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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pradnesh N. Vaidya - Director Aakaarmiti interior designs

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

Since childhood, I had an inclination towards creativity and art. As I grew up I was attracted towards the architectural marvels and more towards the interiors of the palaces, hotels, airports and such places I visited.

At home, I would try to rearrange furniture, change curtains, etc to change the look for every occasion. 

So after I cleared my 12th, I joined the L S Raheja School of Architecture. Even while in college, I would suggest and draw designs for renovation done at my friends and family residences and offices. I am glad that I got the opportunity to work with renowned architects and got great hands on experience. A few years later taking inspiration from my seniors I decided to start my own venture in 2008. With small, humble beginnings we have grown over the years with experience, turnover and happy clientele.

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

Every home is unique and loved by those residing in it. We specialize in creating interiors of home in a way that reflect the persona of the people living in the house and at the same time incorporate the latest trends and designs. For commercial spaces we take into account the purpose, usability and ease of movement, along with creating a motivational atmosphere with correct choice of colors, furniture and lights. Our labors are backed with years of experience and quality is something we don’t compromise on. We buy the best product range available in the budget given by the clients.

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

Initially the challenge was to get work as people asked for experience. I can accept their concern as to trust their home and money with some newbie is not easy. So initially I took up designing or consulting assignments. Hard work and persistence paid off and gradually people started developing trust and believed that I can handle the entire turnkey project.

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

As time passed I was getting work, but there was no continues flow as my circle was limited to my friends and family and only source of advertisement was word of mouth. After completion of one project I had to wait for another enquiry or keep on asking in my circle, if anyone is planning on interior designing. I realized, I can’t solely rely on the acquaintances and must reach more people, make them aware of my work. I started increasing my social circle, joined a couple of business networking forums, in short tried to reach more people.

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

Subsequent to my realization that I have to reach more people, I had joined various business networking forums. However, in a short period I comprehended that more than just connecting to people, it’s important to connect to the right kind of people, in a right way. I realized that I lack the marketing, presenting, interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills required to take my work at the level of entrepreneurship. I had to learn and mold myself in a way to become more resourceful and professional. I took up some training sessions for this and constantly kept myself updated about the interior designing trends and latest happenings. Learning is a never ending process and one should always be keen to learn new things.

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

I feel assured about the future and its progress. Now there is decent flow of work and happy clientele who always refer me. In future, I am planning to expand my work, by working in collaboration. This would enable me to discover new horizons. In next five years I am planning to expand in the commercial segment, taking up designing for a chain of franchise or corporate offices. My special interest is in restaurant industry.

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

I would firstly congratulate them for beginning their entrepreneurial journey. I would advise them to follow their passion and the same time be practical. Keep learning and keep themselves updated with the market and their field. And lastly follow 3 Ds- discipline, dedication, determination, you will surely reach heights.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link : https://www.linkedin.com/in/pradnesh-vaidya- 359858142/

Q9. Facebook profile URL link : https://www.facebook.com/www.aakaarmiti.co.in/

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Melissa Patheria - CEO Kidzappy

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

I started Kidzappy & Ambition in December 2012.  I use to baby sit kids in the UK during my university days. Upon graduation, I embarked on a Digital Marketing Career reaching a National Level Role at a big media house, however, this was not enough, there was something missing and thus I went on a sabbatical and quit my job in June 2012.

A couple of weeks after quitting, I heard a conversation between my sister-in-law and my niece, who is now 8 but at that time  she was just 3 years old. The conversation was about my sister in law having an appointment for getting her a manicure-pedicure done at the salon and my niece was insisting to tag along with her and get her nails painted. My sister in law was not to excited about this and was concerned about what my niece will do there. She kept saying to her "What will you do there, it will be boring and then I will have to attend to you or leave my work half done and get you back home"

This conversation inspired me to start a salon for kids, where the aim was to have them have fun and not get bored. They can get their services done themselves, or just play with toys & more, while the parents are getting their services done.  

So I guess it was my niece who inspired me :)

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

  • The salon has 3 business verticals, catering to toddlers , adults including excellent handling of older clients as the staff is use to handling kids with care and lastly we undertake SPA Party requirements also.

  • The in salon service range from haircuts, treatments, facials, Manicure-Pedicure, Waxing & More ( Please see our website or Facebook page for our full listing) 

  • As mentioned earlier our SPA Parties vertical is mainly for the kids age groups of 5 - 14 years.  Besides SPA Parties, we can offer activities and decor for other themed parties as well 

  • For Adults we are your occasions partner , and we offer Hair & Make Up services, plus just like birthday parties with our vast range of tie-up we can even take up the entire Wedding Planning

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

Our biggest challenge which is an ongoing challenge is that we are located in the heart of Lokhandwala, and this it is the hub of salons and clients are spoilt for choice !! :).  And therefore this often leads to comparison in price usually especially in regards to services for the adults. 

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

While we have been highly established in the kids segment, and currently crossing from growth to maturity.  There is still room for growth in the adult vertical and working on this with due diligence

But we soon realised that parents are looking for a hygenic place for their kids and when they find somewhere kids are comfortable, it automatically leads to them being comfortable with the place and many attempt to start their own services.

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

We have started many services, such as Nail Extension as we discovered that we have to be competitive and innovative, while providing services that cater to both the kids and adults

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

In the next 5 years, we aim to have at least 2-3 branches in Mumbai.

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

My biggest advice to new entrepreneurs is that though we compare the current scenarios with what many have studied, like wait for 1000 days and then shut shop if you have not achieved your goals and acquired profit, that while that is true, its not always the case.

Sustaining a business starts with having the faith, that if you stick around, you will do wonders. So putting an effort each day, is extremely important and never give up on your business idea. Focus on making it a success down the line.


Q9. Facebook profile URL link - www.facebook.com/kidzappy

Q10 Twitter profile URL link - www.twitter.com/kidzappysalon 

Q11. Personal blog URL link 

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link - www.kidzappy.com

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Namrata Vohra - CEO of ANANYA INSURANCE AND INVESTMENT

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

Last 14 years with life insurance have been a great journey, right after I gave my HSC exams & did my graduation, my uncle inspired me to join Insurance Industry. He has worked in for almost 30 years as insurance advisor, I joint the team of thousands of Insurance Professional and myself and my husband have built a company Ananya Insurance and Investment where we provide solutions to many people for their security and growth. Each day with growing numbers we are growing.
By helping people become secure and financially strong. We are soaring higher and higher.

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

Our goal is to provide the right service to the customers helping them to get maximum benefit to their investment and policies we provide financial services related to life insurance, general insurance, mediclaim insurance, travel insurance & mutual funds investments.

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

In the initial year I found it difficult to explain the value of insurance and how important it is to save money.

Due to current competition it is a challenge to find new clients. However we have developed a good clientle base now with great service and offering through right product.

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

I believe the discovery period is the most important period for career, during this period I came up with new ideas, learnt to carry a big smile and network with many people which gave me great opportunities. At the young age of 20  years I had just lost my mother and started my life and career.



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


Experiment period had started by meeting new women Entrepreneurs getting new ideas for promoting the common business in a unique way showing my service capability. Giving them information and new ideas to grow money in safe places.

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

I have big plans for my future, in the next five years I shall be the MDRT club member and qualify for corporate club as well.  

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


For new upcoming Entrepreneurs I would suggest that they should work hard and keep going as you never know which moment could change your life.We have created our brand ANANYA INSURANCE AND  INVESTMENT is special and has grown with patience and being on the field.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link

Q9. Facebook profile URL link

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link


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