Entrepreneur: The word itself is not unfamiliar to me. In fact, my knowledge of French even tells me that the word comes from ‘Entre’ (swim out) and ‘Prendre’ (to take), two Latin words, which when combined, give you the meaning, ‘To swim out and take a risk.’
Now this is terrible advice for those who are either beginners in swimming or the ones who don’t take risks at all. And let’s face it, a business isn’t easy. It requires a firm idea, a fixed resolve, grit and endurance to see it through and possibly the biggest lesson of all: the immense chasm of failure that inevitably awaits.
And I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined that I would be standing at this stage of my life, on the verge of 40, contemplating a business idea. And yet, here we are.
How did it begin, you ask? In the strangest of ways, actually.
A conversation with a few friends over the last couple of months planted the seed of an idea. Do you recall that I launched my newsletter in November? Now that was something I wasn’t even sure would take off, but it’s got great reviews.
As a part of my newsletter, one thing I always try and include is a set of either blog-related or social media tips. While my readers liked my blog posts, they absolutely loved the tips! So they began to write back in, either over messages or e-mail, asking if I could elaborate further or break things down in more detail.
Let’s face it. There are only 24 hours in a day. And I am no superwoman (a term which I feel is unnecessarily applied to women who do it all). So, when I turned to these friends, asking them for suggestions, almost everyone mentioned that it was time I took this seriously, since I enjoyed it and was apparently good at it.
There comes a moment in your life when you feel compelled to do something bigger than yourself. A moment when you are urged to set foot outside your comfort zone, especially when you aren’t sure if there’s a firm road or if you’d be treading water.
On this International Women’s Day, it is with some amount of pride and an equal amount of trepidation, that I announce my leap of faith and my foray into entrepreneurship.
After a decade of blogging and over 5 years of consistent writing, learning and growing, I’ve chosen to launch my blog and social media consulting service!
I must confess that I wouldn’t have had the courage to do this if it hadn’t been for the incredible sea of support I have in the shape of my friends and my blogging community. It doesn’t do justice to them and I am pretty sure I’d be missing out on many people, but I have to mention a few women (and men) who encouraged me to try this out.
Aparna George, my oldest and dearest friend in my blogging world and one who has become more than a friend in the last few years. I run every single idea by her, every single day and it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done.
Shantala Nayak, a woman I love and admire for her unwavering support of my writing and my blogging ideas.
Soumya Prasad, a woman so inspiring and so wonderful that mere words won’t do justice to her. Her deep and abiding faith in my potential as a blogger is something I will never forget.
Priyanka Victor, also known by her blog, Cookie Crumbs, is another person whom you should meet to know the kind of awesomeness she exudes. She doesn’t mince words, whether it’s praise or criticism and I love her fiercely for it.
Priyanka and Sunena, the founders of BuzzingBubs.com, my workplace for the last 3 years, have been my role models when it came to understanding how a business works and more importantly, what it takes to keep going in the face of insurmountable odds.
And now three men who inspire me through their work and their support, not just today, but through the year.
My husband, whose own foray into entrepreneurship last year, instilled confidence in my abilities as a blogger and my potential as a consultant.
Sid Balachandran, whose quiet, behind-the-scenes motivation is something every entrepreneur needs.
Rajendra Zore, whose commitment to customers and whose incredible work ethic is something every entrepreneur can learn from.
I have no idea how this is going to turn out and at this point, I am praying that more than just returns or clients, I learn the most valuable lesson that this journey can take me on: Experience. With it, I hope I can shape my outlook towards risk with a strong dose of faith, love and readiness to fall and rise again.
Wish me luck!
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