Tag: Entrepreneurship

6 Things to keep in mind before developing a product

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Companies having a focused approach, function better financially. To make both ends meet, I make customer satisfaction my topmost priority because it is his acceptance that will help in furnishing an outstanding product. The knack of this trade lies in the critical ability in finding out what the user really wants. Making the product user-friendly does half the work.

I keep the distance from giving a bulk of options to the client since web developing shares the drawback of shopping. As you get confused after seeing some options to choose from, so does the client. Henceforth, I make a user experience the nucleus of my interest to fulfil his expectations.

You too can strive to provide refine work by following these easy tips:-

1. Ease of use may be invisible, but its absence sure isn’t-

Someone asked me, “Why UI and UX are important?” I questioned, “Why boys follow pretty girls in college?” This exactly summarises the importance of UI and UX. Boys linger after girls who are comparatively prettier than the rest. Don’t take me wrong; I’m not a racist. I truly believe in inner beauty. But honestly, we end up judging a book by its cover. That is the first thing that drives us to pick up that book in first place and start flipping through its pages. So the visual impact created by the website is most important. How viewers get surrealistic images while easily browsing through the web pages matter. A picture can speak a thousand words while staying mum at the same time. User interface and user experience have the capability to make or break your creation. The visuals should create such an impact on the eyes of the beholder that he gets lost in its beauty and even recommend your work to others.

2. Clients may not tell you what they want, but they can always tell you what’s wrong-

Sounds like being a hypocrite, right? This confusion arises solely due to lack of communication. When we can be so expressive in confiding with our loved ones, why can’t we clear things face-to-face with clients too? My point is that we should be verbal and professional while dealing with clients instead of giving them the leverage to question my work. Overseas clients may often be heard grumbling about dissatisfactory work done by Indians, but perhaps it has got nothing to do with labelling a particular country’s workforce inadequate. We need to make efforts to communicate mutual needs with transparency. Allocating work to the suitable person too helps to fight such ugly situations.

3. Task of a leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been-

This quote by Henry A Kissinger sheds light on work of a true leader who knows his team in and out. He can identify their qualities, expertise or flaws and then try to churn out the best from available resources by delegating work equally. I use this technique to analyse the potential and demerits of my employees and distribute work accordingly to get quality output.
If I know someone is good at developing a gaming application, I will give him a similar project instead of trying to pile him with the headache of designing a music application. This will not only spare us both from disagreements but also give him the confidence and scope of creativity to make the best use of his talent. It is important that the employee master a particular domain to deliver fine work.

4. How we spend our time defines who we are-

How often do we get chided for late work? But still, we continue to procrastinate. We often tend to ignore the fact that such practice bears direct consequences on our relations with the client. He might have expected us to complete the project in a given time limit. The moment we skip that deadline and make excuses to cover it up, we are disregarding work ethics at the cost of company image. Clients value companies who stay true to their word. So it is better to decide a finite period and clarify with the prospect. Set a minimum and maximum time frame you’ll take to deliver work and most importantly keep your word.

5. We build too many walls and not enough bridges-

I often hear clients complaining about the developer’s inefficiency while the developer complaints of clients making too many changes. Such a dead lock situation arises when the two parties do not set ground rules before proceeding. To avoid this state, I meet my clients along with the designated developer before we tread on a new path. It is then that we set a framework, discuss the most intricate details about each and every tab. This way I don’t need to be in a position where we have to make further changes after the product is ready. It is up to us either to raise walls or build bridges. We unnecessarily invite untoward situations and then indulge in blame game. Let’s not get into such a practice again, make things simpler and deliver work effectively.

6. Knowing the answers help in school while knowing how to question will help in life-

Warren Berger unleashes the power of questioning the right way. Raising an impactful team is like raising a baby. You have to nurture employees with care and affection. They should be given the liberty to ask questions otherwise their growth would be hampered. I set-up a base camp and let employees find their way through remote lanes to enable them to solve even nerve wrecking issues. When kids ask weirdest of questions, parents are bound to answer. So be a parent to your ever growing developer. Most companies do not establish a link between employees and client as they fear the developer would start taking up work directly from the client. We work contrary to this notion by engaging the two so that developer has a thorough knowledge about the client’s need. Involving developers in the association makes them feel valued and let’s not forget they are an asset to your firm.

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8 Amazing Ways to Ace a Networking Event

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Your network is your networth.

Networking events are a perfect chance to learn from eminent personalities and foster good relationship with them. They should not only be looked at as a source of generating revenue for your company. Maintaining congenial relations, making the other remember you among hundreds and standing alone from the crowd counts in the long run.
Are you done with clicking selfies with Speaker? and counting likes on Facebook.
Have you collected more than 4000 cards in events and still didn’t get a single business?

I am going to share step by step guide how we made $53,000 from One event.

Do not be hasty in accepting RSVP to the next event that props up. Make sure if it is the right thing to build your network. Your aim should be to work on potential clients. You need to indulge in value driven strategizing in order to get a favourable outcome.

Do a ground work before attending any workshop, seminar or networking event. I make a list of prospective clients who are going to attend an event. I connect with these people through social network or email and welcome them even before attending the event. This really help me to personalizing more with my prospects in the event and get more business leads.

Networking events offer end number of potentially fruitful interactions. The investment of time and money can bear significant outcome in future.

Here is an easy guide to grow your network.

1. IDENTIFYING THE RIGHT BUSINESS PROSPECT
Do not waste time in attending seminars that have no connection with your trade. Like I only accept events where i can find my favorable clients.
A good way to go about it is to use social media, relevant hashtags and tweets to understand who all are actually attending the upcoming seminar.

Accordingly send them an e-mail fixing up a meeting.
Email :- Let’s Explore India together ; Looking to have coffee
Hi John,
I welcome you in India, I am also coming to that event, I need your 10 min time to have a coffee together and expecting to know more about you, your company and your country.
If you free and want to explore india, share your travel plan, I would be happy to help.
Your Friend Mayank
This is crucial since you need to figure out the right kind of people who can help you in generating business.

2. DOING THOROUGH BACKGROUND ANALYSIS
You will always cherish the time spend in background research because it forms the foundation of your impending meet.
If there is a particular person on the guest list, you’ve meaning to engage with, do an in-depth research about him because this comes in handy at the hour of need.
Scavenge their social media profiles, keep their interests and hobbies on your finger tips and learn what intrigues them most. This includes knowing about their favourite movie, novel, actor or cuisine.
I use https://charlieapp.com/ for meeting research.

Such background knowledge provides a good fodder to kick start a conversation without being clueless about the other. This will help in laying down a common ground where you can have a two-way conversation without having to get bored. The common topic can prolong your discussion and predispose the prospective client in your favour. The idea is to keep their interest before yours.

3. ACTING AS A MEDIATOR
It is imperative that your focus is to build connections but in addition to this, try to be a mediator yourself. Look for people who require some sort of help from the speaker. You can then swoop in and introduce the two parties.

When some popular panelist is the keynote speaker, audience often wants to capture moments with them. But instead of bridging the gap between people and speaker, you start taking pictures with artist. A better way to develop friendly relations is to do exactly the opposite. Take pictures of your prospects with the speaker. This gives you a common topic of discussion to engage in future.
It is an easy way to exchange contact number. You can send them their pictures after the seminar gets over.

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This will not only put a smile on their face but also develop an inclination towards working with your firm.

4. KNOWING THE ESSENTIALS
You cannot be a know it all, but strive to familiarise few more people other than the guests. Well, sponsors can be good for starters. The theory of researching and finding out similarities applies here too. Who knows a pep talk may turn into a deal?

The correct way to freeze such a deal is to leave your mark in minimum time. Sponsors won’t have all the time in the world to have a long discussion. So, it is important to leave an everlasting impression on their minds in whatever limited time you’ve got.

5. Show Sincerity and Interest

Have a few good questions in your back pocket. Asking the other person about her background and work will show her that you’re interested in more than just your own job opportunities . The best questions are ones that can’t be answered by just “yes” or “no,” such as:

  • How do you like working for your company?
  • What’s your primary role at your company?
  • What projects are you working on right now?
  • How did you get involved in your field?

6. BEING A GOOD LISTENER
In following the mad pursuit to get assignments, you often go on talking about your own firm. This is considered a malpractice. How you make others feel is more important. Instead of blabbering about yourself, take time to appreciate their success story.

Abstain from being carried away in marketing your product. Your genuine interest in knowing their side of the story by asking relevant questions is crucial at this instance. It is always better to occupy yourself with few people leading to meaningful conversation. Always strive for quality, not quantity.

7. FOLLOWING UP
Around 70% clients procure business if you take a follow-up. This doesn’t mean you go on stalking them day and night. Take your time and make an honest approach. If they are impressed by your concept, they will surely take the deal forward.

All you need to do is make efforts and keep in touch with those whom you feel you were able to establish a purposeful bond.

8. USING THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Connect with people whom you met at the conference online and share your personal experience of having met them. You can make an acquaintance feel valued by writing a blog on what life lessons you learned from him.
People make social media sound too cliché. However, if you know how to put it to good use, your mere presence at a networking event and sincere interactions can fetch long term rewards for your company.

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Originally Published content: https://www.engineerbabu.com/blog/2017/02/8-amazing-ways-ace-networking-event/

Entrepreneurship – It’s all about Caring & Daring

Entrepreneurship – It’s all about Caring & Daring

Since my childhood, I had faith in the reasoning of being-on-time. I believed in being a perfectionist. I never missed school nor my school bus and was dependably on time. The only thing which I always depended upon was TIME. I digested the hard fact TIME IS MONEY since the day I learned the functioning of the world. I had this good habit of waking up early, then drawing out a plan for the day and getting set to work. I believed in ‘Early to bed, Early to rise keeps a person healthy and wise,’ it was more than just a kindergarten rhyme to me.  It was important for me to have a discipline to follow because I certainly knew that if I wouldn’t have then somebody else’s discipline would be the thing to follow which I would despise.

When I began working on establishing my organization, I anticipated that my colleagues would acquire a similar rationality. I needed everybody to be on time and, ideally, even before the time they were due. At first, when my group was limited to a few people, I didn’t face many issues with people not showing up on time. But slowly and gradually when the team grew the issue penetrated the working culture, and as a result, I used to get furious with those who didn’t show up on-time. It bothered me and made me feel awful to do so yet they generally conveyed a generous smile in return since they were enthusiastic, had faith in the organization and shared the same vision with which I started this company. So, we all were trying to achieve the same thing but in our own ways.

I am proud of the ethics which I inherited from my parents; they have always taught me to follow the passion but not at the cost of family time. I inculcated the same thing in my company’s work culture. I used to get enraged, yet never needed them to work after the available time since family time is equally vital and I needed them to not bargain on that. I regularly constrained them to close down their tablet and leave the workplace, regardless of the possibility that it was just around 5 minutes of additional time to finish the work.

Amid the early phases of my start-up, I was energized and energetic about everything may it be planned or increasing the staff. But, within a year of aggressive work, I was drained out completely. My passion to achieve success somewhere incepted the plant of anger deep within me, and thus my energy was supplanted by anger. Thankfully I realized it before it went out of control and decided to beat this. I changed few propensities which got colossal thus changing my life as a business visionary.

1. It’s alright if the group come a few minutes late:

When your employees are faithful to their work and you, finishes their work on time, follows the deadlines and timelines, and accepts calls or communicates with your clients even on Sundays then YES, it is totally fine, regardless of the possibility that the colleague gets late. Time is not a constraint until and unless your work is not hampered or delayed. There is no point of your employees being on time if they do not delay any procedures or work. At the point when there is a culture of obligation and responsibility to work, the elements like BEING-ON-TIME seems little.

2. A subtle smile- that’s all you need: 

There was a time when my office work begun with this question “Who was late today?” but then I realized the inappropriateness of this question. This question drove away all the morning excitement in my office, and as a result, I stopped doing this. I keep on saying this wherever I go that with time and experience I have not only evolved my way of doing business but also myself. I am the “NEWER” version with each passing day. In the end, I changed this propensity. Presently I ensure that individuals around me smile and I even blurt some terrible jokes, on which even Siddhu paaji wouldn’t snicker, yet my colleagues would enjoy every bit of it. “Smile away the blues” is, in fact, a reality. It does not solve your problem but always helps you to find the solution. Presently, they are more than just employees. They are my companions more and resources to my company less. And trust me, I mean it.

There was a time when my office work begun with this question “Who was late today?” but then I realized the inappropriateness of this question. This question drove away all the morning excitement in my office, and as a result, I stopped doing this. I keep on saying this wherever I go that with time and experience I have not only evolved my way of doing business but also myself. I am the “NEWER” version with each passing day. In the end, I changed this propensity. Presently I ensure that individuals around me smile and I even blurt some terrible jokes, on which even Siddhu paaji wouldn’t snicker, yet my colleagues would enjoy every bit of it. “Smile away the blues” is, in fact, a reality. It does not solve your problem but always helps you to find the solution. Presently, they are more than just employees. They are my companions more and resources to my company less. And trust me, I mean it.

3. It’s not a Game-Of-Thrones:

Of course, every GOT lover would not agree with the title but don’t worry it’s not that Throne I am talking about. I am talking about the chair where bosses prefer to sit. We are a bunch of 3 crazy founders of EngineerBabu who never believe in acquiring the “HOT SEAT”. All three organizers sit with the group, none of us sit on purported Boss’s Throne, which helps us in building a neighborly association with the fellow members in the room. These seats are only utilized for meetings. In actuality, the “Royal position” is utilized by the assistants, partners and even the workplace kid according to their need.

4. Being successful doesn’t mean wearing all the fancy and exclusiveness:

During the initial days of EngineerBabu, we could pull off a great deal of money by cracking projects and finishing them winning our client’s trust. I was born and brought up in a middle-class family and thus never got a chance to try out expensive things. Once I started earning, I used to spend a great deal on extravagance. Like others, I wanted to wear an expensive range of garments and shoes, what is referred to as “BRANDED”. Before long I understood that it is making a discernible difference between my colleagues and me. I realized that that this had created a line between my employees and me and I didn’t want that to affect the friendly work culture. Thus, I pressed all costly garments, even stuffed my shoes, and returned to my regular dress-up. This line soon vanished, and we were back being great companions. These little things make a huge difference. You won’t believe the difference until and unless you practice it yourself.

5. Presently I am lethargic; I rest more, eat progressively and reflect day by day:

Earlier I used to work like a machine, considerations about “how to take the organization to the next level,” “How to increase the value of my associate’s life?”, “How to make them free?” used to keep me involved without stopping for even a minute. When you are new to this entrepreneur’s life, you try to do each and everything for everyone all at once, and this is quite natural. It’s the madness and passion that drives you to pull off such decisions simultaneously. When you work insane, you anticipate that others will do likewise, however that is not going to happen, and at last you will feel pushed. There was a time where I was so concerned that I could afford to miss my breakfast, lunch or potentially supper but never miss a customer’s call. Be that as it may, now I consider time, reflect, and go for everyday strolls and therefore, I am more lively and loaded with satisfaction. I have assigned the undertakings to my subordinates and given them full privileges. This helped me remain quiet, take better choices and focus on main problems.

6. Make communications and not just calls:

Let me elaborate it. Working with our clients, I am constantly required to contact my employees in case of any requirements or help or to get follow-ups. So, basically, I called them whenever I needed their help, nothing more – nothing less. Suddenly at one point, I realized that there is a shrouded thought process behind my call and that business and work was all that I spoke. I learned that occasionally it’s alright to talk something else (apart from your work) and spend extra time babbling with loved ones. Work is never going to leave you and vice versa. With regards to saving a little time, turn off your wifi and enjoy every bit of this present reality around you. It won’t only enhance your working capacity but fills you with new energy to work upon your thought process and take better decisions. The efficiency increases.

7. It’s about being social and not social media:

Everyone loves to kill their time over Facebook, don’t they? All you need to do is post some pictures, do some check-ins, post a status, leave comments and have fun. But, is that the best you can do with such a powerful tool like Facebook? Even I used to do the same when I got my hands-on with Facebook for the first time. I used to update about twice a day and kept updating my wall on a regular basis. I had this dependency thing. But later on I realized, it is the experience and aptitudes which mattered not the selfies. Facebook is much more profitable when utilized in a correct way. Individuals kill additional time in calculating the likes and approaching others for comments. We nowadays spend more time on clients since now we invest energy in conveying esteem and not on advertising.

8. Roles change, not people:

I began my vocation as a nerd. EngineerBabu needed me to administer deals, subsequently I learned deals. Things continued changing, contributions to my company continued changing, and now I am pleased to grab fancy names in our company’s portfolio. I believe that I began my vocation as a nerd. EngineerBabu needed me to administer deals. Subsequently, I learned deals. Things continued changing, contributions to my company continued changing, and now I am pleased to grab fancy names in our company’s portfolio. I believe that “Satisfaction is a myth, my dreams are way too big to get satisfied.” Because that’s the thing that keeps us struggling and keeps us on toes.  Next was development hacking, my organization needed me to be a good writer, and now I am pleased to be the contributor over some well-known online publishing medias. Same is the tale of My prime supporter “Aditi Chaurasia,” she began as an educator, later became a top women entrepreneur in India. She is one of the best website designers but then handles accounts at EngineerBabu. Thus, we have got numerous roles to play and have played it well.

Down the line, I don’t fancy unnecessarily about making and creating a major group of people and incubating them in my start-up. I believe in taking baby stepsI am content with the little group. I chose my clients wisely. My approach to growing business is not merely earning or making billion dollars just for myself, but I dream to fulfill the dreams of each and every person working with me. The people who believe in my dream are the greatest assets to my company. I want to see a cheerful smile on my client’s face whenever I finish their work. I believe in delivering satisfaction and gaining trust. No one is impeccable nor was I. We committed numerous errors and learned from them. We gained from different oversights and insights as well. We have grown together, and I want to continue this journey towards success in the same manner. When everyone is happy, there is no possibility of anything going wrong. You have to trust your decisions. Your gut feeling has to play at the front-foot.

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