Gaurav Rana started his career while still a student in class 6th, by making and selling paintings at his hometown Sonf (a small village in Haryana). After his father suffered major financial loss, Gaurav started working as a hair stylist at a Salon while in 8th class.
His passion for startups made him conceptualize Calipso, which is a beauty and well being services provider where people can book their appointments through website/call/app anywhere whether it is salon or doorstep.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Calipso is a beauty and well being services provider where people can book their appointments through website/call/app anywhere whether it is salon or doorstep. Our primary focus is to save time for every working professional who value time as money. Our motto is to bridge a gap between best beauty professionals and client. We have done tie ups with major salons available from minimum to premium range as suitable by our clients and we have our own experienced & well trained Beauty Professionals as well who are ready to provide hygienic, luxury and best services at client’s doorstep and use only branded products.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
The seed of the idea was sown at my house only. My mother worked as a beautician by home itself and she is well known for her work in the locality. She used to get contracts of marriages but that was limited to only those people who knew her or those who have heard about her through word of mouth. I always used to feel that there is some lacunae between the customer and service provider and I always wanted to complete the jigsaw puzzle. In today’s fast moving era, people are consistently running towards their goals. Be it the Gen Y or the Gen X, everyone is busy in their own world and are glued to their smart phones. Such is the craze that from cobbler to coat, from cab to chef, everything is available at the click of a button. Then why go the old school way when it comes to salon services? With this thought in mind and also my personal experience as a hairstylist in my straggle days I lead to initiate an idea in beauty and wellness sector.
What is your life mantra?
Mindset is everything what you think you become .
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
It was challenging to reach over higher populated area on the same time over many places.
How did you overcome those challenges?
To get the solution for reaching over many consumers at the same time, along with Calipso Beauticians, we have also tied up with Salons & Freelancers to reach over many consumers.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
We usually maintain healthy environment and passionate work culture. I believe in consistency of quality life which we provide to our staff. The very most important thing is that we take our staff members as a Family, where things sustain and remains forever. Regular trainings and grooming sessions plays important role for avoiding any conflicts or to come up with the better solution. My personal experience of handling employees of all ages in EIcher Motors helps me to control hectic situations.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
- Clear Vision
- Passion for Work
- Solutions for Problems
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
We used Social Media platforms, Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube and Twitter for marketing, Skype & whatsapp for communications, Jugnoo for conveyance.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
I always keep an eye on the Quality Check and I think my habit of not getting satisfied until best comes out makes me more productive.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
I am an emotional fool; I always fall for professionalism in front of emotions.
Answer in less than 50 words
Your biggest competitor should always be yourself .Self- motivation is key. You won’t be successful without it .
- One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Don’t Repeat Mistakes.
- One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Face the situations, Keep your chin up and move ahead towards your goal.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
In the next 3 years, we want to take calipso to 15 cities including metros and be the most responsible and trustworthy creative company out there.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I initiated with my baby startup Calipso and will always think of make it growing Bigger and Bigger.
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“If you born poor , its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake” ..by – Bill gates