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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jatin Bharmani - Founder of Manpower Consultancy Opteemize

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

After working for 10 years with Corporates, I realized, enough has been learnt, in terms of functioning of Corporate and start on my own in a small way. I guess it was also innate to start business, as my father too owns and runs a shop since 60s and is still running. Also, which employee, on earth, would not want freedom - to spend their day at own wish, from unnecessary brickbats from reporting seniors and the list goes on. The same applies to me as a human being.

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

I run a Manpower Consultancy firm since 2010 by the name of Opteemize catering only to
MVAS / Digital / IT companies, across levels and functions pan India.

Recently, I have also started with Brain Mapping, which is scientifically researched &
proven, over years, and has been affiliated by American Psychological Association. It helps an individual to know about his Personality profile, innate strengths and weaknesses, left or right brain dominance and suitable career options. By capturing tips of the fingerprints in a biometric machine it helps to identify the ability of brain lobes and innate potentials of an individual. Age is not a limiting factor and can be done even of a one month old baby. It’s a 30 page exhaustive report and an individual is counselled for 45 mins. by a trained counselor.

It is amazing to know self or your child in such a simple and easy manner.

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

The basic challenge, which is true for major start ups, is finance (among various other challenges) and I was too not immune to it. I always say, ‘that employees get their salary on 1st and employers have to pay the salaries on 1st’. It is the only factor which stops any employee to start on his own. What would happen in terms of profits or losses later is the next stage, but even to simply start on our own remains a dream, as any employee is caught in the vicious cycle of salaries on 1st and repaying EMIs.

When I started I was lucky enough to get business relatively easily, due to my network and healthy relationships with people in the Corporate world. A friend of mine, Barin Mukherjee, once explained me that one who has failed in business is the one who has stopped doing business. Keeping this in mind though I came across struggles I kept myself motivated and kept my business up and running which helped me sail through.

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

It has been surveyed that 90% of the businesses shut down in its first year of operations. As an entrepreneur, you are required to wear multiple hats to face and solve difficulties head on.

Sluggish times taught me to keep patience, increased my convincing abilities and forced me to think beyond to bring down operational expenses and increase revenues at minimal operational overheads, with minimum and right set of team members.  

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

With right team in place, I now delegate and manage work in a macro manner and do not get in to day to day operational activities. I now follow work from home policy for my team which has helped me bring down operational overheads to minimal. I give them freedom to perform and they are doing wonders! In the quest to do something more, and break from routine, I wrote a pocketbook titled “humanshastrra” which has been published this year (2014).

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

While my current businesses would run and expand steadily, I have always had a quest to do something which I haven’t done earlier. I would get into Training people in functional HR, Psychometrics. While I cannot divulge any details here, I plan to come up with a platform for people, for their benefits, in the near future, which probably is not here in India.

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

While managing finance remains the basic foundation, it is not the only factor which would bring success. The other factors are –
  1. Learn to work in a team.
  2. Listen to your team members
  3. Be empathetic towards others
  4. There are no shortcuts to success
  5. Think twice before deciding on anything especially the extremes which would involve you, your business and others related to your business.
  6. Be true to yourself and what you undertake
  7. Never cheat anybody; it would give you only temporary relief. In the long run, you would suffer.
  8. Remain humble and grounded. (Anyways, while facing difficult times, you would acquire these qualities.....:))
  9. Stick to your goals (though it may change to a certain degree over a period of time) and do not give up. Keep patience and work towards it.
  10. Advise or help others in any ways you can, selflessly, as you would want others to help you.
  11. Celebrate your competitor’s success too whole heartedly.
  12. Compare yourself with your current and your past and not with others around.
Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jatinbharmani

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

Q10. Twitter profile URL link - https://twitter.com/jatinbharmani

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

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

Vaishnavi Pratima - Interior aesthetics consultant from Mumbai, India

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

I always believed that very house small or big should be done up aesthetically as it reflects the personality of the people living in the house. Also a well decorated house is always a delight to come back from work and retire for the day n spend time with your loved ones.

Always wanted to do something in the creative field and in 2012 I started my career as an interior aesthetics consultant.

I discovered my love for doing up houses as I have shifted more than 8 houses in a short span of time and each time I would get excited with doing up the house with new furnishings, art and artifacts.

Similarly before starting my career,my travel to different places contributed to my passion of interior aesthetics, as a day of shopping for local handicrafts n home decor was always on priority.

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

Interior makeovers………. Creating more space within the space.
• We give a complete new look to the existing home and office spaces by changing the outer look by remodelling and enhancing the existing furniture , fixtures and walls.

Home decor and furnishings........ home that reflects your personality.
• Our service home decor begins right from having exclusive name plates to furniture and furnishings.
• We assist our clients with selection of furniture and furnishings to achieve a theme based decor.

Art and artifacts.... are liking icing on the cake.
• Art and artefacts give a character to the room. We help you select and place the artefacts that suit your style and liven up your homes.

Interior designing..... Creating the illusion of more space in your home.
My team of skilled carpenters, civil contractors, electric work technicians and certified painters bring my designs and sketches to life.

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

The biggest challenge was how to reach to people n promote my work as makeovers and aesthetics was not very common and understood by people.

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

I was lucky that ,in the initial days of my profession I got a chance to be associated with BNI which is world's largest referral organisation. BNI helped me in creating a good client and strong vendor base. A new avenue of hotel enhancements too happened through BNI.

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

After a good and successful discovery period I scaled up by opening my interiors studio 10 months back in Powai and have been enjoying the experimental period with different challenges and comforts . Have been able to successfully complete full interiors of 3 residences, 1 commercial space and 2 big aesthetic enhancement residential projects this year in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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

Just having launched my own customized furniture line - Vaishnavipratima (signature collection) which is exclusively into mirrors, consoles and chest of drawers, would like to retool, explore and stretch the boundaries of my creativity through it.

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

All I can say considering that I am just three years old into entrepreneurship, the 3Ps Passion, perseverance and promptness help you achieve your goal.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link - http://in.linkedin.com/pub/vaishnavipratima-kodakalla/84/108/933

Q9. Facebook profile URL link - 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rajaani R Agarrwal - Founder and the Principal Interior Designer

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

Interestingly, I landed in Mumbai in 1984  to do Textile designing but since admissions were full, my brother got me forms of Interior Designing. Very reluctantly I gave my Aptitude test and got selected so accidentally got into Interior designing.

At that time I saw it as just a decorating course and never knew that it was much more than that. It was pure designing with tremendous scope and gradually got interested in the subject and saw it as a very creative and challenging field of opportunities.

Luckily I met few professors who encouraged and embedded in me that we should not be doing this course just for getting good marriage proposals but to pursue it seriously as a promising career. I had made up my mind and decided to never give up or look back regretfully and kept growing as life moved on..

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.
Mine is a Proprietor firm with the name Rajaani R Agarrwal’ where I am the Founder and the Principal Interior Designer and this year I have completed 25 years of my journey in this field.
This Mumbai based Firm was established in 1989. It is a professional Designing firm specializing in Commercial, Residential, Hospitality and Retail Interiors.

We get involved in the project right from the time of visualizing the concept,working on the minute details and taking care of the aesthetics and the functionality combined till the last nail is hammered home. Utilizing each inch of the space available effectively and yet making it look spacious and minimistic is our specialty.

We are also Vastu and Green Interior experts and plan and design keeping vastu basics and Green elements in mind.

With our expertise and experience we have grown over the years and now we undertake projects not only in Mumbai but also in cities like Pune, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Jodhpur, Lucknow etc. Our Team is prepared to take on any Design project with the same enthusiasm and High standards that are the hallmark of our group.

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

As a newcomer I faced lot of challenges. Clients would take advantage and not pay after taking away the designs. Being a woman and handling the Male clients and uneducated Labours was most challenging which gradually I learnt to deal with effectively, maintaining my dignity gracefully.

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

I learnt very early that I cannot allow anyone to take me for granted so had to be authoritative, very professional and transparent in my dealings and made my terms and conditions very clear before I took up any project.

Difficulties started when I got married and got a son to look after but successfully learnt to balance my Professional responsibilities along with my Family responsibilities.

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

As a Designer it was my duty to take and understand thoroughly the wish or requirement list from my clients and make proposals where all their requirements fitted in along with good aesthetic features and always I have been successful in finalising the designs in the first attempt.

I then started exploring how I could design differently from the existing trends in the market and left a personal and unusual touch in my designs which was appreciated and accepted and gave lot of satisfaction besides the Financial security.

I also took up designing small spaces with maximum utilization as a promising challenge

Giving the best with minimum budget was another challenge which I soon mastered.

Soon drawing boards changed to Computers so I had to keep changing and adapting myself with the new technologies coming in with speed.

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

I aspire to get more of  Corporate clients and get into more of Commercial and Retail Interiors than Residential.

I plan to update my website and get myself well versed with the Social Media trends which at
present is my weak point and get more exposure for my firm apart from getting projects from just word of mouth and references.

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

Short and sweet-Dedication and Discipline are the two mantras to start and sustain yourself in any field.

Enjoy and love what you are doing and never compromise with your values.

There is no easy way and short cut to success,you have to be persistant and steadily move towards your goal with 100% focus and the main challenge is to balance the Business and the Family creatively as both are equally important in life to remain unstressed and happy.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link- 

Q9. Facebook profile URL 

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Jane Sha - Serial Entrepreneur from Mumbai, India

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

To be honest, I never felt I am on my journey to build any career. From day one that I started working, only mantra for my life has been to do what I love to do. yes, there are challenges and obstacles when anyone follows heart. However over a period of time one realizes all these obstacles have been a stepping stone for the next step. One of the such stepping stone helped me choose what I want to do that I enjoy doing and brings in cash. One of the obstacle on family front was not to do job. However being entrepreneur with flexibility of time was welcome. So I had to look for option to work where I feel happy working and at the same time be free when family needs. Now when I look back , I feel this is the best thing that happened to me. Pursuing CA and doing any full time 9 to 5 job, I would have missed on son's childhood. This was the driving force in my entrepreneurship journey.I became serial entrepreneur.I started with 7 businesses. Out of those, 4 failed to take off . 3 are running successfully and growing.

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

Something I observed, all my 7 business were related to education and finance. Clearly finance and education is my passion. I run a center for children education by name of ORINS where we conduct training for children that enhances their learning power.I share about my life and my learning through medium of seminar and workshop. "The Elephant Way " is seminar where I share on learning of how to take that financial big leap in life for which you are destined. During the my life journey I learnt never to give up and learn from every experience of life.LIFE SUTRA is workshop where you can discover your energetic true self.

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

I am an introvert person and creating team has been the most challenging task.I learnt it hard way as trusting people was my second nature. However universe has been graceful to connect me with wonderful people and without them,the growth would not have possible.

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

The biggest learning in my learning phase has been to delegate and move on. Whenever I practiced this, I experienced growth at personal as well as business front. As an entrepreneur its critical to have an eye to look for the right person, train them and move on. Not everything will work out my way and even other way is perfect.

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

This approach allowed me to create more team members.

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

The most fulfilling experience for me and my team has been when we recieve email or phone call of our participants and they share their success stories or how they turned their life using our practices. Going forward, we look to reach internationally with LIFE SUTRA , The Elephant Way and other programs.I have written a book and looking forward to write more in coming years.

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

Follow what your heart says. Mind is like money which keeps jumping from thought to thought and its never stable. You heart and soul knows all answers, learn to follow your heart and intuition. In long run, it never fails.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=59367994

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

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.JaneSha.co.in

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