There are entrepreneurs and then there are the people that inspire entrepreneurs. Devesh Dwivedi belongs to the latter category. This Young Innovative Entrepreneur is the founder of Qualimerica Inc. - A business and technology solutions provider.
To say that he has been successful is a foregone conclusion, with offices in New Jersey, USA & Gurgaon, India, his business is burgeoning. The 27 year old does not neglect his needs either and is an avid watcher of movies; he says “Slumdog Millionaire, Milk and Benjamin Button are the recent favorites. Scarface, Godfather, Sarkaar, and the likes are all time favorites...”
Basking in the benefits of success and hard work, he spoke to Yourstory providing an insight into the entrepreneur in him. He told us why he chose entrepreneurship even after he had made other career choices. He says “I did but was never content...I always felt like there should more to life than just having a regular job...More than sitting at your desk, crunching numbers, pushing files, staring at a computer screen, being yelled at by the boss and at the end more than just pleasing your boss so that you can maintain a steady paycheck...”
“Plus, I never had that job-oriented personality, because I ask questions, specially the one that challenges processes and procedures... I ask, why is something being done in a particular manner when there are more efficient ways... I am a leader who needs to see the complete picture and my role in it, before making efforts... I was never the kind of person who shows up at work well dressed and pushes files and pleases the boss everyday so that he has a job to show up to the next day. I've been entrepreneurial since childhood and my last venture in India was an Event Management company that I closed (after 3 successful fashion shows with a major national fashion designing school and multiple small events) at the time of relocating to New York.”
He also has his own take on the greatest difficulty an entrepreneur can face he says “Finding the right partner(s), employee(s), and affiliate(s) has always been and will always be the biggest challenge. You can never be too careful and if you made the wrong decision, it costs you more than just money most of the times... Another challenge is to keep these people motivated, especially in the downtime...”
He also harbored thoughts of quitting and working for someone else, he says “I sure did... But then when you look at the pros and cons, you come back where you find yourself doing what you have always wanted to do... Plus, I have been fortunate enough to have consulting contracts with a wide range of clients from small business to Fortune 500 companies almost all year long so I never feel like I don't have a job...”
Driven by a sense of accomplishment in the work he does today, he is also inspired by each and every honest person who has made sincere efforts to be successful... He describes his business model as “Prompt-Precise-Profitable - That's what our services and solutions are, we provide prompt, precise and profitable solutions to our clients. We provide them the best solutions available at the price they are willing to spend.”
He also believes that the recent economic downturn could prove to be a blessing in disguise, he says “Current recession could play out good for some industries because willingly or unwillingly, people need to become more entrepreneurial than they are...a high influx of new businesses in the market will definitely help drive the sales up in coming years...My vision is to add more services and lines of business in the company's current portfolio.”
He also believes in the saying that “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy” as it can be discerned from his own mantra, he says “Work- Play-Work -Play- and the cycle continues... There's no alternative to it so, keep working, keep playing...”
He not only had as tip or two for the entrepreneur in search of some good tips, but also a concrete course of action. He believes one should lead, follow, or get out of the way and definitely wants to lead those entrepreneurs who are seeking help
He says “Lack of knowledge in various aspects and requirements of a startup is a BIG challenge that most entrepreneurs ignore...or they fall in the traditional trap of falling in love with their idea and they forget a very simple fact that it takes much more than an idea to make it a successful business. The learning curve that one goes through is another big challenge.”
“We all have some or the other fears and so do our budding and wannabe entrepreneur friends; however knowledge, education and regular access to sound advice is the only tool to fight and overcome fears... My latest initiative is all about that education and knowledge that budding entrepreneurs need to build successful businesses... The idea is to develop a resource and knowledge bank for wannabe entrepreneurs, the budding entrepreneurs and the ones who want to break free from their corporate cells, the 9-5 jail. Here's the link to the community site and remember it’s FREE to join and FREE to learn...
Do join www.breakingthe9to5jail.ning.com”
Your story thanks the inimitable Devesh Dwivedi for his insights, and hopes to see him shine brighter than ever in the world of Entrepreneurship.