Today in Startup Talk, we are bringing story of a woman who started her career with teaching school students and is now running a successful recruitment firm in Ahmedabad. “Woman is no less than a man”; she wishes to change perception about woman in India. Have a look at our conversation with Dimple Khubchandani.
Who is Dimple Khubchandani? Introduce yourself.
Dimple Khubchandani is an aspiring entrepreneur. Currently I am in a helping profession. I run a recruitment firm and consult startups. I help you find the right people for your business and help you refine, refocus and redirect with hiring and goal strategies for your business.
Tell us something about your company, Synoverge.
Started in year 2011, we are an end to end IT and non IT recruitment solution, human resource staffing and consultancy firm; which provides innovative out of the box turnkey solutions to customers for addressing their complex hiring challenges. Synoverge Consultants provides customized recruitment solutions based on needs of our client, our bouquet of offerings cover permanent staffing, RPO, executive search, technical assessments, background verifications, corporate trainings and much more.
Our goal is to be recognized by our clients as a business partner that gives each and every assignment the requisite attention and focus in helping them in their pursuit for performance.
Synoverge name is quite unique. How did you come up with the name?
Synoverge Consultants – Synoverge is a combination of two words, Synergy and Verge. Which means- in combination of action at the edge.
I thought of this name when I was consulting most of the media and PR clients and loved working with one of my client whose name was “Synergy”. Since we are into consulting, we just matched 2 different words and made one name out of it. It matches our profession as well Synergize with right people.
When and how did you start your business?
I have had worked in various professions. I started my career with Aegis BPO while I was in college doing my BCA; which is a complete disconnect to my profession which I am in right now. Then I worked as a teacher in my college vacations and taught students up to 10th standard. After which I Had worked as a Charity Ambassador for C.R.Y – Child rights and you an NGO and Collected donations across Gujarat. Later after my graduation I had joined GTPL with reference of my parents as an HR where I learned all the Human resources concepts, mainly hiring. My last job was as a recruitment consultant in a consulting firm, where I was taught nothing and I had to learn it at my own. I was one of the highest performers there and was always in top 2. That’s when I thought I am getting pennies and I should be doing something on my own. I belong from a business class family and always wanted to start a business of something which I was trying to figure out. After having my career stagnant in recruitment for about 3 years that’s when Synoverge came in picture.
How much time and money did it cost to initiate this venture?
It required almost 6 months to a year to run it smoothly. I had only 2 clients when I started. Investment was about 2 lakh rupees which I had saved from my past work. My business is completely self funded.
How Synoverge is different from other HR consultants?
Well, other consultants would only do a tele-calling job just to close the position. We don’t consider ourselves as telecallers. We are all recruitment consultants. We actually interview people.
Other consultants will not give any replacement even after signing a contract. We do give replacements and suggestions to our clients on growth, hiring strategies. We consult them 360 degrees, I’d say! It’s not just about recruiting. We love working with them as business HR partners rather than normal recruiters.
Job gives you limited knowledge and dreams. In business, you get a full sky and wings to fly at your own will and potential.
Why did you choose business over job?
Because, I am not a 9-5 person. Having own business gives you independence to work at your own will, to work with your own choice and I am someone that does not like to be controlled by others. I like making money that too is a motivation. Job gives you limited knowledge and dreams. In business, you get a full sky and wings to fly at your own will and potential.
There are some perks of entrepreneurship that simply can’t be quantified. Like taking off for the day just to unpack and organize your closet or may be take a small vacation too if need be.
What are the biggest challenges of starting up a business?
Starting a Business Isn’t for weak people, irresponsible people, undisciplined people, unprofessional people , forgetful people, lazy people, irrational people, impatient people or people who blame everything on Narendra Modi.
I would just say one line, Starting a business is easy, keeping it open is a task; needs lot patience, investment of time, money and just everything!
Starting a business is easy, keeping it open is a task; needs lot patience, investment of time, money and just everything!
What are the pros and cons of being a woman entrepreneur?
I don’t call myself an entrepreneur yet, I only run one business. I am no feminist. I count all men and women as equal. Both perform better in all aspects of life.
But there is a perception about women:
When a woman says she is starting a business people envision her making jewellery or food in her kitchen.
We have to work on changing the perception people have about women in business and it first starts with us taking ourselves, our craft and each other serious and equal. I see people hating on each other even before they be friends. I see people comparing their 3rd, 5th attempts with peoples 100th attempt.
You gotta support others in order to grow; it all starts with you!
What advice would you like to give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
To be successful, you don’t need an MBA, a certificate, a fancy suit, a briefcase or an above-average tolerance for risk. Or a fancy lavish infrastructure.
You just need an idea, a touch of confidence to get started.
You can’t have a new life doing the same things or travelling in the same circles. Get some people in your circle who are better than you, smarter than you and richer than you, who don’t speak your language , who aren’t of similar age group, who act their wage. Then climb up.
Stick on one thing. Pick a niche. Work on it then pick up something else if need be!
What’s your opinion on BuddyBits?
BuddyBits is doing well. It’s gonna rock bigtime.
Thank you Dimple. Your story is really inspiring. We wish you all the best for all your future endeavours.