Dare to Dream : A Real Life Journey of an Engineer, from being an Employee to being a Boss !

Preface 

Before the protagonist’s story unfolds ,  please answer one question honestly :  How many times have each one of you  thought of quitting  your respective job, to start something of your own ?

 

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Irrespective of how lucrative or how bad our job is , we all want to be our own Boss .Every time we get scolded by our bosses  and / or are being awarded a poor CR  , the very first thought that comes to our mind  is “Enough ! It’s time to start my own business “. In fact , even many successful people , working with  companies with really big names,  keep this idea of switching to  being an entrepreneur  from being an employee, floating in their head.

 

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Unfortunately ,for one reason or other , most of us working people  are unable to convert this dream of our’s into reality . As a matter of fact , I too have seriously pondered over this idea of quitting the job and starting a business at least 3-4 times in last 2 years or so but haven’t been able to take the step further. There are a number of factors involved .For some , financial issues  or  existing investments   prove to be a road block  while others are just not mentally prepared to come out of their comfort zone and take this risk .

But one guy ,who happens to be a very good friend &  my junior from the College,  has actually dared to realize his dream  by overcoming all sort of anxieties & hiccups .

I found his journey really inspiring and worth sharing as ,who knows, it might help someone else (including myself) too to actually walk the talk with reference to entrepreneurship.

 Meet Mr. Abhijeet Kamal Kishore  !

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Abhijeet is just 31  years of age  but has already donned a number of  hats – He  has been  an enthusiastic civil engineer , has tried his hand in core sector as well as in teaching Construction Management,has done Masters  and has even been the care taker of  family owned school for sometime  before finally deciding to put aside all this paraphernalia  and enter into the field of entrepreneurship on his own, with his Flag Ship project : The District Cafe & Restro , Noida , Uttar Pradesh , India.

Since there can’t be anything better than hearing from horse’s  mouth , so here’s  a brief of Abhijeet’s  story , in his very own words :

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THE DISTRICT CAFÉ & RESTRO

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The Story Behind

The love for food drives one to different places. Some love exploring the ambiance while others are carried away by their taste buds. Being a food lover, it was always a dream to have a place of my own, where I can experiment with both food and ambiance. And this very zeal motivated me to start my first venture called THE DISTRICT CAFÉ AND RESTRO.

How it all started

When I decided to quit the Job

I am a civil engineer by profession with a bachelors from NIT Kurukshetra and a masters from Concordia University, Canada. After working for core industry for 2 good years, I decided to join academics. But the dream of having my own thing was still fresh inside. Engineering academics had been facing recession since last 3 years and last year it got worse and that was the point I decided to take a break, make a plan and execute it. They always say, “You will definitely succeed if your passion becomes your profession”. So there was no second choice but opening a restaurant.

 The Design Process

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After quitting job, I took 4 months break and explored restaurants and cafes in Chandigarh, Delhi NCR, Jaipur and Udaipur which helped me in understanding different tastes and cuisines around India.

The next step was to decide on cuisines. Since I wanted a place where people from all age groups can enjoy, I brought in North Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines. We serve delicious butter chicken and equally good lasagna.

Then came the major concern, deciding on the theme and interiors. After visiting a lot of outlets in CP and Hauz Khas, I made the final decision of getting a vibrant and colorful theme for the outlet. And as said by a wise man, “you don’t save money in material; you save by designing it efficiently.”  And thus it took me an entire month of roaming in NCR and finding the best and economical stuff for my outlet.    

Challenges and Advice to others

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According to a study, 80% of the restaurants shut down within one year of their launch. The main reason for this is availability of funds. One has to plan and keep funds ready for at least a period of 6 months. The second reason is ineffective promotions. My advice to others is, make a plan, divide your potential customers accordingly such as Students, corporate, families, other professionals etc and then start your promotions. Third but the most important reason is maintaining the same level of quality and atmosphere in your outlet. You can attract a customer by promotions for the first time, but to convert your customer into a repeat customer, one has to maintain the same levels of taste, ambiance and hospitality.

 

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A word for Abhijeet :

Bravo Abhijeet ! Kudos and Congratulations to you for following your heart and taking a bold decision ,for not many can muster this much of courage.I hope your story triggers many others  .Wish you very best of luck for your Venture.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this inspiring story  ! Would love to hear your feedback in the comments below !!

Namaste & take care  till my next post  !

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8 thoughts on “Dare to Dream : A Real Life Journey of an Engineer, from being an Employee to being a Boss !

  1. Namaste . Although I enjoy all ur blogs but dis one I would sayyy … something which inspires me to feel that I M The Boss … I can feel now that Dreams can turn into reality … ☺️☺️☺️… keep writing bhaiya … lekin sarkari Naukari chodna nahin . 😄

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  2. Nameste … Although I enjoy all ur blogs … but dis one , I would sayyyy …. … something which inspires me to feel that I m Boss too😄 .Definitely I can say noww that Dreams can be turned into reality .someday I would be able to give u my story too ☺️☺️

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  3. I want to congratulate you for finally becoming your own boss.
    My best wishes to you for starting your business. I hope for nothing but the growth of the business
    I want to congratulate you on your new business venture. May your business grow and bring you prosperity. …

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