Tuesday, September 12, 2017

About Entrepreneurship

When I was a kid, I never dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. Perhaps I didn’t even know what an entrepreneur is because no one in the big family was one. I once wanted to become a gymnast, a ballerina, then an economist, a doctor, and eventually wanted to become a graphic designer. But none of that happened. I ended up becoming a Quantitative Market Researcher, analyzing statistics. Whaaaat? :D

Long story short, in between my studies and work at that time, I would spend a whole lot of time blogging. Blog was my medium of expression where I share about life, art, fashion, things I love. Blogging made me have new friends outside my study and work environment, and that’s when I started becoming friends with entrepreneurs. I would hang out with them after office, follow them to their home office on the weekends, listen to their stories, and boy was I really inspired by them. That’s when I realized when I wanted to become one as well. I too, wanted to be an entrepreneur just like them. I fell in love with the idea of being your own boss and creating something from nothing. I wanted to create my own brand. And today, I run two fashion brands, Up and Schmiley Mo. Alhamdulillah! :)


Ever since I became an entrepreneur, I never looked back. I think it was one of the best decisions in my life. Just to make it fair though, I did love my previous jobs, I enjoyed the corporate world, but I guess, running my own business is just more of my thing. I feel more liberated, I feel more creative, I feel some sort of crazy energy whenever I launch something awesome, and I feel proud because everything is from my own hands. I love being an entrepreneur because I get to decide what I want to do, how I want to do, and how I can bring an impact to the society.

But of course it’s not all smooth sailing. The journey is extremely tough full of ups and downs and new competition coming in your way every single day. From a production side, I had to deal with having all my workers quit leaving me with no one but myself scouting for new workers from city to city. I was betrayed by a supplier that suddenly just decided to stop producing for me because of some unclear reasons making the supply chain disrupted. I’ve had competitors tweeting fake testimonials about how bad my products were. Today, everyone owns a brand, making the market so saturated that it’s really hard to keep yourself on top of others, hence the need to keep innovating. And the list goes on. Sigh. Being an entrepreneur requires us to be extremely strong, focused, and willing to get back up again and again because we will fall so many times.

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but if you think it’s your thing, go for it! Don’t be scared of even trying because as long as you plan things right and work hard enough, your business will work out just fine. My simple tips for starting a business:
  1. Run a business that connects to you personally. Don’t start something merely because it’s trending. When you sincerely love what you’re working on, you will have more energy and not quit so easily when things get tough. 
  2. Start small, grow steadily, don’t be overly ambitious. Those who rise faster (usually) fall faster. Be patient in taking little steps that will make you last in the longer run.
  3. Always be hungry for new knowledge. Never think you’ve known everything. Equip yourself with new information, new tools, new methods and new ways of thinking every day.
  4. Be current. If today’s world requires businesses to be extremely active on social media, then please do! If technology is no longer separable, then integrate your business with new technology that is relevant to you and your customers.
I may be talking so much now, but I am definitely no pro. I’ve only been in the industry for 6 years and I still got A LOT to learn. If you’re keen on learning more about entrepreneurship, you might wanna attend the Indonesia Knowledge Forum (IKF) 2017 event because there will be a lot of sharing sessions that is definitely gonna be very useful and valuable for you and your business. Some inspiring figures that will be speaking in the event are Faisal Basri, Ashraf Sinclair (Ventura Partner), Hans Prawira (CEO PT SumberAlfariaTrijaya), Adrian Gunadi (Co-Founder & Chairman (CEO) Investree) and many others. You can get an early bird ticket to this event starting from 1 – 31 August 2017 from the website www.bcalearningservice.com for Rp.3.500.000 only.

http://bit.ly/IKF2017

Fellow entrepreneurs, I wish you the best always! Stay hungy, stay foolish! :)

2 comments:

NMBLUESKY said...

thanks for the advices. love your blog!

Sound on mike said...

Looks a very new to me...enterpreneur...may i know a little bit about this kind a job?
What is enterpreneur?
How to start to became an enterpreneur?
Sory to ask you to much...i think this was an interesting new profesional workshop i guest😊

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