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Siddharth DalalCo-Founder of BookMeIn Published On: Friday, June 03, 2016 Views 1196

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Follow you Dream relentlessly and enjoy what you do.

Siddharth started his entrepreneurial journey few years back and has garnered much expertise in a short period. He has an expertise in business intelligence, team management, and business development. He has an MBA in finance from the University of Wales and started his career as VP of sales at Robosoft solutions. He quickly moved up the rank and soon entered the entrepreneurial arena.

His latest venture BookMeIn is an initiative that was started in 2014. It is a web portal, which provides a marketplace for Customers and Service Providers (Vendors) enabling them to connect with each other and conduct business in a convenient and organized manner. From a vendor perspective, BookMeIn promises to create a new business opportunity platform for providing their services. They also have a Saas Based Application that helps them run their businesses more efficiently.

Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service?

-BookMeIn is a service aggregator that solves the two most common household dilemmas, finding the right vendor, at the right time. For customers, it enables them to browse for local service providers, compare and evaluate them and book the services online, as per their calendars. For service providers, it helps them expand their businesses by giving them higher visibility.

An initiative of Mumbai based, Aadya Web services Pvt Ltd., BookMeIn was incepted in June 2014. The unique portal promises a cutting-edge platform for both vendors and customers, where they can connect with each other conveniently. It offers a spectrum of services across sectors like health, beauty, alternate healing, fitness, and home services to name a few and has been more categories to this list every month.

What inspired you to build the above product/ service?

The idea of BookMeIn arose from the hassles that the founders had to face in their daily lives. This was a time when there were no organized solutions to problems like calling a carpenter and finding a good salon. It encouraged them to create a unique portal where customers can connect directly with the service providers and book the service of their choice in an easy way. A considerable amount of conceptualizing, market research, interaction with service providers and the proto-type building was involved in laying the foundation for this one-of-its-kind platform.

The idea of BookMeIn arose from the hassles that the founders had to face in their daily lives. This was a time when there were no organized solutions to problems like calling a carpenter and finding a good salon. It encouraged them to create a unique portal where customers can connect directly with the service providers and book the service of their choice in an easy way. A considerable amount of conceptualizing, market research, interaction with service providers and the proto-type building was involved in laying the foundation for this one-of-its-kind platform.

 What is your life mantra?

Follow you Dream relentlessly and enjoy what you do.

What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?

The biggest challenge was to get the right set of the team who is as or more motivated.

How did you overcome those challenges?

When getting people onboard getting more insights on where they want to reach rather than what they have been doing in life. Keep looking at people who are hungry to grow and grow fast. Skills can be developed; attitude is what one comes with.

Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now?

Angel funding of INR 2.5 Crore from the Ajmera Group of Companies.

 How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain? 

We keep it simple the work culture is fun and focused. I think the best way to solve brain drain is to inspire people to a bigger future and how they can become a part of the whole journey. Make people take ownership. This has made our brain drain% low.

 According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?

  • Guts to Dream, converting them into Goals and finally taking action.
  • Ability to inspire and support people around them to help them achieve their dreams
  • Having fun with everything you do and own up.

 Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?

Any Do & Google productivity tools – Keep, calendar

 Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive?

Getting to the source of the problem, rather than looking at solving problems on the top. If we look at solving the problem at the base everything on the top will be solved automatically.

Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself?

There are many but some with top the list effective time management and Procrastination

Answer in less than 50 words

  • One tip to success:

If there was a tip to success than everyone in the world would be successful. I think the most important thing to be comfortable in one’s skin.

  • One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:

Comparison with others, undermining one’s self

  • One most important lesson that you have learned until now:

Be decisive, failing is part of the game. Fail fast and learn fast and keep doing this over and over again without getting emotionally entangled.

What are your plans for next 3 years?

Next 3 years BookMeIn will be a leading portal/app for connecting Professionals/ Services business to the vast population of services seekers making it an organized sector. We plan to get to about 100 odd categories and 10 cities in India. This is also in connection 2 important initiatives taken by our honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi ie. Skill India and digital media. We believe we can play a very important role to support both the initiatives.

If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?

No many things, every experience in life is an important lesson. However, would surely control the emotional investment?

What are your top three getaway destinations?

Bali, Dubai, and Goa.

Share a quote that inspires you the most?

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. 

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

Michael Jordan

 

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