Journey From Solopreneurship To Entrepreneurship: My Story

Journey From Solopreneurship To Entrepreneurship
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Those who are aware of my blogging journey already know a little bit about my life story and how I came to become a blogger. Now, I’m working on changing my story once again – from a solopreneur to an entrepreneur.

This change which I’m making (moving out of my comfort zone) is something which I have planned for a long time, but I never was able to make it materialize.

And I do have a legit reason for why this never happened…

Being a professional blogger and seeing many of my blogging idols like Amit Agarwal living a sustainable life by working alone, I always believed I could do much more by myself than with a team.

As a matter of fact, I made over INR 40 Lakh/year working alone in the last couple of years, and it’s been an awesome learning experience.

Until recently, I was a proud solopreneur. It’s always easier when you are your own boss and your only employee.

But at the same time, when you are working alone, a time can come when your growth rate stops, and you need to have helping hands to move ahead with the same pace.

This is what happened to me.

Why I’ve Decided To Be An Entrepreneur Instead Of A Solopreneur

Let me share a bit of my story:

I started professional blogging in March 2009, and in January 2010, I joined a Pune-based startup to achieve my goal of setting up blogging as a viable industry in India. It was a great learning experience, but the partnership didn’t last long. If you look at the history of startups, building a good partnership is usually the hardest thing.

So I moved back to Delhi in August 2010, and since then, I’ve been on my own – a solopreneur.

I’m going to be 27 this year, and it’s high time that I dump my home office and get a real office. In the last few years, working from home has put me in a very comfortable situation, and I very happily lived in my comfort zone. It’s so comfortable in there that I feel like I could keep living in this comfortable place for a really long time.

But alone, I can only reach a certain limit; with a team, the sky is the limit.

If you are a regular reader of ShoutMeLoud, you know my ultimate goal is to set up blogging as a viable business in India, as this will help loads of people who are talented but are as of now unable to share that talent with the world. Blogging will not only empower them to earn money, but it will enable them to earn a name for themselves.

And you never know who will turn out to be next Darren Rowse, or Giga Om from India.

Challenges Ahead

The road to entrepreneurship is not going to be easy, and after planning for a while and ready to walk the extra mile, I’m highly motivated to reach my goal of having my own external office and having a team.

My biggest challenge is moving out of my comfort zone. In the last one month, I have been training myself for this, and soon my dream will become my reality.

I have been reading a lot about entrepreneurship and about starting a business in India. I have read about LLPs, proprietorship, partnership firms, and public limited companies.

I feel I’m ready.

How is my entrepreneurship journey going to help you?

This is something which I’m very excited about, as this article is the first article in a new category here at ShoutMeloud – starting a business in India. Though most articles in this section will be globally valuable, I will keep my focus on the Indian market.

I will be sharing everything I learn about starting and running this business. This will help all upcoming solopreneurs to start up a business of their own if they so desire.

I will be sharing everything – from the documents, to the paper work, to the daily tasks needed to maintain the business.

Along with this, I’m also adding a new section called Indian startups; this will highlight Indian-based entrepreneurs.

My focus is still going to be blogging and internet marketing, but this new addition will be more of a story of my day-to-day journey. One reason why I’m sharing this story right now is because as time passes, I will change from learner to teacher. I don’t want to miss out on how I’m feeling now, so I feel it’s important to document this crucial first step.

I’m sure this will help many of you in the coming days when you also want to leave your home office behind and start up a company.

For now, do check out this motivational video I did for a blogging event:

If you have any suggestions or ideas for these two sections (starting a business in India and Indian entrepreneurship), feel free to let me know via the comments.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

63 thoughts on “Journey From Solopreneurship To Entrepreneurship: My Story”

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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..!!! .:)

  6. 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!

  7. 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 😀

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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….

  13. 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.

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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