Thursday, 19 July 2018

Zaggle acquires Click&Pay

he acquisition will help Zaggle to build a World Class Expense Management Platform

Hyderabad, 17th July 2018: Zaggle a payments & group dining company today announced the acquisition of Hyderabad based Click&pay (a tech start up backed by Dubai based Investors) in a cash-and-stock deal. The acquisition will enable the Zaggleto build a World Class Expense Management Platform and create a unique value proposition for its customers.




Zagglebeing an award-winning Payments company with a focus on Groups, Employee Benefits, Corporate Expense Management has been continuously working towards strengthening its position in the space. The company connects Consumer and Corporate Spends to Merchants through Proprietary tech platforms like Employee Perk System, Reward and Recognition Program, Channel Incentive and Online Cashback.Zaggle’s huge customer base and Click& Pay unique payment proposition will enable customers to consolidate expense management and bring about an efficient mechanismwithin the organisations.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Raj N Phani, Founder & Chairman, Zaggle said, “The acquisition of Click & Pay will help Zaggle offer benefits by providing technological solutionsand introducing cost benefits across spectrum.The present system of corporate Expense Management drains out Hundreds of Millions of dollars per month in terms man hours spent, lost opportunity cost, logistic delays and inability to consider GST inputs. Zaggleunderstandsthe pain points and has according launched its Expense management solutions to help customers save cost.
A fully automated process would save corporates time, resources and money, especially on travel and entertainment spends, which is seen as among the top three controllable expenditures besides salaries and benefits for corporates.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. AvinashGodkhindi, Chief Executing Officer, Zagglesaid, This Strategic acquisition will help Zaggle to continue & execute the growth strategies and also extend our global leadership in expense management by mainly focusing on the basic local needs of each and every market we serve.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hanif Shah, Chief Sales Officer, Zagglesaid, “Thisacquisitionreflectsour commitment to continue growing Zaggle’s investment and presence to serve the expense management market. The acquisition also expands and enhances Zaggle’s extended services offerings. We welcome the Click&Pay team to Zaggle and look forward to working together to deliver even more value to employees, clients and partners.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. KalyanKarteek Founder, Click&pay said, “This partnership, would help create a vibrant corporate ecosystem where millions of corporates get the opportunity of consolidating and centralising all travel, health and entertainment billings that help keep a tab on expenses”  


The deal is in part cash and part stock transfer. Post acquisition, the Click&pay team of 25 members would join the 150+ Zaggle team.

Friday, 4 May 2018

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Hello women entrepreneurs,

Warm wishes from Know The Star Team. We know how much effort you put to drive a business from your home. It might look easy to think about working from home. But it is in fact a difficult thing as it is tough to focus without any diversions. We know that you work day and night.

Some of you might have quit your job for several reasons starting from taking care of your newborn. We really love the fact that each one of you want to do something useful. We appreciate your thought of engaging yourself in a positive and useful way. 

When you do something with passion and hard work, you can never fail in your field and you are one such example.

We want to feature you in our website. Be it a big business or a startup which you have just started on your own, we would love to hear and share your story. Let the world read about you and your business. Let the world know what you have to offer.

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Suya Tholil - Suya Thozhil in Tamil Nadu

Suya Tholil - Suya Thozhil in Tamil Nadu:


Suya tholil Ideas - Women are flying in colors in all the fields, but still, there are women who suffer losing their career after marriage or after their baby birth. They want to do something and achieve big in life, but the sad thing is they lose their career because of the gap in experience, they will be hired as a junior once they join after a gap. Women are also scared to take up business as it may need a huge investment. Actually, women are great entrepreneurs, they have excellent leadership qualities and grasping power so that they can learn anything easily and manage efficiently. Women can take up small scale business which incurs low investment to start doing it. This is called Siru thozil in Tamil or Suya thozil in Tamil. It is known as self-employment or small scale business in English. 

Advantages of Suya Tholil:



  1. You can choose your own business path
  2. You can decide how much you want to invest
  3. You can choose less risky business 
  4. You can control the labor cost
  5. You can put effort in the business which gives good income
  6. Choice to explore different opportunities
  7. Work life balance
  8. You are the queen of your business
  9. You can work on your own timings
  10. Option to quit if you do not like a particular business and switch to any business after gaining experience


The success of the business depends on the idea and innovations bought into the business and the marketing strategy and advertisement strategy that is followed. Bringing in new ideas and new products, understanding the market capacity and advertising the products in a right way will lead to greater profit. Before choosing a business, understand the requirement, get to know the advantages and disadvantages in the business, get information about the type of audience that the product should be reached. This analysis will help you to take the business in a right way. There are many small scale business carried over by women at their house itself, this gives them the freedom to work and you become the boss, everything comes under your control and you will know how your action will lead to a result, so that you will get to know a lot of learning. Let’s see about few small scale business ideas that are booming in the current years.

Suya Tholil Idea #1 - Silk thread jewellery or Quilled jewellery making:


Silk thread or quilled jewellery is the latest trend among youngsters. Silk thread jewellery is of light weight and you can customize the jewellery based on the color of the dress. The raw materials are available in the market easily and it cost very less investment and labor.

You can make silk thread jewelleries at home and there is no specific office setup required. This has been done as a hobby by many women. The cost of the silk thread jewellery depends on the design.

You should always pick the right silk thread jewellery kits for making the jewellery. The materials used should of high quality and long lasting. The color should not fade. It should have long lasting shine. Do not forget to choose bright colors in all your designs.

You can also do terracotta jewellery and crystal jewellery. The products ranges from earing, necklace, chain with pendant, bangles and anklet. You got to have a lot of creativity for this Siru Thozhil business.


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Meet Srijothi Vijendran, owner of ViJosBooksBarn

We have Srijothi Vijendran with us sharing her interesting journey this time. She took a break from corporate job after which she got her hands into multiple things. She is a proud mom who works from home. Read on to know more about her journey.



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About You:


Hey all, I am Srijothi Vijendran from Chennai. I have done my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science and was working with a leading Software firm for 5 years. When my lil one was born I took a break from corporate work and gave him as much of my time as possible. My father and my husband are my greatest inspirations. To be more precise, they both never sit idle, neither their minds. They keep themselves occupied with one thing or the other and are super perfectionist in whatever they do. I am what I am, because of these great men in my life!

As I was at home full time, I started trying my hands on a variety of dishes, baking and photography. That is when my husband insisted me to start my own cookery blog and ViJosKitchenCorner (www.vijoskitchencorner.blogspot.in)  took its initial shape and  was surprisely released on our anniversary.

Business over the past:


When Silk Thread Jewelleries were on its rise I learnt that from my sister-in-law and from YouTube. And I made sure I gave elegant designs. 

My friends and neighbours liked them and started encouraging me. That’s how ViJosDesignerBangles (www.facebook.com/vijosdesignerbangles) was born. 

I had a good amount of clients, few international clients too. When there were bulk orders I had to extend a lot and work late nights which became tough for me, as I had to focus on my little one’s studies as well.

About your current business:


I didn’t want to stay idle. My champ had a great interest on stories and reading books. We used to get him imported pre-loved books for two reasons. One being its pretty much cheaper, you can buy 3 pre-loved books in place of 1 new book; the other you can get a variety of fascinating and colourful books, which were rare at that time with the Indian publications. Along with him my passion towards kids stories also started growing and that’s how ViJosBooksBarn (http://www.facebook.com/vijosbooksbarn) was born. 

We have an assortment of books; board books, flip-flap books, touch and feel books, sound books, picture books, 3D pop up books, chapter books and much more. Along with these I run a YouTube Channel, where in I narrate stories for kids - (www.youtube.com/channel/UCWhtx9NkCb7MNsFZCzqvYlg). 

As I am not doing this for filling up my pocket, I mainly focus on giving quality content, which can benefit a wider audience.

I am also a digital designer. I design promotional posts for marketing products or events, Invitations for occasions, logos, business cards etc. I have this www.facebook.com/ViJosDesigns/ page which has the designs I have created so far.

About your turning points and milestones:


My important turning point was when few of my friends, when they saw my YouTube videos, started asking  for story sessions for their kids. I have plans of conducting regular story sessions from April.
Each and every review that I receive, may it be in a writing or by word on mouth is a milestone for me.

Difficulties you faced and how did you recover:

As I started this a passion, I did not find anything as a difficulty. The only challenge I face is when my son doesn’t want to give his favourite book (there are many such books), when a customer orders for it. Then I will compensate or bribe him with a new book 😊

Top 5 lessons you have learned from this business which you want to share with everyone:


1.       Be distinctive and be passionate on whatever you do
2.       Never compromise on quality, be it be the condition of the book, the packing or delivering it on time.
3.       Understand the expectation or need of the customers, give them suggestions and help with choosing the books.
4.       Listen to feedback, validate and rectify if needed.
5.       A business can have its own ups and downs, learn to master your emotions and believe in your efforts.
How are you balancing work and personal life
I never compromise on my personal life. Planning well ahead helps a lot. My husband is a great pillar of support, he guides with new ideas and also with the despatch. When I am held up with a client assisting them choose their books, my little one can very well understand and never disturbs me.

Can you share some of the reviews you received?






Future Plans:


I am looking forward to start with the story sessions. My primary goal is to inhibit the pleasure of reading in kids and I am working towards it.

How to contact u if anyone is interested in  working with you or buying from you?


I have shared all my facebook page links above. They can contact me over there or alternately can also email me at vijosbooksbarn@gmail.com

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

MEET IRIN EDWIN , OWNER OF ARTY TEXTURES

Customized unique gifts are something that all of us would love to gift our near and dear ones. Today, we have Mrs. Irin Edwin, the proud owner of Arty Textures, an online boutique that deals with intricately designed handmade gifts. She has been featured in a TV Channel to talk about the small scale business. Read further to know her journey to entrepreneurship and success.





TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOU:


Glory to God!

First of all, I would like to thank the Know The Star team for taking such an enormous effort in finding women talents and bringing them to the limelight your service to the society is one of a kind and very much appreciable. I am honored to be interviewed by the KTS team and for recognizing me as one among the various talents they have found so far.




I am Mrs. Irin Edwin B.C.A, M.B.A, born and brought up in Chennai. I did my schooling in Fatima Convent, UG in Stella Maris and PG in Ethiraj. I worked for a year as a Catalog Analyst at Amazon, later got married and now is a mother of a 2.3-year-old princess named Keziah Winslet. We are also awaiting another bundle of Joy in a couple of days. (Congrats for that :) - KTS Team).

My husband, Mr.Edwin Jaiprabhu is working at Groupon and he is undoubtedly my unabridged support system.



From my childhood, I was always engrossed on seeing people who are creative at hands and every time someone’s birthday/anniversary approaches I start planning, as to what kind of creative handmade gift I can bestow them. So, all my friends very well knew that I am a craft fanatic. I am fond of receiving compliments and that provoked me to be a staunch craft person and my love for handmade kept on mounting year after year!

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TELL A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS:







I run an online handmade boutique named ArtyTextures which is about a year old. I deliberately wanted my logo to be G2G (meaning Glory to God) as I completely believe anything and everything is through Him. Our motto “Do everything in Love” which definitely is a key factor for handmade, is a verse taken from the Bible.

I never had a plan of starting up a business until a friend of mine named Roscilin insisted me to make a creative gift for our common friend’s engagement. I made an infinite photo cubix which is like rubix cube with photos. Many of her friends started liking it and requested if I could make the same for them too. At that moment I asked myself - why not start a business with handmade on my own? And here it is - my very own boutique with customized handmade products.








My works include making personalized photo gifts, name embossed photo frames, personalized photo car hangings, photo calendars, mobile/pen holders, crochet products (baby items, dresses, mobile pouches, bags, accessories etc.,). People started approaching me as my products were unique and was made with utmost perfection. Within a year I had an incredible amount of comeback for my handmade. You know your successful when you get recurring orders from the same customers!





Kindly visit my page to have a sneak peek into the wide range of nifty handmade.
https://www.facebook.com/g2gartytextures/

TELL us about the earning potential in your business;


Earning completely depends upon the number of hours devoted. I initially started my business with Rs.150. By spending at least 3 hrs a day you can approximately earn 5k to 10k per month. I am habitually flooded with orders during Valentines season and when the proper time is invested I can earn more than 20k during that season. Initially, I hardly earned much, but later when I got expertise, money per hour got multiplied. When more people are involved/employed the returns can be doubled.

TURNING POINT IN YOUR BUSINESS?

One of the biggest turning point and the milestone in my career was getting the Guinness World Record for participating in making the Longest Crochet Scarf along with a team called MICQ which was 14.089kms on 21st May 2017.




Another significant milestone was when Cauvery News Channel approached to have an interview with me, as I was selected as one of the best 100 small-scale creative home-based business in Chennai. The show was telecasted on their TV channel with the program named “SiruThozhil 2.0”

 You can view the interview on YouTube by following this link:

 Both these incidents brought me unique recognition and fame among the many craft people in and around Chennai. It is an everlasting memorable moment in my life/career. I am truly indebted to God without whom this would have never happened.



TELL US ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES YOU FACED AND HOW YOU RECOVERED?


For every budding entrepreneur, it is very natural to face difficulties during their initial stages of a business setup. Decision making on any ideas/suggestions, pricing, marketing doubts, prioritizing orders etc., would be really challenging. But I was lucky or rather say blessed to have my Dad, who was a hardcore businessman filled with enormous managerial skills. During crisis management, I immediately look up to him and he is always ready to help me out. Whenever I had problems I always think how he would have tackled it and would try to replicate the same to reap success.

I experienced grueling situations during the festival season where I would hardly sleep for 2-3 hours a day to meet the deadline. My husband and sister slowly started getting involved. And I cannot miss mentioning my mother as she completely takes care of my daughter which gives me peace. When you have a family to support definitely it is very easy to handle any such situation that comes your way.


TOP 5 LESSONS YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM YOUR BUSINESS:


1. Learn to do everything with a lot of love and passion, it is sure to bring out the best results.
2. Do a bit more than what the customers expect from you. It makes them faithful for a lifetime.
3. Always be patient. Be it with the customers or reaping the output for your efforts!
4. Handmade take a lot of time and need a lot of effort so never compromise on pricing.

Above all, keep God first, be loyal and truthful in all that you do. It will take you to greater heights.



HOW ARE YOU BALANCING YOUR WORK AND PERSONAL LIFE?


Being a homemaker, it is indeed a challenging task to balance my household chores with my passion. Firstly, I make sure I give immeasurable time for my daughter. My husband supports me with household chores. He also involves himself in designing, printing and delivering products. And when I am overloaded with orders, my mom and sister jump into my rescue by taking care of my daughter and helping me with my passion. They are my biggest blessing and without them, ArtyTextures wouldn’t have survived so long.

Few Reviews from My Page:

Steffi Regin reviewed ArtyTextures – 5 star
27 February 2017 · Work of G2G really beautiful and fully creative. I loved it and l know my husband too. Guys appreciate !! The products they sell are gorgeous and reasonably priced. Thank You, G2G.
பாரதி அழகிரி reviewed ArtyTextures – 5 star
21 February 2017 · I got photo cubix, it was really nice. I really want to thank @irin for giving the product before the promised time. 
This personalized product is very new and nice with a very reasonable price.

Greeta Ajay reviewed ArtyTextures – 5 star
11 November 2017 · Beautiful work .. I just loved all your gifts to the core. Each gift is very different and unique. Loved your innovative idea.
Amudha Ashok reviewed ArtyTextures – 5 star
12 June 2017 · Awesome product with full of happiness and handcrafted work

Divya Kannan reviewed ArtyTextures – 5 star
6 February · Love her work! Very good quality products.






YOUR FUTURE PLANS?

 My future plans are to empower underprivileged women, by giving them self-confidence and power to earn money through small level home based business. My vision is to conduct free workshops for women who are struggling in upbringing their family to a basic standard life by overturning their financial status. My main motive is to give them a self-sufficient life and make them shine.


YOUR FUTURE PLANS:


You can contact me through Facebook, Instagram or drop a mail to my official ID.

Gmail ID: 
g2gartytextures@gmail.com

Facebook Page:  
https://www.facebook.com/g2gartytextures/  (or just search for G2G ArtyTextures)

Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/g2gartytextures/  (or just search for G2G ArtyTextures)

Not just for placing orders, feel free to contact for giving me ideas/suggestions or for any kind of craft related queries/clarifications. I am happy to help!!  

All Glory and Honor to God..!!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Success Story of Kinjal Shah, home based baker


Hello all,

Last week, we met Usha R. Poornima, who is a successful entrepreneur who is doing reselling business. We have Kinjal Shah this week who is a home based entrepreneur based in Chennai. She has shared her journey of her business. Read on to know more about her.

Tell us a little about you:

 I am Kinjal Shah, a home baker/ entrepreneur/ choreographer based in Chennai.  My passionate desire towards baking and dancing helped me pursue both.

My plans were never to get into the  business field. I somehow got hooked to baking , so in this process Cake a Lishious was formed.

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Tell a little about your business:

Because of my profound curiosity towards baking, I experimented with different recipes for which my lab rats (just joking) are friends and family. The positive feedback which I got moulded my pursuit into my profession.

Youtube became my go to guide for baking. After months of trial and error, my first batch of cupcakes went out to a corporate company , through a friend which inspired me to become an entrepreneur and establish my company Cake a Lishious. Its been two and a half years since then and its reaching new heights everyday.


Tell us about the earning potential in your baking business: 


Baking vegetarian desserts is always a challenging task which requires constant value added creativity and the amount of time and money involved in the process varies.

Simple rule to earn is better the quality and client servicing , the more money you earn irrespective the season.


Turning point in your business?

There hasn’t been one turning point, there have been many. But the one I would really like to mention is my first exhibition in 2016 which made me realize that make the customer the hero of your story. Apart from that, bulk orders and increasing regular customers have been my turning point.

Completing every year successfully is a milestone and also winning a second prize at a baking competition was definitely unexpected.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Meet Usha R. Poornima, the emerging reseller

Hello all, today we have Usha R. Poornima who is the owner of Sai's Emporia and Smiles - the kids store. She is basically a reseller. For those who are new to reselling business, here you go. Reselling is buying from one person and selling it to another person with the desired profit added. In reselling business, mostly the entreprenuer does not own any product in her hand. They will just try to sell products of others. They pay the money and arrange for sending it to customer only after she/he gets the order confirmed. Reselling is the best business when you do not want to do initial investment. Okay, now let us see what Usha has to tell about her business.

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Tell us a little about you:


Hi, I would first like to thank "Know the Star" for such a great initiative..kudos to ur team. I was a bit hesitant to give this interview but  I know I am no more a zero and have reached at least the next step. I am sure this can be an inspiration or motivation to few people at least.

To start with i am just a beginner and many women like me are doing this same business in a really great way.

So about me:

Name: Usha.R.Poornima
Education: BE Biomedical instrumentation Engineering
Past Work : Larsen & Toubro Medical Equipment division /ECC- Hospital projects

Parents

Dad : Babu R Ramakrishnan ,Lawyer.(blessing me from heaven nw)

Mom: Shanthi, Home maker  and the reason behind my positive attitude

Life partner and friend : Prasanth, a Businessman

Kids

My super smart boys AKSHIT AND DAKSHIV

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