Friday, 10 November 2017

Meet Kiruthika Gnanasekaran from Vishru's Cute Cakes


Hello all, how are you doing? It has been a long time since I posted the last interview. Our last interview was with Nimita Rose Peter from Passion Hues. You can read her interview here. We have Kiruthika Gnanasekaran from Vishru's Cute Cakes with us this time. This time, I have a real treat for your eyes in addition to her inspiring journey. Read on!

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Tell us a little about you:


This is Kiruthika Gnanasekaran, I am married to Mr. Muthu Kumaran, our little cupcake Ms. Vishrudha(2years old). Currently, we are residing in Chennai (Alwarpet) I was born &brought up in Villupuram. And my husband is from Pondicherry.

                                      

Myself a graduate in Eng.Lit & he is M.sc Electronic media passed out from S.R.M University, Currently, my husband is working for a private concern(M.G.M-Marrybrown) as a Graphic Designer.




Tell us about your business:

During November 2014, I came up with a small idea about Customized Cupcakes and Cakes, immediately I conveyed this to my man he accepted it without any hesitation, an interesting thing which I have to mention here is, I come from a family whose main business is Peanut Barfi. So, I had a chance of growing with sweets. And now i have upgraded my family's business with Customized Cupcakes, Cakes, Dessert jars, Cake pops, Chocolates etc.

                           
                                  


Initially, I was baking only for my near and dear ones, but our friends and family encouraged us to start this as a business, we started it with full of positive vibes hopefully we are doing a decent work now. And with all blessings we have kept a successful second step EVENTS and our first event was a huge success.

Here is the facebook link to our business page - https://www.facebook.com/VishrusCuteCakes/.



How much one can earn in your business? 

We initially started up only with Customized Cupcakes & chocolates if we work for 3 hours per day you can earn up to Rs.4000 per day.  Monthly we work for 10 days & you can make up to 40k and there is no way of lagging in business because every day is someone's special day to be celebrated with a cake so only chance is if your taste is lagging your business will lag.


Tell us about the turning points and milestones in your business:

The biggest turning point happened after 5 months from the date we started our business, Mrs. Manju Roa 's Daughter birthday was celeberated at GRT hotels, T.Nagar. She believed us blindly and we delivered 100 mason jars containing assorted chocolates and almond muffin. Hopefully we didn't disappoint her.

Our second grand event was at ITC Grand Chola for Mrs.Kaushika Arjun Son's and the grand dessert table which was arranged by me was a super hit. She was the one who said, "You baked our dreams dear" and still now it is our unforgettable review.







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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Meet Nimita Rose Peter from Passion Hues


Hello all,

How are you all doing? Last, we had an interview with Grace Lavanya from Crafters Nest. You can read her interview here - Crafters Nest. This week, we have the interview with Nimita Rose Peter who has done her ME in Electrical engineering. She has been working as a QA Engineer in Technopark, Trivandrum and doing her own business from her home too. Her journey started when her niece was born. Wondering how? Read on to know more.

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Tell us a little about you:

I am Nimitha Rose Peter staying at Trivandrum, Kerala. I have done my Masters in Electrical Engineering and work as a QA Engineer for a software company in Technopark, Trivandrum.







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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Meet Grace Lavanya from Crafters Nest


A girl can reach greater heights by herself. What about when her husband joins in her effort? Here is the interview with Grace Lavanya who is successfully doing crafts, workshops and event management business along with her husband Mayudharan. It was very interesting and inspiring for me to read their story. I hope their journey will be an inspiration to you too for sure. Read on about this beautiful couple and their journey of success.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Meet Prianka, owner of Uniquely Expressive


We have Prianka Sadagopan with us this time, a person who is successful in her own business besides working in an IT firm. She is a proof that nothing can be a hurdle when doing a business with passion. She manages her business efficiently along with her IT Profession. A big kudos to her! Now, join me in reading her story. Read on.



Tell us a little about you:

I am Prianka, based out of Chennai. I’ve studied and I’ve been in Chennai almost all my life till date.

I am a software engineer by profession in the field of Data Warehousing and analytics. I continue my passion in crafting and painting along with my profession in the IT sector.

I finished my schooling in Holy Angels; my school had a focus in Art and Painting up to class 8 and that could have been the reason towards my inclination towards crafting.

My keen interest in different art mediums of painting like “Oil on canvas”, “Charcoal or Pencil sketching”, “Acrylic Mediums” etc., dates back to the end of my college life in 2007 – 2008.

I run the page with the name –“Uniquely Expressive” for all my handmade crafts.

I am also an artist who participates in group shows/exhibitions to display different mediums of my paintings. I paint various themes based on inspirations drawn from people/ places around me and also inspirations from the mythical world.



Tell us about your business:


Facebook URL - www.facebook.com/UniquelyExpressive.

I started this page, mid 2014 between July – Aug 2014. I focus on Personalized/Custom gifting, Home decor and accessories.

This is a passion turned business like many others.

Accessories: Initially started with Jhumkas, clay earrings, rings, bracelets, etc

Personalized gifting: Key chains, magnets, Mobile accessories, Message bottles, Miniatures in a bottle, Photo booth frames and props, Doodles, Thematic gifting , Scrapbooks/Albums , Explosion boxes etc.

Home Decor: Name-Boards, Lamps, Photo frames Clocks, Chest of Draws, coasters, etc.

Items that I would showcase as my personal favorite, my work which I call “Mini in a bottle” - miniatures in a bottle are all unique in design and each one is completely personalized and customized for every person who orders a piece or I can say theme specific uniqueness.

Sample on “Dad/Mom to be” concept:





Why did you choose work from home career?

I chose this secondary profession to pursue my passion. There is no replacement for the happiness and the appreciation for each gift I deliver, be it by the receiver of the gift or by the person who orders it!


How much one can earn in your business?

I don’t have a daily hourly schedule due to this being my secondary profession. But I have a minimum 10 -15 personalized order milestone I reach, based on the type of work intake I do.

1. For example Doodles – I take up 4-5 per month,
2. Name-boards up to 2 per month etc
3. Miniatures/ other accessories etc 4-5 per month along with other random orders

Recently I have streamlined by having a minimum processing time for some of the work I do.

I don’t make a consistent profit based on the random work I do. The margin varies from month to month

As far as I am concerned I don’t focus on a fixed margin or profit until I stabilize, which I plan to, by another 2 years maximum.

Pricing for handmade crafts I would say would be based on Raw materials + time associated cost  + effort associated cost + a marginal profit.


Difficult times you have faced and how did you recover from that:


1. Being handmade crafts, it is important to focus on packing, delivery and logistics within or outside the country. I learnt that I should keep the customer informed on separate charges for packing and separate for shipping or a fixed amount based on the size of the package.

2. Also since personalization involves a lot of specifications from the customer, I make sure I have all details recorded and acknowledged over an email before I start work.

3. When I get orders on replication it is difficult for me to convince the customer that it is not an ideal choice to replicate. I don’t mind losing an order instead of a piece of copy!


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


1. Dedicated and punctual delivery irrespective of any personal constraints
2. Patience in complete discussion on personalized orders
3. A rough draft always helps
4. Prioritization
5. Packing time is as important as the work time

How are you balancing work and personal life?


Working in an IT sector, I have always had the balance between what life for me vs. life at work is. The same applies to this.  I’ve said NO to orders that may take up any personal time.







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Monday, 28 August 2017

Meet Tasneem Ilyas and Haseena Ilyas from Art Zone


Hello friends, hope you remember our last interview with Shiny Anto, owner of Fascino Tutu who makes lovable dresses for kids and women. Today, we are going to meet two inspiring women who are the women behind the success of Art Zone. After trying trying their hands on various products like handmade jewellery, greeting cards and gift articles, they are now focusing on paper crafts. Their super-hit products are customized explosion boxes, birthday buntings and centerpieces. We feel really good to hear their story. Hope you will also enjoy and get to learn many things from them.

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Tell us a little about you :

Artzone is managed and run by the two of us sisters - Tasneem Ilyas & Haseena Ilyas.



Tasneem Ilyas:

I am a graduate in Nutrition & Dietetics, living in Adyar, Chennai. My native is Tirunelveli. Iam married to Mohammed Thanish who s a Software Engineer working with Cognizant. My Parents are Mohideen Ilyas & Fathima Ilyas.

Haseena Ilyas:

I am currently pursuing my Fashion Designing degree in Kilpauk Institute of Design., Living in Adyar. My native is Tirunelveli. My Parents are Mohideen Ilyas & Fathima Ilyas. I have a brother Sajid Omar.


Tell us about your business:


Artzone was started in the year 2010 during my second year of college where I started selling handmade jewelry, Greeting cards, gift articles etc at College cultural and events. Later on, as the demand increased we started our Facebook page under the name - Artzone.

We also conduct workshops and camps for school children and ladies during winter and summer camps. We have conducted over 150 workshops across Tamil Nadu under various topics such as Paintings, Origami, Candle Making, Glass painting and Home decor.

Later in 2013, We shifted our focus to only paper crafts where in we do customized party supplies, personalized gifts and Return gifts. We have over 100 products to chose from under various themes . Each of our product is exclusively handcrafted to suit the client needs.

This is our page link - www.facebook.com/artzonechennai






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Monday, 31 July 2017

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Friday, 28 July 2017

The story of Fascino Tutu and the journey of the owner Shiny Anto


Fascino Tutu for Princess - Not only her brand's name, even her customized dresses are really beautiful for all the princess out here. Once you visit her page, it is tough to choose one since all her dresses are quite amazing. More than her interview about her journey, we love the message she wanted to convey to all the women.




Here you go!

Dear Ladies,

YOU ARE BORN TO WIN. Come out of that inferiority complex in you. Don’t doubt yourself, you can do it! If you have a dream, make it come true. Run! It is now you can explore things. It is now you can work hard. It is now you can earn. Stay strong! Be bold! Never fear! WIN THE WORLD! Stay blessed.


- Shiny Anto, founder of Fascino Tutu

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Tell us a little about you:


I am Mrs. Shiny Anto settled in Coimbatore, basically from Ooty. I have done my Master
of Computed Applications. I have worked with Amazon.com, Chennai for 3.8 years as a
Subject Matter Expert in the QA team. Currently, working as a Corporate Training
Manager in Teknoturf, Coimbatore and a Proud Entrepreneur, a Fashion Designer – Kids
and Women apparels. I am married to a handsome and an awesome person, Mr. Anto
and we have one beautiful 3.5 years old Princess, Adriana Leanne who is in KG1.



Please tell us more about your business:


I am into Fashion Designing. I create beautiful designs for kids and Women, most of them are handmade dresses, Princess dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girls Dresses, Mother and Daughter Combo etc,.

I started my business in the years 2015, March. I actually purchased a dress for my kid from an online store, the design was quite interesting and I starting exploring about it a lot and learnt it myself and finally started my own. It has been 2.4 years now since I started.



Why did u choose work from home career?


I am still an IT professional working for a Corporate as well doing my business from home. I am serving my notice period, will be getting relieved by Aug end. A break from corporate career!!!!!! Getting fully into business.


How much one can earn in your business? 


I started this business with 0 investments. Seeing my work, people approached me. Almost for 1.5 years, I have been working all alone on orders. When I felt I am struggling to manage all orders, I employed 2 people. They are very good in tailoring, quickly grasp what I say, I pay them well around 10-15K per month each. They are very happy! They work full time from Mon-Sat.


Tell us about your turning points  and milestones in your business:


The business itself was a turning point in my life. I got to learn so much, so much!!
Another turning point was that my business made me take a break from my corporate career which I was so passionate about!

Milestones : 

1. I have gained a lot of clients who blindly trust Fascino 
2. I have around 1 Lakh followers for my FB page
3. I have my review rating 4.8 out of 5 – Total reviews 227 which is very important for any online store. Whenever people question how can I trust, I simple say – check my reviews and get back if interested and all of them had come back!
4. I have solely worked on all dresses for almost 1.5 years managing my business, home, office, my Baby, AND EVERYTHING HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL.


What are the difficult times you have to face and how did u recover?

Difficult times were very less I would say. My husband is a great support to me. Until I employed 2 people, I had to compromise at times on house work/cooking when I had more orders. My husband always helps me with the work at home. He is my Pillar!

After employing them both, I was kind of relieved from stitching where I just give them the designs and they stitch. Any new pattern/design I still do it for the first time. 

I had never compromised on the time spending with my baby. Be it any work, I make sure I spend all the time with her till she is awake and I start my dress work after putting her to sleep. I had even slept for just 3-4 hrs a day!


Difficulties you face daily in working from home? 


Currently I don’t face this as I also work and had to go to office every day. But working from home will definitely not be difficult because you are at your own comfort! 


How r you balancing work and personal life?


Right now, balancing my business, office and personal life. The main reason behind this is my supporting and understanding husband and my baby. Firstly my husband, he is the main reason for me to reach heights. Not all husbands are happy with wife working. In my case he encourages me so much to make my dreams come true. When I tell him my new ideas, the very immediate answer he gives me is, Yes you can do! He also gives me many ideas to improve business. He helps me with all the work at home. I am proud to say that we share our work at home and that is the reason for my success.

Secondly my baby, she is just 3.5 years old and she knows that Mumma makes dresses and she is matured enough to understand me at busy times. I make her sit near me when I work giving her some task/games. Will make sure, our full attention is on her all the time. Never a time, had she given trouble to me while working. She is such a doll.   My mother in law is a big support to me. After us, she is the next person to look after her so well. 


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

1. Be patient with your clients, treat Customers as KINGS! We will have both calm and fussy clients. Be it what kind they are, treat them nicely.
2. Be bold enough to face any situation, never fear for anything.
3. Give your clients what you promised.
4. Maintain your dignity. Few clients may disrespect you when they are not happy with price you quote or anything, do not feel bad. I would say, just IGNORE such kind of people. Don’t fight back.
5. Do not cheat anyone.        

Few testimonial from clients : 


Sajan Allen Roy:

Best thing that happened on my daughter's first birthday. Took just three days to design this marvel and we got the package delivered exactly as specified. The Dress was comfortable for my kid and she really looked like a princess as the name suggests. So glad I chose Fascino for my daughter. For every loving parent who wants to do the best for his/her princess, Fascino is what I suggest...

Mahalaxmi Pillai:

Thank you Fascino for this beautiful Mom and Daughter Combo. Fascino has One of the excellent quality. My 2years Angel was really looking like a Royal Princess in dat awsome attire..... Especially everyone loved my Lovley Gown. 
And we both got lots and lots of Compliments.......However I strongly recommend this to people who wants to dress up their baby girls & themselves#Gorgeously.. very customer friendly persons... On time delivery...she give what she promised... I loved to purchase more from Fascino# 
Once Again thanks Shiny

Heartina Charles:
Thank u so so much shiny #Fascino #HappyFascino #happyClients tutu frocks.. the dress was really awesome..
Hi frnds, I would highly recommend Shiny and Fascino tutu frocks for any of ur kids occasion.. she was very patient in listening to my request and very quick in amending the changes.. Its worth the cost and time..
Perfectionist..
Thank u Shiny..

Awesome.Thanks to fascino.....u had done a great job.....I felt so happy and the quality of the material is really gud. ...enjoyed a lot. .....I would recommend to all of my friends....Thank u shiny mam.....keep rocking





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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The journey of Renee - the owner of R^3 Iniya's World from M.E graduate to a mompreneur


Meet Renee Jebaline who is the owner of R3 Iniya's World. She shares her journey with us how she has turned to a mompreneur after doing Post Graduate in CSE. She is from Kanyakumari district and a mom of a little girl. She has earned around Rs.50,000 just by doing crochet business in her free time alone. Hope you love to read her journey.

Tell us a little about you:


I am G. Renee Jebaline from Thuckalay a small town in the district of Kanyakumari. I am a post graduate in Computer Science and Engineering. My dad is working as a Deputy Manager in CDPC in City Union Bank, while mom is busy in building our home with care and affection.  Since I got married during my PG to a PhD student I couldn’t find a job. Moreover, my kid Iniya was born on 15.10.15.  So, I was not able to go outside for a job.                  



Please tell us more about your business:

I learned this art of crochet from my mom who learned the art from her mom. Initially I was doing this art for personal use.

The first order I did was twenty purses using loop stitch for our family friend for gift favour. Then I stopped doing this for my schoolings. In college days I did this art for my bags. When my marriage was fixed, I came to know that his friends from Germany are coming for our great day, since my hubby was pursuing PhD there. As a surprise I did a small potli bag for them which hold quilling earrings and a crystal bracelet. They were very much surprised and they carried them on our big day in our traditional silk saree. This is how my passion has been growing up.



I started to do this as a business from Sept 2015 after landing in Germany to fight loneliness. Since my pregnancy was very hard due to Hyperemesis Gravidarum, I couldn’t do it as I expected but on the whole I earned nearly 50000 rupees.

Why did u choose work from home career?

As my husband is doing Ph.D, I opted full time mom for our beautiful daughter Iniya. To fight the loneliness, I started to do this and all sort of DIYs which I can do with our daughter at home. I opted this to spend more time with my daughter since my husband spends more time in lab(sometimes even for 24 hrs).

Showcase some of your best work:










How much one can earn in your business?

The earning depends on the time of hours spent and the art of creativity. We can at least Rs.5000 per month.


Please tell about the turning points and milestones in your business?

Even though I am a PG student and did one of the best project in my college life, a person who has high influence in our family scolded me for trimming my hair as “what did you achieve for trimming your hair?”. This is the turning point which made me to think about achieving something in my life. This happened on 5th oct 2015 and every month after that has a milestone. A few among them are starting a website and a channel in Youtube.


What are the difficulties you face daily in working from home? 

I don’t face many issues as I enjoy doing this to fight loneliness. A clear plan of future helps me to overcome burdens.







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Monday, 24 April 2017

Top 10 Investment Tips from Cartoons


The smallest of things can have the biggest influence on us. The weirdest of places can teach us the most profound of lessons. Learnings and teachings can be found in strangest places, even when it comes to financial information. Yes, the book 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman is definitely useful and great place to start. But, if you look for them you will find advice on investment even in cartoons. The twist is to learn to apply them.






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Monday, 17 April 2017

Business Ideas for Women - How to choose the right home based business?


Business Ideas for Women - How to choose the right home based business?

Recent days, shopping, social Medias and fashion have a lot to do in common. An actress sports a big jhumka or a new style of dress, every lady secretly wishes that she gets her hands on that or something similar. That becomes the trend. Practically, it is not possible to find all of that in a virtual store for so many reasons. So fashion freaks resort to online shopping. Now, this is where social media comes of help.

I am writing here to share my journey of running home based online jobs with you all. I am from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. I ran an online jewel business on Facebook for few months. Due to personal constraints, I am not doing it anymore. But still, I feel that I have a lot of experience to share some helpful information with the women who have some business ideas in their mind and got stuck in taking it forward.

I had crossed paths with a lot of people who were into the same business as me or others. Well, like any coin that has two sides to it, this sort of business has its own set of pros and cons. I thought I’ll share my views on it and tell you folks a little in detail about this. Been thinking of starting a business soon? Cheers! You are on the right page.




Let me tell you about the whole journey of my business ideas for women with little breaks. This is basically as series on 'Business Ideas for Women' where we share all such helpful articles to you. And this is one such article especially for you. So, here we go!

Business Ideas for Women - Commencement of Business:


Ok, so now you know you want to start your business.

Firstly, be clear of what you want to sell.

Think if you personally have an interest in them or you want to sell them because you think that’s what is doing well at resent. For example, I opted for jewel because I love trying different pieces of jewels and collecting them. Not just that, my family is into gold jewellery business already.

The trend might change, but the need for jewels would stay. Summing up all, I zeroed in at jewels.

Rake your brains hard and think from different angles before you land on something concrete.

Secondly, you ought to understand that running a business online cannot happen if money is your only criteria. There could be days when you have sold even 20 pieces and there could also be those days, where you haven’t even had an enquiry. In short, you need to be passionate about it to not lose hope.

Thirdly, please accept the fact that everything won’t fall in place in a jiffy; it takes time and is definitely not a quick fix.

Fourth, be ready to spare all your free time only for this.  Yes, it takes more time than what you are actually imagining. The more time you spend, that faster your page develops and that much money you make.

It is also important that you don’t over think. Now that, you have finalised on what you want to sell and why you want to sell, next comes execution.

In my case, there was a friend of mine who was into clothing already, I took her help to understand the process in whole and help me find dealers.


Use the power of Facebook and WhatsApp to reach dealers:


Relax; you won’t need that because that’s what this article is going to do for you. What you need to do is surfing Facebook/Google, and get to know few dealers whose collections look unique and sellable.







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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Mushroom Cultivation | Farming In India | Kalan Valarpu


Know about Mushroom Cultivation | Farming In India | Kalan Valarpu:

Mushroom cultivation has become one of the popular farming business in India. Mushroom farming is called Kalan Valarpu in Tamil Nadu. The mushroom cultivation has boomed in recent period where in they cultivate the mushroom with certain conditions in a small area. The mushroom cultivation was started again due to the high demand of the mushroom in the market. Out of which button mushrooms had the highest demand as they are edible and used in various dishes. White button mushroom is the most preferred mushroom cultivation business in India.


Mushroom farming India


Mushrooms are one of the tastiest food and favorite food loved by many. They can be used in many dishes like salad, soups, curries, and rice. Mushrooms have become a most wanted food by the kids as it has a unique taste when added to the dishes and served as snacks. There are many mushrooms available in the market but only few are edible. Mushroom cultivation has been vague in India because it requires a lot of constraints to be really careful with. The climatic condition and the soil plays a vital role in mushroom cultivation.

You can find white button mushrooms being sold as fresh in super markets and vegetable shops. They are also used in other food products.

What is Mushroom?

Mushroom is the fleshy part of a fungus. It is the spore-bearing fruiting body of the fungus. It is generally produced above ground on soil. It can be produced on a food source too.

The button mushroom, Oyster mushroom and the paddy mushroom are the most popular mushroom types. 

Mushrooms are a rich source of selenium,amino acids and anti- oxidants which helps in boosting the immunity. They are rich in fiber which promotes health, there are many essential vitamins and nutrients available in the mushroom. It has a rich source of vitamin C that fights against cancer. Proteins in mushrooms have high digestibility(around 60-70%). These benefits has created awareness and thus started a demand for mushroom. 

Mushroom Cultivation Overview:


Mushroom are cultivated two types, one is buy seasonal grower and the other is round the year growers. Mushroom cultivation is really good in the places where the climate is cool and there is lot of moisture content. 

Before starting the mushroom cultivation it is very important to know about the process involved in it. You should have a detailed study on how to cultivate, how to harvest, the maintenance methods, exporting methods and so on. Now let us have a look at the key points that has to be remembered in mushroom cultivation.

Location: 

Mushrooms generally require a moist climate. They do not grow in hot areas as the moisture content is very low. Choose a cold region with a good moisture content.

Cultivation process: 

Have a detailed knowledge about the seeds that are used for cultivation, they are generally referred as spawns. These spawns are readily available in the market. It can also be produced by the grower. These spawns are combined with various mixtures in order to give fertility to the soil. This makes the mushrooms rich in nutrients. Many organic substance are added in traditional way to make the soil live long. The mixture can be done with a ratio of equal half, or they can also follow other methods. With proper climate, proper cultivation and proper maintenance the mushroom will grow well. It usually takes 30 – 40 days for the mushroom to grow. 

Marketing: 

Mushrooms can be easily marketed as the demand is high. They can also be exported to other places. Mostly they are demanded by the chines restaurant who use mushrooms in their dishes. They can also be sold in super market by packing them properly. The packet should have moisture in it and there should be an expiry date mentioned in the package. There are many governmental organizations providing loans in order to start a business on mushroom cultivation. This business has boomed up in recent days and has created a high demand. It is better to start the business in a small level keeping in mind the above discussed criteria. Once the business has set its stand we can move to a larger scale business and take part in the export of mushrooms to various other places.







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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

From a finance professional to the owner of online handmade gift products - Meet Anuja Singh


We have Anuja Singh, owner of Hand magic crafts sharing her story with us. After working with famous banks and finance institutions, she has become a business woman who is earning from home. Her love for handmade gifts helped her to become a successful woman entrepreneur. She has quit her job and now able to find a perfect work life balance at home itself. Read on to know her success story.

Tell us a little about you:

I am Anuja Singh, owner of Hand Magic Crafts. Crafting has always been my passion ever since my school days. I would say my soul is happy when i indulge in crafting.

I have done my schooling in Convent of Jesus & Mary, Agra. I have done my MBA specializing in Risk & Insurance and have worked close to 5 years with financial brands like ICICI Bank, HDFC Standard Life & ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.

I am born & brought up in the city of Taj - Agra. I have been in Bangalore close to 9 years.
My Husband is an IT professional. My father is an Engineer & mother is a home maker.
I have a 7 years old son who s the biggest admirer of my work. He constantly motivates me.


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Tell us about your work from home business:


I officially started crafting business from Aug 2014. Although, working by my hands was all in my mind since my school days. Craft classes always left me waiting for more. I later got busy with corporate job and I had no time to indulge in my passion but it never left my mind.

I resumed my passion on a more dedicated & full time basis motivated by family & friends. After attending a workshop I started with Decoupage- A form of art.


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Why did u choose work from home career?


I am an Artist but a mom first. My son is my world. I never wanted to compromise with his upbringing. In today’s fast moving world, ‘Time’ is the scarcest thing. I wanted to be there for him in all the important milestones and to see him grow.

I chose to work from home so that I could strike a balance between my work and son. I like to give my 100% to any work I indulge in, Thus I work during my son’s school time, play time and when he sleeps at night.






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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Launch of Women of Pure Wonder, 4th edition of Vodafone Foundation’s flagship book


With the theme ‘Bold, Brilliant, Brave’ Vodafone Foundation’s much awaited ‘Women of Pure Wonder’, the 4th edition of Vodafone Foundation’s flagship book is being launched in Delhi. The WoW book narrating stories of India’s unknown women champions highlighting awe-inspiring exploits that have been categorized under three aptly named sections – Bold, Brilliant, Brave. 

This fourth edition of the book follows the success of the first three editions and reveals several unheard and unknown stories from previously unexplored domains.






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Monday, 13 February 2017

From a teacher to work from home entrepreneur - Story of Neelima Badola


Tell us a little about you:


My name is Neelima Badola. I have done my Masters in English literature. After completing my degree of Bachelor in Education, I took up teaching as my profession. I taught all age groups, starting from K.G to M.B.A students. I’m blessed with 2 sons and had chosen teaching as my profession to be available for them afternoon. But I guess that was not my destiny. After 10 years of being a successful teacher, I decided to do something different. But it came into action only when my husband seriously suggested me to go for my passion of crafting.


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 But I have been very passionate about creating new things. I love crafting. Seeing my passion, my husband wanted me to do something of my own and at my convenience to work. He always encouraged and supported me. He always motivated me by saying I should concentrate on creating and establishing first and not earning.


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Tell us a little about ur part time career:


I started with my creations of craft work. I was also learning new things side by side by attending various workshops.

I created a facebook page of mine and started posting of whatever I made www.facebook.com?lamasahandykraftz.

I kept on learning and gifting to my near ones from handmade items like home decor items, jewelry etc, I finally started with Natural Soapmaking. When I started getting orders for soaps  I thought of learning and selling homemade organic products which gave me immense pleasure and satisfaction.

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I started thinking seriously about starting my hobby as a business after learning soap making professionally in 2015.

I still remember the peak summer days when I was bored sitting idle at home doing nothing except for watching the T.V.

I saw the details on FB group of a lady who teaches how to make soaps. I was curious so contacted her and was really enthusiastic to know that it was at walking distance from my house. After learning the basics I started gifting my friends initially and slowly learned marketing my soaps.

I would proudly like to add that I only learned basics but started designing my soaps all by myself. I learned how to make creams and many other products as per skin treatments.

It is not so easy to establish yourself independently in India’s huge market. I personally feel if you aim only for being happy with your work without any expectation to earn billions, you will be successful.







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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Meet the 5 owners of Chandhini Creations who sell handmade gift items


Last time we had an interview with Neha Khan who is running her own playschool successfully. You can read her interview here. Today, I have an interview with not just one but a group of 5 women. These 5 women entrepreneurs have partnered to sell handmade gift items which are a huge hit among their customers. The interesting thing is the fact that they are from the same apartment. If you are someone who wants to start a business from home but not as a single owner, here is the right interview for you.

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About you:

Chandini Creations is the group effort by 5 of us. Gayathri, Pritha, Subbulakshmi, Sujatha and Uma is our team. We all reside in the same apartment.

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I, Gayathri Sreeganesh is a B.tech Graduate and an Ex-TCSer. My native is Trivallur. My Husband Mr.Sreeganesh is a Standard Chartered employee, who provides great motivation and support. My parents are Mr.N.C Ravichandran and T.K.Mythili who are lawyers. I have two boys Pranav and Vaibhav aged 10 and 3.

Pritha Thangaraju is a M.sc, computer science graduate with the native of Nammakal. Her husband is Mr.N.Jayaseelan working with Tech Mahindra. She has two girls P.J.Mrithika and P.J.Kanishka. Her Parents are Dr.P Thangaraju and Mrs.Pushpa.

R.Uma Maheswari is a M.com graduate from Rajapalayam.Her husband is Mr.Gurusamy pandian working with Idea mobile network. She has a son Rohith.G. Her parents are Mr. Ramasamy and Yasodhai.

G.Subbulakshmi is a MCA graduate worked as a software engineer at Cherrysoft ltd. She also has experience as working as a computer teacher at Maharishi Vidya mandir. Parents are Mr.D Govindarajan and G.Devaki. Her husband is Mr.D.Venkatesan working with Engineers India. She has a 10-year-old daughter V.Sathvi.

Sujatha Bharathi is a M.phil graduate from New Delhi. Her parents are Mr.Venugopalan and Padma. Her husband is Mr.Balamurugan is working with CTS. She has experience as a medical transcriptioner.She has two kids Sadhana and Aadvik.







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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Siru Thozhil Ideas in Tamil Nadu


Siru Thozhil Ideas in Tamil Nadu:


Siru thozhil 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. 

Siru Thozhil requires low investment, less risk, less labor cost, and also give good income. 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.

Siru Thozhil Ideas #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.







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Monday, 23 January 2017

Meet Neha Khan, owner of Little Angels playshcool in Thane, Mumbai


Hello all,

We had an amazing response to our last interview with Priya Kumar, who has chosen Digital Scrapbooking as her work-from-home career. Check out her interview here - http://www.knowthestar.com/2017/01/digital-scrapbooking-career-priya-kumar-work-from-home-business-idea.html. We have Mrs. Neha Khan this time who is a running a playschool successfully in Thane. She shares her journey with us. Running a playschool has always been considered as a very good option for women who want to have their own career while taking enough care of their families. She started with just two students in her first year and she has more than 40 students right now. It really feels very good to know that she is giving importance to practical learning instead of loading the preschool kids with a lot of subjects. We feel really proud to feature her and her playschool. Read her story to get inspired!

Tell us a little about you:


I am Mrs.Neha Khan from Thane (Mumbai). I have done my Bachelors in Pharmacy and Post graduation in Clinical Research. I have worked with a Clinical Research Organisation for 4 years. I have also worked as a lecturer for various clinical research institutes.


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I lost my father when I was just 12 years old. My mother and my sister took all the necessary efforts so that I could complete my education. They have always been my inspiration and motivation.


My husband Mr. Kashif Khan is the founder of First Cred Advisory Solutions. He has helped me and supported me tremendously to fulfill my dreams and aspirations. I have a 3.5-year-old daughter Humaira Khan. My family is my support system.







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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Digital scrapbooking turned Priya Kumar as an work from home entrepenuer


We had an amazing response to our last interview with Leela Gomathi from Booktoonz, an online book shop owner. If you have not read it, it is time to read her interview now. Now, we have another interesting mom entrepreneur with us who works from home. She took her creativity to the next level and made her as her career. When she tells that she can make 8000 INR per month from home itself, it shows her love and dedication to her work. Read on to know more about her career.


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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

From a Power Plant engineer to an online book shop owner - Meet Leela Gomathi of Booktoonz


Hello peeps, how are you all? Our last interview was with Abida Sultana who is the owner of Uusinool and successfully doing an online crocheting business. This week, I have an another inspiring woman with me. Leela Gomathi is a stay-at-home mompreneur who is successfully doing online business. Her online bookshop 'Booktoonz' is very popular among young moms. I find her interview very interesting and inspiring. I hope you will also feel the same. Here you go! 






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Sunday, 8 January 2017

How to sell as an individual in Amazon - A big Opportunity for small sellers


Are you a small seller who sells small scale products like crochet item, fashion jewellery item, saree, salwar or quilling item? Is your product doing good among your friends, relatives, and existing customers? Are you able to reach hundreds of customers by your impressive products? This is the time to reach lakhs of customers. Wondering how? Amazon.in now provides an opportunity for small sellers like you to sell your products in Amazon.in.

Currently, this opportunity is available only in Bangalore. With Amazon, you can see this opportunity gets expanded soon to other cities too in a very short time. So, sellers from other cities do not lose your heart. Just wait for the game to begin.








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