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. 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 ..

  2. 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

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

  4. You can take help from yourstory.com or therodinhoods.com on startups which I read daily 🙂
    Also, although I am having a fulltime job and for some family reasons, can’t leave it but I would really love to join your new team and give me 200% because I am also passionate about blogging and internet and websites and hosting and what not.

  5. Kudos to you Harsh,You are such an inspiring person,No one has ever influenced me like you did.
    Yes your journey from Blogging- from passion to a start up influenced many others to consider their blogs as their start up.

    Wish you many more success in your way.May you influence many more with your good work.keep it up dude.

  6. Those were some great words for people who are actually thinking to start blogging or struggling. I am really impressed the way you have learnt and evolved. Keep going!!

  7. Wow. This is insanely inspiring. As a general question, How much time do you used to invest daily, in blogging, say after initial couple of years?

    1. Hey,

      Thank you for the appreciation. I don’t have a fixed time for blogging. It all depends on the requirement. However, on an average I work for 6-7 hours daily. Sometimes, I don’t work at all as I am busy doing adventurous activities such as sky diving, bungee etc..

  8. Hi Harsh,
    First, congratulations for all your achievements so far. Best wishes for your next step.
    Your journey is truly inspirational. I am quite senior in age, but you inspire me to take full time blogging path. I am also at the threshold of starting professional blogging after testing on blogspot for some time. BTW, I have one question,something on legal side.
    Is is better to register your company as One person Company before you start commercial operation of the blog ? So should I open, for example PayPal account , in company’s name ?

  9. Harsh Bro,
    I’m your big fan really i have read your rest story many many effort behind your success, I m lucky Who reading Real success story Here, thanks for it (Y) and keep share such type of motivational experience.

  10. What an amazing story this is!!! Really inspiring and motivating to blogger like me who are just in stage-1 in this field. By the way I am a big fan of your article’s transparency like how you showing your income report is something that can inspires millions.

  11. Hi harsh,
    Very impressive and motivated story i really inspire and want to success as your journey was, I’m also reading your article and learn too much thanks for such a great content for newbies like me .. .

    regards,
    Sunil

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