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- On April 3, 2016
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Kharidoo.pk is the Home of Refined Education Clothing, shoes, Books and other School Accessories. Kharidoo.pk is an online endeavor established with the mission of making life hassle free for parents, shopkeepers, students and retailers.
What ignited the spark in you to start a business?
When starting a business from scratch and you know you might not have competitive advantage initially, that’s where every business needs a spark. The idea itself is never enough – there has to be a need or you need to build it up. After all, you can’t start a roaring fire by just imagining how great it would be to have one. You need some tools, or strategic assets, like wood, matches and oxygen to get the fire going.
My story is not any different. I am a working woman and already occupied till late night task – running a freelance web development company. I don’t get enough time to run around shops because of my work responsibilities. Therefore, I prefer online shopping. Above all this I am mother of a 9 years old girl, when she started going to school and it was time to get her uniforms; I searched for an online store selling school uniforms and accessories. But to my dismay, there was not even a single vendor/shop of such kind. I had to take out time and go to the shops, only to find out that all of them were over-crowded and running out of the required sizes.
So, here the wood, matches & oxygen played the role – and the idea sparked – there was need for this fire but no place to inflame it – so we created it.
Tell us about yourself and the business?
I am an aspiring & passionate entrepreneur looking forward to promote sustainable & innovative connected businesses. Software engineer by education and further with HR certification, I have around 10 years experience in IT & HR field for past 10 years. Worked with leading private sector Educational system in Pakistan and being a parent myself has made me understand the ethnics and norms of this industry – it is already a lot of stress for parents of today. As parents ourselves we know we want the best for our kids but how little time we have to run around over something like a school uniform & related accessories. With the launch of Kharidoo.pk our aim was to make life cost effective, hassle free and HEADACHE FREE! It is our goal to make the entire shopping process as easy as possible so that schools and parents can focus on what is really important — educating children.
How do you find people to bring into your organisation that truly care about the organisation the way you do?
I believe if you love what you do, and you know what makes you happy, you can easily find like-minded people. When people believe in the word “We” and not I – they will always grow and make the company prosper too.
What motivates you?
Many things – as in people – My father – who has always been the person who has inspired me – motivated me to do more. My husband – who always believes I can do better. My daughter – Her smile – especially when she talks about me & Kharidoo.
I believe dreaming for something is not enough – it is something everyone does, but the hunger for it what makes you different. Your motivation should be absolutely compelling & positive in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful entrepreneur?
Well personally not much – I believe to become a successful entrepreneur you need to have the right attitude & determination. You should have the patience to failure. You need to understand failure & learn from it. It is the best teacher.
If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be and why?
Steve Jobs – I am a loyal Apple user. The way he believed in himself – gave technology a new face and above all – the way he expressed his ideas impressed people with his work and left a mark in history.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
Trusting people – I have faced pretty bad experiences while trusting people.
Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
Myself – I see someone my family is proud of and my daughter looks up too. Someone who has left a little impact / value in others life in a positive manner. In the long run, I see Kharidoo.pk growing and developing a trusted name in this domain. In the near future, we look forward to introducing more categories for an even easier way to save the day. Building an excellent and worthwhile partnership with more schools, so we can proudly hear parents referring to Kharidoo.pk for all their children’s school accessories purchase.
What hurdles did you or do you face in your business?
Nothing much – things have been pretty smooth at my end. Masha Allah.
What advice will you give to new entrepreneurs?
Learn patience. Learn from failures – they teach you the best. Welcome criticism positively – it will make you grow faster. Above all just believe in yourself and Walk with a spirit of gratitude and appreciation.