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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vikaas Kalantri - MD & CEO of White Leaf Entertainment Media Pvt Ltd

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

Well belonging to a business family, my father was always and is always my Idol. I set out to become an actor and gradually through the process got into the entertainment Segment and now own one of the most prolific event companies of India. I guess the passion for entertainment and the creative field let me do something away from the family business. White Leaf entertainment is me at my creative best and creating new ideas and thoughts everyday and seeing them coming to light. 

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

We are an end to end event management company, with interests in Production, celebrity management and creating IPR’s for self and others. 

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

Well the biggest Challenge was to get into the corporate world with established players already there. Events have been going on for ages and there were already companies that were there on board. To present better ideas and show the companies your capabilities was the hardest specially since I was an actor. However I am grateful to a few people who showed trust and faith in me to start off and therefore I have reached this level. 

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

Well at the start there are difficulties if you are starting a new business but to hang in there and wait for the right time is the best thing to do in life. I kind off researched and did a lot of self studying in the initial period so that we are upto date and can present newer ideas and methods to our client. 


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

well after you start getting 3-4 initial events and people are satisfied with your work the road is more or less set. You have to keep innovating and experimenting and achieving and satisfying the client but more or less you are on the right track. 

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

We plan to get in Television Production and content production and also develop more IP’s like the ‘gold Awards. 

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

Firstly only do anything If you are passionate about it, there will be good times and bad times to sustain and move forward and constantly innovate is the best thing to do here. Moreover ours is a service industry so loyalty, honesty and excellent service are the core essentials of the business. 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link – 
Vikaaskalantri - https://www.linkedin.com/ 

Q9 Facebook profile URL link – 
 White Entertainment Media Pvt Ltd 

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link 

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link – 
www.whiteleafent.net

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Zoran Saher - Actor, Creative Entrepreneur, Anchor & TV Host. Film / Food / Lifestyle & Travel Writer. Founder of The Local Outsider & OneTakeOnly


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

Having lived in 3 different countries in my life, I’ve always been diversified in my outlook towards most things, be it my career or the quest to be a better individual. Growing up and spending 19 years of my life in Oman (Middle East), shaped my perspective in a manner that made me well aware of the possibilities that were within my reach, and some that I dared to chase. But it was studying in an American International school, which gave me the confidence to think outside the box and helped me challenge my instincts. After which, pursuing my education at Pace University in New York, groomed me into an individual that made me feel closer to my dream of becoming an Actor and someone who genuinely loves being in front of the cameras. Having played the lead role in a Short Film that screened at the New York Indian Film Festival in 2012 and featuring in multiple TV commercials along with a webseries in Mumbai thereafter, has convinced me enough that there’s nothing that knows me better than the lens of a camera. My experiences of life have given me the courage to express myself articulately and hence, the desire to pursue my passion for writing. And that was the inception of my blog – The Local Outsider in 2015.


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

My idea and sense of business has always been simple. To be able to create an impact in the most personal manner which in someway, is able to make a change and bring about a smile on multiple faces. Being a writer who’s deeply been influenced by the virtue of having a privileged upbringing, has taught me the essence and the ironic dichotomy of the imbalance, that we experience in every day life. So whether it’s a travel piece that I’m writing or documenting a certain event, I’m always inclined towards giving it a positive touch, with the hope that it’s able to spring about a certain awareness or inspire those who choose to seek it. With my latest Video and You Tube property called OneTakeOnly, which I launched sometime last year, is an attempt to focus on some of the unspoken aspects about human nature, current affairs and socially relevant factors that aren’t given the attention it deserves. Be it a five minute segment on the effects of Brexit or how Roger Federer’s legacy has given millions the desire to dream and chase their passions, my intention with OneTakeOnly was to conceptualize a platform that offers a refreshing take, which relates to the educated mindset.


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

My challenge has always been more to do with my wanting to outdo my potential and ability, and not necessarily trying to live up to the so called standard that the world judges you by. So it all boils down to how well you choose to express yourself, without the baggage of a filter or any external pressure. Each day presents itself as a challenge, which you can either perceive as an obstacle or an opportunity. To my good fortune, at a very early stage in life I developed the ability to see things with the idea that it will somehow turn out well, if my heart is in the right place.  Through repeated mistakes, you nurture the chances of getting it right one more time. And this is not with the intention of proving it to the world, but to those insecurities that we hold within about the things that we are able to do, but don’t invest the time to do so.


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

I strongly believe that the second you begin to think you’ve made it, is when you lose the plot completely. It is best if you take it as a milestone that stirs the motivation within to keep soaring towards heights of success. The problem is when you set a particular target as a benchmark, you begin to take a backseat the moment you’ve achieved it. We never want the good times to end, but to think of it practically it is impossible to start something in life without assessing or analyzing the issues and hindrances that come with it. One of my biggest concerns when I began writing was the kind of audience that would read my work. I didn’t know what strata of society would subscribe to the sensibility of my thoughts, but I knew that if I were able to somehow convey emotionality, it would work. I still don’t know if I’ve got it right because every video that I shoot on OneTakeOnly and every piece on The Local Outsider, has a complex and different reaction to it. A reaction that most times is contrary to what I think it would be. But that’s the excitement of wanting to do something different and not knowing how well will it be received. More often than not, I receive requests about what I should cover on my blog and how my thoughts inspire a particular individual to start something of their own.  As I always say, if you do what you love doing, you’ll leave behind a legacy of someone who succeeded more times than failed. So challenges or not, I begin every morning with the desire to give it my best shot in front of the camera, irrespective of the end result. I do it not because it needs to be done, but because it gives me the kind of happiness that nothing else can.


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

The only experiment I’ve ever tried in the last 7-8 years, is to see how well am I able to sustain a career that doesn’t begin at 9am and end at 5pm. It comes without a desk and a chair, and it has less of board meetings. And that’s how I like it to be. My work involves moving from one place to the other and sometimes working from home. I love trying different forms and mediums to promote the craft I’m involved in. I’ve been writing for the last 7 years now and even though I may have altered my technique depending on the subject, I ensure that the essence of my style remains the same. So while the discovery of learning things about life became a seamless habit for me from an early stage, I haven’t done anything drastic in search for a historic outcome.

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

I want to spend the next few years in being closely associated with the film industry and do good work. Be it the short and independent films, Webseries or TVC’s, learning the craft never gets old. I also want to invest my time in building interesting content for my blog The Local Outsider, and make it a commercially viable product. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is to write a book on my life, but that will require a lot of my time, as it’s a long term project waiting to be published. I’ve just about decided the title of the autobiography.


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

The best advice I’ve ever got was from my Dad. He always tells me “Do whatever your heart desires and that which makes you happy. But make sure that once you chase that dream of yours, you become the greatest ever in that field.” I don’t think I’m anywhere close to being where I want to be as yet, and therefore I set extremely high standards for myself. I know what my capacity is and I’ve genuinely been extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunities that have come my way. Life has been kind to me and so has god. The only advice I’d give, is to takes risks when you’re able to back it up with your strengths. Communicate and express what you feel because until you don’t say it the way you feel it, no one will get a taste of your passion and dreams. Work immensely hard, because the satisfaction you get from doing what you love, is a feeling that words cannot describe. And lastly, don’t forget to help those in need and the underprivileged. Philanthropy is the only deed that has greater returns, when it remains unspoken.

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Q11. Personal blog URL link – 
The Local Outsider: https://www.thelocaloutsider.com/

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Beth Misner - Speaker / Author and Co-founder of BNI Foundation

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

I married into a family business. I did not grow up with the idea that I wanted to work for myself, or own a business. All of my grandparents were in business for themselves, so I did have that example in front of my as a child. Once I actually became an entrepreneur, I knew it was the best fit for me. My husband, BNI founder and CVO, Ivan Misner, has always inspired me to be the very best entrepreneur I could possibly be.  

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

Our company is a franchised business called BNI (Business Network Int'l.). We provide weekly meetings for business owners to attend with the sole purpose of providing each other with qualified referrals for new business for themselves. It is a membership organization, and I'm proud to say that many of our members share with us that they are in business today because of the services we provide to them! You can learn more about BNI at www.BNI.com.

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

I had to shift my mentality from being an employee to being an owner. There are a lot of things the owner does without even thinking twice about it that the employees never consider. For example, at the end of the work day, I was ready to stop, but as the owner, there are additional things to do that means you cannot really stop! There were times where we would work on the accounting (in the very beginning) until the early hours of the next morning! I really struggled at first with feeling resentment over having to do all these things. 

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

There was a time very early in our company when we went through a very tough time with the income. We had to think of some creative ways to increase the income. Since we are a franchise company, it can sometimes be difficult to stay in close touch with all the franchise owners in a way that keeps them excited about growing the business in their own territories. I had the idea to begin holding conferences with the franchise owners every six months, to bring them in to the headquarters region to meet us, conduct trainings, and do things to keep them excited about what they are doing. It was a great success and now there are BNI conferences all over the world in every country we operate, and also one BIG conference somewhere in the world for everyone each year. 

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

We started to watch the production numbers of the franchisees to compare the results of the franchisees who came to our conferences with those who did not. We found quickly that the franchisees who did not come to our conferences did not have as strong of a business as those who did. As a result, we began to mandate attendance to at least one of the conferences offered throughout the year. Coming together with everyone to learn and grow has an amazing impact on the production of the franchises afterwards. And they seem to really enjoy getting together with everyone. Many of them have become very good friends, traveling on vacations together with their families, and even some of them have married each other! 

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

I am now helping to manage the BNI non-profit which focuses on children and education, the BNI Foundation. I hope that in the next five years we will have 100% participation in the BNI Foundation's programs by our franchisees and that 75% of all our BNI members will be contributing to support the work we are doing with schools all around the world. 

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

Start your business with all the roles in mind that you will need to have others doing as you grow. As you are able, begin to bring these people into your staff. Trying to do everything all by yourself to save money will cost money in the long run. You will never be able to grow as much as possible if you stay as a Solo-preneur, as you will when you grow a team to support your business. Also, be sure you have some kind of philanthropic cause you attach to your business. It will create good for the community, and it will create brand loyalty with your clients for your business. 

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link  www.facebook.com/bethmisner

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Q11. Personal blog URL link http://bnifoundation.org/blog/  and www.bethmisner.com/blog


Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link www.BNI.com  www.AskIvanMisner.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sid Shah - Business Coach and Life Coach - Think and Grow Rich Academy India

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

I first read THINK & GROW RICH about 20 years back during my MBA studied. I could not stop reading the book. After that book, I studied every possible work of Napoleon Hill including all of his books, articles, audio recordings, etc. I started to apply the principles of THINK & GROW RICH in my life and achieved remarkable results. At this moment, I decided to Buy the License from the Napoleon Hill Foundation to Coach & Train these principles of Success. 

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

GROW RICH Academy is the Only Company in India affiliated with the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Virginia, USA, having the exclusive License to Coach & Train PAN INDIA, on the Principles of Success. 

I am India’s First & Only certified Business Coach and Life coach completing all the three levels of Training from the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Broadly, we offer our services in two formats: i) Workshops & Seminars ii) Personalized Coaching for CEO’s, Teams, Corporates, SME’s & Executives. Briefly, the Principles of Think & Grow Rich are applicable for every individual to assist that person in achieving its goals, aims or objectives. 

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

The biggest challenge was to spread the awareness of THINK & GROW RICH with the New Age Generation and making them realize that the principles are still equally powerful and result orientated in the 21st Century 

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

In the initial stages, we had the burden of the huge payment of license fees to our parent company in USA. And simultaneously spending on marketing and campaigning about THINK & GROW RICH in India with practically no revenue model. That period was the very challenging. 

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

As we were testing waters in India, we tweaked the model of coaching and training in India to make it more relevant for our fellow Indians. We realised that the we have the best content in the world compared to the stuff which was being coached in the market by the competition. 

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

We know that we have the best product in the world. Our immediate plan is to engage the so called Innovators and Early Adopters to powerful impact and transform their lives following THINK & GROW RICH principles. Our plan for next five years is to Coach & Train atleast 10 Crore Indians with the world’s best philosophy of personal achievement. 

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

Only one advice: Follow the Principles of THINK & GROW RICH – Rest all will be taken care of.


Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sid-shah-5a0bbb134/

Q9. Facebook profile URL link

https://www.facebook.com/sidharth.shah.1232


Q10. Twitter profile URL link
https://twitter.com/sidshah27


Q11. Personal blog URL link
http://www.SidShah.co.in

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link

www.thinkngrowrichacademy.com

Monday, August 21, 2017

Amruta Deshpande Bhatia - CEO of 'Yogamruta' and 'Zip Zap Zing'

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


After my graduation in B.com Banking & Insurance, I felt that I did not want to be bound to a desk job. As a child, I have been always active physically and interested in athletics, swimming and dancing. I was an avid reader of Osho's books and could connect to his concept of witnessing. I always felt an inherent need to find my inner purpose and learn something practical for my mental and spiritual growth. I have always loved movement and hence I pursued dance and yoga.

I am a self driven strong woman, who is here to make a mark and difference by spreading the message of Yoga to everyone and be a pioneer in moulding the wellness industry in India. With this in mind, I have started my Companies 'Yogamruta' and 'Zip Zap Zing'.

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

Our motto is 'Everything is Yoga'. We are here to impart life skills and mould a person's approach to life. Wellness and Yoga being an infinite domain has endless offerings, possibilities and dimensions.

We are always experimenting, our approach is dynamic, unstructured and imperfect, exactly how life is supposed to be. And with acceptance of imperfection in mind, we are not here to propagate any particular product or service.

 If you are a passionate person with right skills and attitude, You are welcome to join our team.

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

I have never faced any challenges or obstacles. I have been accepting of my journey and believe in going with the flow. I am confident that we shall never have any challenges only lessons learnt

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

Just be your true genuine self, then there are no difficulties. Discover yourself and feel the infinite energy you have within you. Rest all follows. Nobody and no one can stop you. 

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

Wellness and Health Industry is unorganised in India. You have to find your mojo and learn everything by hit and trial method. It's all about experimenting continuously.  Learn from life and opportunities,  than enrolling for courses and putting money in education. Presently our education system needs to step up to the potential we have. They cannot streamline our careers. WE CAN.


Just give, give and give. YOGA teaches us to be balanced, between everything. I feel it is essential to stay balanced between selfish and selflessness. To build a future , focus on the present moment. We have plans to go global in next few years.


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

I am a start up and new entrepreneur. Trust yourself. That is all that is required. See fear in its eyes and jump into your business. You will swim. Be creative and think out of the box. All great people who made a difference in any society were super positive and creative in their own way. Distance yourself from distractions. Be positive and stay motivated.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bharat Jethani - Master Franchisee ASENTIV Central India

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


Well to be honest my career started with helping clients upscale their business in terms of moving to information technology so they save lot of paperwork and productivity goes high. In my career we never got the guidance on how we can upscale the business and thats where i found out my "Why" to be in this business to help entrepreneurs work less and enjoy more in their life.We believe if there is a education to impact a entrepreneur ; share it and let them take their business from good to great.

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

We are part of world's only one relationship based referral marketing organisation in the space of COACHING & CONSULTING called ASENTIV which was formerly called as REFERRAL INSTITUTE founded by Dr. IVAN MISNER ; Mike Macedonia ; Eddie Esposito and Dawn Lyons. Asentiv is present in 19 countries worldwide and our community is growing bigger every year.

We are the master franchisee of ASENTIV in Cental India and we believe in spreading this education through Licensees and Franchisees.We believe in creating REFERRALS for life which simplifies your work and creates Amazing business & spectacular life.

Certified Networker 3 ; Room full of Referrals  ; Networking Tools ; Steps to Referral Success and ECC ( Emotionally charged connection )which is the strength of ASENTIV education to Entrepreneurs. 

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

Being new in the Coaching we had a challenge in understanding the dynamics of indian businesses and the way coaching happens in this industry. we did the change in understanding our participants ; coaching is just not a classroom instructions but getting things implemented in a right way so they can find results

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

Well the difficulties in my previous venture prompted me to do something for the entrepreneurs and now i feel confident to go through the discovery period. 

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

The discovery period was to let participants in the workshop enjoy a financial free stress so we let them do workshops with 100% moneyback guarantee and we were happy to see no one asked for a refund.

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

Our vision for the next five years is to have like minded entrepreneurs bring in a community of solid network with successful businesses helping each other and growing each other . 10000 entrepreneurs ; 300 licensees and 30 franchisees spread out in six states in central india impacting the growth of entrepreneurs and generating employment which will result in amazing businesses and spectacular life.Also Indian entrepreneurs connected with international entrepreneurs community .We believe in growing our organisation with people who believe in us.

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

Get involved 100% with commitment and PASSION which will lead to profitability not in terms of money but relationships for longer time.
     
Q8. LinkedIn profile URL linkhttps://in.linkedin.com/in/bharat-jethani-95804a1

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

Q10 Twitter profile URL linkhttps://twitter.com/jethanibharat

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Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link :http://centralindia.asentiv.com

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Amit Patel - Founder & CEO of Wefly Indoor Skydiving LLP

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

While traveling to Dubai on a business tour in 2013. One of my business colleagues had taken me to an Indoor skydiving facility in Mirdif City Centre Mall, where I took my 1st flight with I-fly Dubai. It was an out of this world experience with my adrenaline being pushed out of the roof. “It’s like jumping off an airplane at 15000 feet with no parachute in a 100% safe & secure environment”

Once back in India, I tried to find out more about Skydiving, however, realized that due to couple of mishaps, Govt. of India had banned skydiving completely till date.

This ban on skydiving in India came as an opportunity knocking and thus generated the idea of importing indoor skydiving in India and since late 2014, Mr. Patel took the initiative of sourcing equipment, suppliers, machinery, legalities and other aspects related to introducing Aero sports in India.

Also during our research, we understood that USA had 55 odd installations, UK had 34, Singapore had 1, Pakistan had 1, India had 0. This really pushed us off the chair and turned our passion into Nation's pride. 






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

Welfy initially started with Indoor skydiving activity in the early years, however our team realized that there were a lot of adventure sports activity that were running successfully globally, but yet to arrive on Indian soil. So currently Wefly is managing over 50 odd adventure sports activity on turn key basis. Indoor car racing, Drone racing, Fly board, Virtual Zoo are some of the ideas we currently provide, 

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

One of the biggest challenges that we faced in early days was putting across the concept to Individuals, Investors, HNI's and others. Finance was hard to get and so was the support staff since the entire activity was new to Indian market and there was no reference that could be taken from similar businesses. 

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


As the concept was new, it was difficult to get professional staff for our venue. So our partners would get their hands dirty to ensure that we learn everything from grass root level. Tie up with international equipment suppliers, importing of equipment and technology, manufacturing of the machine in India and operations were some of the hurdles that we have crossed with a " never die " attitude. 

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


After the discovery period, we had to put all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle in place which included designing, manufacturing and operating the business. We had to train each and every person in our staff as per international standards to ensure we provide seamless customer experience. 

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


We are looking to expand to multiple cities PAN India in terms of recreational and tourism based indoor skydiving. 

Wefly is also actively looking to train professional skydivers in India to compete in Global competition and represent India as various skydiving related activities.

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


Well the first advice would be, if you are weak hearted person, business is not for you. You need to be hardcore in following your dreams and to believe in yourself. A lot of negative feedbacks will come but you need to keep moving ahead. Rather I'm of the belief that If you don;t have challenges in business, you probably making a BIG mistake. Challenges will push you beyond your limit to learn and implement your skiills. 

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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/

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