Being a pet parent is not easy, but in India, this challenge is experienced at a whole new level. Reason being, there is hardly any centralized system in the country on which people can rely for all sorts of pet care products & services.
Rajeev Talwar, along with some fellow pet lovers, realized this gap, and came up with Home4Pet – an online platform that provide pet parents with a wide spectrum of pet care products & service with the help of local pet care services in Delhi NCR area.
Growing every day, Home4Pet is a one-stop place for pet lovers to find all that they need for a better care of their pets. In next 3 years, Rajeev wants his startup to cater pet lovers of other metro cities as well, and later to expand Home4Pet to a global level.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
We at Home4pet aim to provide pet parents with a range of products and services including:
- Pet Food, toys, designer clothing and bedding , accessories,
- Vets on call both allopathic and homeopathic, pet labs,
- Pet boarding and lodging,
- Pet taxi, ambulance, & burial services,
- Pet trainers, spas, cafe, photographer, security tags, pet rehabilitation and fitness equipment, pet magazines,
- Pet birthday organizers, online pet training courses; and to top it all pet Insurance to keep them safe from all medical contingencies
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
A very Eureka kind of thought became the foundation to start building Home4pet.com. The three of us (founders) are sworn animal lovers and realized early on that there was a huge vacuum in the market when it came to pet services, while there were myriad options to buy grooming products and pet food online; there was no single platform which took care of all pet needs under one umbrella.
What is your life mantra?
Perseverance, thy name is success.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
The most arduous task was to find the right people who offer these services with the same relentlessly undying passion and have operations in India. We travelled the length and breadth of the city to speak with these people and educate them about our concept. 3 months and we were able to convince the first set of providers that would be on board. They were hesitant but we asked them to have faith in us and in our concept.
How did you overcome those challenges?
The unadulterated conviction in our concept and vision was impactful on our partners. We adjust sails time and again with ” We shall overcome” jingle in our heads when navigating our course.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
We have bootstrapped from our savings until now.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Out-of-the-box things, quick solution finder, and eye for detail
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, & Pinterest – all are good to reach target audience.
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
In-depth study on any subject
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Ignoring the invisible opportunity
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Never under-estimate your own self and your conviction
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Our next phase of expansion would be to tap into other metro cities. Additionally, work is underway for a pet fitness application on android. Making our presence felt globally too is being discussed with the right channels.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
Be more serious with an eye for detail.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Share a quote that inspires you the most.