stage and would let it flow wherever it goes in this line of work. I have already spoken at 3 TEDx conclaves and hope to be a TED speaker someday. I would also like to grow as a Motivational Speaker as that comes naturally to me. 

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business? 

You have to have a funny bone to be a Stand up Comic. And if you do want to pursue this as a full time profession, one needs to be very patient and never say die. Keep going to Open Mics and trying/ testing new material and at some stage, you will begin to leave an impression. Also, one needs to have an original style and his own content to be able to do well. 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/manish-k-tyagi-b9b8885/


Q9. Facebook profile URL link 

https://www.facebook.com/manish.k.tyagi 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link 

https://twitter.com/KnottyCommander 

Q11. Personal blog URL link 

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yash Murarka - CEO of Food Craft Mumbai

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

It all began with a dream to be like my Father and he’s entrepreneurship inspired me to Become an entrepreneur. Ever since childhood there was a passion to cater people at different stages of life with exquisite services and that passion brought me into our family business. My journey started as an entrepreneur at a very young age of 16 years which helped me a lot to grow my business to manifolds. I always admired my father and he’s the only reason why u can see Yash Murarka as an entrepreneur.




Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

We are into pure veg outdoor catering services. We cater on all events may it be a big fat Indian wedding or a small corporate gig we cater it all . The Minimum number of Pax which we do catering for is 100 pax and the maximum number of people we have catered for is 9lakhs pax for opening of Akshardham Temple, Maninagar. We are exploring our self more in destination wedding catering. Food Craft Mumbai is panel caterer for more then 50+ resorts Pan Indian & 4 countries. The first impression of food craft Mumbai is by our presentation and catering decor, our lasting impression is our taste of food & the authenticity of material which we use and the best impression is the hospitality from our staff which helps Food Craft Mumbai stand not as a company but as a Brand in catering and wedding industry in global market.



Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

Being into catering business is full of a roller coaster ride you never know at which event the number of pax you catering for would increase and provision kept should be with lowest wastage as we have to deal with all perishable goods. It was always our team work which made us through our challenges and struggles, when you have a good team at your back to work together and with same passion to work for no challenge is big.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

Difficulties are part and parcel of life and the best thing you can do with it is FACE IT WITH SMILE because it help you grow and teaches you more than anything. In my discovery period there was a time people used to not entertain us but the passion to cater people making their dreams to reality kept me and my team alive, that is the reason why we love to work for our beloved clients at any part of the country and at any terrain without keeping any bounders

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

The best experiment we tried was going for destination wedding catering as we got a good hold in the local and looking at the increasing trend of destination weddings we pushed our self to exceed our geographical boundaries and cater to clients at their location with same taste, quality & better presentation. Happily the experiment turned out to be so good that we are one of the top caterers to cater for destination wedding from Mumbai around every corner of the country.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

Our Vision is to not only to cater food but to cater dreams. 

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

There is one thing which made me start and sustain in my business was passion to make Food craft Mumbai as a brand and not a company. Your passion, dedication, hard work and working together with your employees will always keep you sustain in your business and grow not only as an entrepreneur but also as a good Human.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link 
https://in.linkedin.com/in/yash-murarka- 057451b2 

Q9. Facebook profile URL link
https://www.facebook.com/yash.murarka

Q10 Twitter profile URL link
https://twitter.com/foodcraftmumbai

Q11. Personal blog URL link 

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link 
www.foodcraftmumbai.in