Startups teach an entrepreneur a lot of important life lessons and trust me I’m no exception to that rule. So here’s a short memoir of an entrepreneur, which hopefully will help you in your ventures.
Back in April 2009, I partnered with my brother to co-found our first startup Bevy Solutions; a technology business that was to provide technology solutions to businesses for their automation and productiveness. It’s very pleasing to know that we’ve come along way since the inception. These past 6 odd years have been fun, tense, productive, hectic, and exhilarating all at the same time.
It was a time of new beginnings, new areas to test, to know how far and wide I can extend my skills, and to just grow within the most exciting field called Information Technology. That’s what startups provide you, a whole new playing area in which you are the coach, the trainer, and the player. Your very own sandbox.
I started Bevy Solutions from a store-cum-office in my house. Painted the wall the corporate orange. Bought a printer, fax-cum-phone, computer table, laptop, some stationary, and then just started work. At that time I was employed at a very good national Bank. It was kind of a tough decision to let that job go and venture off into the unknown field of startups.
Some people said, “You shouldn’t let go of a steady income”, “There’s an economy crunch”, “Don’t take that big a risk of starting your own business during global turmoil”, “Doing your own business is extremely tough”, and etc and etc.
Yes, most were very negative suggestions but they just instilled more of a will in me to see why doing what you love to do can give you negative results. Spoiler Alert: It does not, so never be disheartened with such negative opinions.
Friends and family are a blessing to have in your startup years. They will be your most supportive audience and also the most critical. Mine have also been amazing to say the least. Most of the design work have been vetted through their eyes, and the success of the designs can easily be credited to their in-depth analysis (a better word for criticism 🙂 ).
The restless hours
You will hear a lot of renowned entrepreneurs tell you that forget rest, forget holidays, forget a 9 to 5 hour shift; your startup will demand long and restless hours of sweat and perseverance. I vouch for it as well and wow have the years been demanding, but trust me at the end it pays off for sure.
If you love what you’re doing, you will never be exhausted.
What the future holds
Everything and anything. An entrepreneur’s world is boundless and anything is possible. Let’s see what my entrepreneurship future holds for me.