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    Journey from SoloPreneurship to Entrepreneurship : My Story

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    Those who are aware of my blogging journey, already knew my life story till now, and now I’m working on changing my story from being a Solopreneur to an Entreprenur. This change which I’m making (moving out of my comfort zone), is something which I planned for a long time, but I never was able to take a stand for it. And I do have a legit reason for the same. Being a professional blogger, and seeing many of my ideals (Ex: Amit Agarwal) living a sustainable live by working alone, always made me believe I could do much more alone. Matter of the fact, I made over INR 40 Lakh/year working alone in last couple of years, and it’s been an awesome learning experience.

    Entrepreneur Solopreneur Journey from SoloPreneurship to Entrepreneurship : My StoryTill now, I was working alone and I’m proud to be a Solopreneur. Yes, professional bloggers are solopreneur because they work alone, and they grow this way really fast. Infact, it’s always easy when you are your own boss, and your own employee. At the same time when you are working alone, a time came when your growth rate stops, and you need to have helping hands to move ahead with the same pace.

    If you have read my earlier piece on blogging in India, I have mentioned few challenges a professional blogger like me faces in society like Indian society.

    Why I decided to be an Entreprenur from a SoloPreneur:

    Let me share a bit of my story, I started professional blogging in March 2009, and later on in January 2010, I joined a Pune based start-up, to achieve my goal of setting up blogging as an industry in India. It was a great leaning experience there, but in the end partnership didn’t last long. If you actually look at the history of start-ups, partnership is something which doesn’t go really well at the first go.

    So, I moved back to Delhi in August 2010, and since than I’m a Solopreneur, who is managing multiple blogs of my own. Managing blog may sounds like just another work, but I always treated blogging as a passion and as a serous business.

    I’m going to be 27 this year, and it’s high time that I should dump my home office, and get a real office. In last few years, working from home put me in a very comfortable situation, and I lived in my comfort zone, and I could keep living this life for long. But, alone I could go to a certain limit, and with a team Sky is the limit. If you are a regular reader of ShoutMeLoud, you would know my ultimate goal is to setting up blogging as a business in India, as it will help lacks of people who are talented but stuck at home. Blogging will not only empower them to earn money, but to earn a name and pride for themselves. And you never know, who turns out to be next Darren Rowse, John Chow, Giga Om from india.

    Challanges ahead:

    The road to entrepreneurship is not going to be easy, and after planning for a while and ready to walk extra mile, I’m highly motivated to reach my goal to have my own external office, and have a team. My real challenge was to moving out of my comfort zone, and in last one month I have been training myself for this, and soon my dream will be my reality.

    In last few weeks, I have been reading a lot about Entrepreneurship and starting a business in India. I have read about LLP, Proprietorship, Partnership firm and about Public Pvt. limited company. Though LLP sounds better than others, and best way to form a company when you are starting new with a partner, but I will be starting it as a proprietorship firm. I will be explaining about all this in coming days.

    How my Entreprenurship journey going to help you?

    This is something which I’m most excited about, as with this article I’m adding a new section here at ShoutMeloud, and that is starting a business in India. Though, most of article in this section will be globally accepted, but I will keep my focus on Indian market & business standard. I will be sharing everything which I have learned or will learn with starting this business, and while running it. This will help all upcoming solopreneurship to start of their own in coming days, and find everything they need to start a business in our country. I will be sharing all the docs, that I’m using to start my company, and you take help of it to start of your own.

    Along with this, I’m also adding a new section call Indian-startup, which will be focusing on new start-up’s from our country, interviews of Entrepreneur and everything which will trigger your entrepreneur atoms.

    My focus is still going to be blogging and internet marketing, but this new addition will be story of my day-to-day journey. ¬†One reason, I shared this story before moving to office, because as time will pass, my thinking will change from learner to doer, and I don’t want to miss what and how I’m feeling right now. I’m sure this will help many of you in coming days, when you want to leave your house and start a company in India. Do check out this motivational video I did for one of the blogging event:

    For further reading:

    If you have any suggestions, ideas for this two section (Starting a business in India, Entrepreneur and start-ups), feel free to let me know via comments.

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    hrmehrotra

    applaud harsh for your success, i wish you will get more success ahead….

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    sreekanth

    Thats a good move Harsh…Adding a page about start-ups will inspire all bloggers who are following shout me loud :)
    I wish you a very prosperous life ahead :)
    happy blogging.

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    pradeep parashar

    good luck bro,hope to see you soon with your own company!

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    Amit

    Nice work bro.I am really Inspired by you and following your blog from few couple of months.wish you luck with your new Projects.

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    Srivathsan G.K

    Congratulations :) I am sure you will rock. Looking forward to read you entrepreneurship journey soon.

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    Rohit

    Congrats for shifting in new office..and best of luck for this new journey with this great idea..of bringing blogging as a business in India

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    Guru Sanket Biswal

    All the best Harsh … for starters here’s my opinion based on which we run Fedobe … If it cannot be scaled then it is not worth doing … Wishing you all the best in the future … keep sharing and happy blogging :)

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    Harsh Agrawal
    Guru Sanket Biswal

    Glad to know you feel that way !!!

    We are actually based in Bhubaneswar … feel free to visit our office if you ever come to Orissa.

    Maybe I should follow what you are doing and blog about my experience :)

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    PrIyAnGsHu

    Great going Harsh. I’m too thinking to opt for a full time profession online after completing my 12th grade. Well, I’m right now already running a few niche sites along with some small outsourcing business at the moment, and now looking forward to expand my empire and make it my profession too.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Priyangshu
    One thing which I know from my experience, deciding between full-time and part-time is going to be a big decision, as your future will depend on this. Here is an article, which I highly recommend you to go through, as it will give you some food of thoughts before you make any such decision:
    http://www.shoutmeloud.com/professional-blogging-career-or-part-time-job.html

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    Chetan Bhasin

    You published this post at the perfect time Harsh, trust me. I really wanted to read something like this, and I am surely very excited about the future of Shoutmeloud and future of us (your readers).
    I have come across several blogs ever since I first got an internet connection, but yours is the only one that I liked and became a fan of at my very first visit.
    Years have passed since then, and I might not have expected this much out of SML, but I’m really happy and excited about what has changed and the young ideas that are about to come into existence.

    All the best! :D

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Chetan
    I realized that ShoutMeLoud is becoming little obvious, and it’s time to add a new section. More over, my goal is to become an entrepreneur myself, and feel proud of my achievement when I look at it down the line, and at the same time bring out the best from all the shoters I know of. I’m sure this serious will change few people life in coming days..and will plant new ideas… :)
    Thanks for your wishes, and believe me such words are always an encouragement…

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    Harshpreet singh

    well,it was my pleasure to read u r blog.read some amazing post and they certainly helped me.moreover once again inspire after reading your post.
    GODSPEED

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    Praveen

    The Perfect Article in the perfect time. I do follow SML regularly and created a folder in my Mail account to save all your feed updates :). You always rocks.
    I’m in search for these kind of articles. Can you please explain the complete process from selecting the best company name, required documents, financing etc.
    Final question – Should we hire freshers or experienced candidates at the start up?

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    Ravi kumar

    Hello Harsh Sir,

    Greetings!

    Very interesting and motivating stories for Entrepreneur who really want to do something and achieve their goal. Not all entrepreneurs are successful. There are many responsibilities to start a new firm.

    But you are already well-known as a Entrepreneur in India, i used to read your blogs and articles always.

    Thanks for sharing this chronicles and stories about you and all the very best for the same.

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    abhilash

    i am ready shoutmeloud for my initial day of blogging and ready every post and evertime it motivate me to do hardwork. Best of Luck…

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    Aakash

    Hey Harsh! My best wishes are with you. Hope you will change the future of many Bloggers in India. Best of luck for your new journey.

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    Shaikh Zafar

    Good move bro.. Just keep up the great work. You are a role model for a lots of blogger.

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    Rajkumar

    That’s really a very good thinking to help indian blogger, this will inhance the +ve thinking of all bloggers, especially indian blogger

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    Gouri

    You can also consider going for an OPC – one person company, provision for which has been made by recent amendments in the Companies Act, 1956. Good Luck!

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Gouri
    That’s a useful piece of information, I just finished reading about OPC, and it definitely looks better than sole proprietorship. I will be talking to my CA about this. This is certainly very useful piece of info. :)

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    CA Karan Batra

    Hi Gauri

    Its good to note that you’ve knowledge about the new companies act and one-person company.

    However, the new companies act is not yet effective and the its of implementation has not been announced by the govt yet…

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    Sunny Ujjawal

    Both Amit Agarwal and you are inspiration for me . Though I am also having a few sites for blogging and affiliates but didn’t succeed but earning more than my salary from them.

    And I will try my best to be India’s next Darren Rowse, John Chow, Giga Om and will get rid of my 10 to 7 job.

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    King

    All the best Harsh.. now I think its time up double up expectations on you.. expecting more knowledge and energy from you.. Good Luck Buddy!

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    Barzrul

    Hi Harsh,

    Very useful information sharing here and I wish you a good luck and success in steps you have taken.

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    Varun

    What a Brilliant and fantastic article it was. Harsh Brother you’re amazing and you’re the Top Blogger from New Delhi. Keep Rocking and i hope that your Company will get a success.

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    Anup Kayastha

    Harsh — That’s interesting story! I hope you’ll succeed :) Good luck!

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    Sumi Singh

    Best wishes for next step in your career. You are doing great for yourself as well as for other bloggers in the country. Though Om Malik went to United States from Delhi and became global name in digital world but Harsh seems to become a global name from his hometown.

    Sumi

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    Justice Bapadile

    That is a great move..please keep on updating your readers(me included) how things are going.Wish you success and I hope to learn a lot from your new move

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    Vijesh

    Hey, Harsh this is what I always wonder why an Indian blogger always stays at his comfort zone and be all alone in his blogging journey, with just guest blogging. I see Tech Crunch of Micheal Arrington, Huffingtonpost, Engadget, etc such sites have got many positions like editors, co-editors, writers etc. Now that you wanted to do it big don’t set any limits but let sky be the limit. Happy to hear that you are turning 28 and by the time you reach 30 I wish that you should reach Forbes list.

    All the best Harsh.

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    pritam patil

    Just want to tell you are always my mentor and always inspire me to take blogging serious , and now feeling happy to see you turning entrepreneur.. .:)
    All the Best..!!! .:)

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    Saurabh Chatterjee

    Good Luck to you Harsh, I am sure you will do well. At this junction, If you are taking any deviation from your already succesfull methods, I would just suggest that have an exit plan ready. It is not about being scared at all. It is just about preserving your already successful success. You need to know what to do, and when to establish it for a fact that the change of direction was not working.

    And I agree to your assessment – With a Team, sky could be the limit. Also, your choice of not entering a partnership model is understandable… It’s actually not a viable solution for you at this stage. Cheers Mate!

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    ashish

    you are in list of my inspiration persons
    1- pete cashmore
    2- amit agarwal
    3- harsh agarwal

    always good to hear from you :) keep it up :D

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    Dinesh

    Good luck Harsh, that is really a good move, God Bless You.
    Managing multiple blog as single person is very tough, when you have full time job and family, it becomes more and more tough.
    Taking this decision at this time in your age will definitely help your future.

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    aditya bajaj

    Hi Harsh, you are a brilliant mind. I just cant get over you these days, honestly. Harsh Agarwal is there on mind these days.

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    Jijo Sunny

    Good decision brother :)
    I agree with you; it will make a lot of difference once we take the business serious. Difference in dedication, confidence and ability to scale things up.
    It’s been just nearly 9 months since we registered our company and started an office in the near town. Sure it added much to our expense and lessened our profits – but the motivation it gave was so huge.

    Cheers to your plans. Jijo.

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    CA Karan Batra

    Hi Harsh

    Starting a new section on “Business in India” is a great initiative and would help many bloggers and small entrepreneurs in setting up their own business.

    Let me know if I can be of any help to you in this great initiative

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    Lakhyajyoti

    Good luck Harsh. Please update your readers regularly about your new journey. Wish you great success in life.

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    arojoy

    Harsh, I am been reading your blog for a long time. i am sure you will become a entrepreneur..Also help many with your experience… India needs many entrepreneurs,i strongly believe there are many young chaps eager to become entrepreneurs.

    My Best Wishes for the new section….

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    Chiranjeev

    Congrats Harsh! I’m sure you will get success. Good luck with your journey

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    Ravi

    Well First of all, Thank You for Explaining your Journey and it’s Major Pro’s and some cons. Your Blog SML has been a very useful and inspirational to start my own blog. I hope this one will add some Confidence. Thanks and All the Best for your next steps.

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    Vipin Soni

    Best of Luck! I believe that you are taking a great step, hope you’ll succeed. I am so curious to read upcoming posts from you :)

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    Animesh Roy

    Hi, Harsh at first I will give my best wishes to your new transformation from Solopreneur to Entrepreneur. New section on Business in India will be a great help for new and solo entrepreneur. Because in starting a full form company is not an easy job, as there are lots of financial and legal matters are related, so i think your new section can be a guide for all of us.

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    Satish Gandham

    Hi Harsh,
    Congratulations
    Read about a upcoming law allowing you to setup a company with single owner few days back.
    Check about it, should be passed soon.

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    Avinash King Avinash

    Hey, That’s really sounds great.

    Our Indian Government should learn from you; You are doing great things and thinking about unemployed youth in India.

    It shows your real leadership because you want your followers at the top. This is very inspirational article, everyone should read it.

    Best Wishes

    - Avinash :)

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    Anna Dura

    Congratz Harsh for your success , and best wishes for your Future. I came to blogging by seeing the success story of you , amit . You’ve been a great inspiration to many of bloggers like me and many more to come .

    Okay, my words apart , i hope you can help this … for the first time in last 6 months , i’ve earned Affiliated commission from Bluehost , but they’re not sending payment because i’ve not filled in the Tax form , actually i don’t know how to properly fill the form ..

    if you have any guide for that or if you could send me any example image , i would be happy ..

    Waiting for your reply Harsh ..

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    Nitesh

    Hi Harsh,

    Nice to hear about your achievements and nice to know about your interest in entrepreneurship.

    I would wish to meet you if possible, kindly let me know if you have any plans to be in Pune/Bangalore.

    Regards,
    Nitesh

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    Yengkhom

    Well that’s great Harsh! 40 Lacs a year, that’s big. This article is really an inspiration to every blogger. Thanks for sharing.

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