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Monday, August 18, 2014

Charu Dadlaney - Your Image Consulting Partner

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

I have total work experience of 13+ years with MNCs. In 2012, I quit my last job with a rough idea to do something on my own. I wanted to leave my comfort zone and venture into unknown space and that’s when I decided to follow my heart and start my business. It was a natural progression towards my interest in grooming and soft skills and therefore equipped myself with a professional degree of Image Consulting Partner.

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

It’s a dream career option for people with similar interest as me; I provide professional services to individuals, corporate and companies on the Elements of Image Management: Clothing, Grooming, Etiquette (includes Dining Etiquette) and Communication (includes Body Language).

The services are specific to individual or company’s need. The services are tailor made post conducting Client Need Analysis (CNA)* or Training Need Analysis (TNA)*, specific to clients requirements.

Also, method in training's is evolving, with clients interested to use experiential method apart from the conventional presentation method. So I shall very soon be equipped to “Use Drama in Learning” method for my clients.

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

Every start up demands patience and positive outlook towards things or situations. I truly believe there are no odds or challenges there are only situations which need custom made response or handling, every situation is different. It is also requires right attitude and most important of all, learning should never stop.

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

As I mentioned above there are just situations that differ from time to time.

There is a time sometimes that acceptance of Image related trainings differs with clients, thereby prolonging the coming of business. But it surely comes.

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

The experience is very gratifying, meeting people from varied background and experimenting with creating variety of modules per the clients need leads to new ideas and makes it compulsory to learn and evolve further.

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

Future plans involves expanding the horizon acquiring new skills and venture working across geographies of the world.

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

“Work hard and smart”, don’t stop learning and most important reinvent your passion.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link 

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

Q10 Twitter profile URL link

Q11. Personal blog URL link

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Riddhi Doshi - Patel - Founder of The Mocktail Gazebo

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

Being a huge fan of mocktails I was uncomfortable with the harmful syrups and chemical based mocktails available in the market. I never liked the taste of preservatives which overpowered the fabulous and rich flavours of the fruits in these mocktails, not to mention the food colours which aren’t natural. My husband also never approved of giving these juices to my son Dhwan whenever we went out for dinners. That’s when I realised that there would be many more parents like us who would have the same concern. And so I decided to start The Mocktail Gazebo for manufacturing healthy mocktails. I learnt the art of making mocktails from a chef of a very well-known chain of hotels. Initially I started supplying free to family and friends to get their comments and spread awareness. That’s how it all began.

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

 I launched The Mocktail Gazebo in June 2011. The Mocktail Gazebo creates syrup-based and fresh fruit mocktails. Our USP is chemical–free preservative, created in my kitchen which I supply to parties, marriages and other events.
I mostly sell online through my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/themocktailgazebo. I also sell through exhibitions and take orders on the phone. Recently I have tied up with two caterers. My vision is to have a pan-India presence and hope to have Gazebos all across India serving my natural and healthy mocktails to people everywhere.

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

Building trust and faith in people who have been using off-the-shelf preservative based mocktails for so long. People try to compare us to some brands available in the market and want to understand why the cost differential exists. It takes a lot of patience and careful perseverance for me to keep going and continue making these mocktails which are a healthier version of that available in the market and hence the pricing. Those who favour all natural products have received and appreciated my efforts in my contribution to making people’s lives healthy. Once they tasted my mocktails they noticed the difference and started believing me. Eventually I started using the punch line often heard ‘Pehle Eistmaal Kare Baad mei vishwaas kare’.

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

2011 to 2013 was a set up phase for The Mocktail Gazebo. But we made the maximum of that period by making a foothold of the market.

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

2013 got a new ray of hope for The Mocktail Gazebo. I initiated online selling plus ventured into exhibitions to brand the Company.

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

Planning to launch Gazebos from The Mocktail Gazebo across India where people can enjoy live mocktails.

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

Have faith in yourself. Do the market survey properly and start your venture. Trust in yourself and the whole universe is there to support you.

Q9. Facebook profile URL link http://www.facebook.com/themocktailgazebo

Q10. Twitter profile URL link


Q11. Personal blog URL link


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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ruchi Mohunta - CEO - NUTSHELL KIDS – The Walnut Club Chennai, India

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

With my Honours in History and a First Class Degree in Education from Calcutta University, I was sure headed towards teaching as my profession. As a result of which I have been teaching in two of the premier Schools in Chennai. With nearly a decade in the education field I came to realise, while our schools do make our children good with facts, what we fail to create in them are Thinking and Creative Individuals.

Hence I have started my own Activity Centre which we call The Walnut Club as all activities here are designed to help children think.

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

Nutshell Kids- The Walnut Club offers a range of courses for kids between the age of 4-14.

Since I am a Licensed Instructor in Mind Mapping or in other words a Think Buzan Licensed Instructor (TLI)- helping kids to Think and Mind Map their lessons is the most popular of the Courses.

We also offer courses in Speed Reading and Memory.

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

It is difficult to convince parents that what we need to teach our kids is being independent in their thinking. Most parents look for tuitions for their children while we believe that having learnt the skills to study on their own, they would not need any tuitions. So the challenge has been to break the mindset of the parents.

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

There has been no difficulty phase as such. Thanks to the challenges thrown at us we are able to use creative methods to help children and adults understand the uses of being trained in Mind Mapping. It has been a learning experience for us as well.

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

This period is still going on or in other words – the discovery to newer methods continues.

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

Our vision for the next five years is to open as many Walnut Clubs as possible. To have more Open Workshops in Mind Mapping and other brain friendly techniques in learning as well as enhancing creativity.

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

Every plan you make must be on paper. For every fear you have you also have an opportunity. Its important to take action rather than constant planning. Believe in your ability to handle all situations.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link- http://in.linkedin.com/pub/ruchi-mohunta/
Q9. Facebook profile URL link-  https://www.facebook.com/ruchi.mohunta
Q10. Twitter profile URL link- https://twitter.com/rucheem26
Q11. Personal Blog URL link
Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link- http://www.nutshellkids.com/

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sonal Patel - Behavioral Trainer from India

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

I started 360degree consultancy in 2012 at Nashik with a vision to enhance Employability in the city.

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

We at 360degree consultancy expertise in Life skills (soft skills) training integration through experiential learning, adult learning offering customized solutions based on guided discovery learning. We aspire to fill the gap between unskilled to skilled manpower and help them enhance effectiveness and efficiency creating Work life balance.

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

Finances are key concern in a business where being in Nashik you are expected  to know local people and work from your own office which gives a confidence.

It is ideal to sell a product which is in need, so my journey became more tougher as we sell conceptual product which brings life transformations and where we have to create a need and make people aware about the need for skill development. Senior professionals and reputed institutes would invite you to do a session for FREE stating that you would get exposure and platform with leads which never gets converted into admission.

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

It was last year until December when it was challenges to meet ends and pay house rents, just hand to mouth. Which makes you feel we should quit and then I had a critic and a well wisher both you gave me enough motivation to push it to another level and here I am.

The only recipe is to keep moving ahead, never give up on your aspirations and remember when you work hard people appreciates your work. So when I go to the college I see my students pouring out with a Cibaca smile and spark in their eyes with a hope of making a difference.

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

It is the most precious journey where you read people, trust everyone, have expectations, hope and loads of dependency. When you allow people to read you that’s where you drop your confidence, however we can’t even present that we are happy and content when you are not.

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

My vision is to expand 360degree in interiors of India so students get a platform to learn and explore themselves. I aspire to become an International life coach which heals people and gives them the power for self love and acceptance.

We are in a process to expand in Eastern countries offering skill based learnings.

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

To do a business you do not necessarily need finance however you need your share of plans, strategies, critics, well wishers and tremendous patience.

I listen to this song “Friends” title song... when life has brought you down your knees...

I define it – “When we have nothing to loose we have everything to gain”

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link http://in.linkedin.com/in/sonalpatel360/

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

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

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

Q12. Company website & Company blog URL link http://www.360degree.co.in

Monday, July 14, 2014

Navin Sadarangani - NYUZ

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

After being tuned to the different facets of the jewellery industry and a part of 3 start-up companies in manufacturing, retail and wholesale, I went independent with NYUZ as a Jewellery Retail Service Provider in the Jan of 2005.

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

NYUZ (pronounced news) is a pioneering business enterprise in the area of Jewellery Retail Services formed with a vision “To become the Preferred Jewellery Retail Service Provider”

What we do are the 4C’s of Services where we Coach, Consult, also indulge in Creative Services and Concepts n Creations in the jewellery retail sector.

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

As a start-up with little knowledge of running a business independently, the challenge was to keep self and small team motivated in a cause where there was little precedent. So to stick to the vision, inspite of temptation to do a lot of other things, at the cost of economic benefits was a challenge, and small pitfalls with no one to share direct burden, was another drawback which sometimes stifled you within.

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

Since the entire idea of Jewellery Retail Services didn’t exist, and the targeted audience was largely the conservative thinking family jeweller, the essence of the business itself was questionable.

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

With the country's leading brand and one of the most progressive family jewellers in your kitty, the courage to showcase your abilities gets enhanced and soon all the other leading names opted for doing business with NYUZ.

It was during this phase that NYUZ was being called upon for things other than just Coaching, and this was the breakthrough that allowed for alternative streams of revenue, while sticking to the vision.

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

NYUZ has evolved fairly well in the area of Coaching and Consultancy. We have also delved a bit in the Creative Retail Services which is an area where I see large opportunity in the coming couple of years, in lieu of the contacts that we have developed in Media, Films and our client base.

This year, I also want to get some level of serious work going in the area of Concepts n Creations. Hence the vision remains unchanged, but the scope of activities gets enhanced, in line with our mission.

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

Firstly, make up your mind, what it is that you are ready to lose, and for how long. Next, sit by yourself, if you're clear of the scope of work and your potential, and work on your Vision, Mission and Values Next, if you have a Mentor, share with him your plans, and use the help. Keep getting back to the Mentor every six months to review progress.

And then... there's no falling back or failing. Its just a matter of time till you taste success. People don’t fail, they just stop short before the time has come to peak.

Q8. LinkedIn profile URL link : http://in.linkedin.com/pub/navin-sadarangani/5/b2b/372

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

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

Q11. Personal blog URL link : 

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