Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently.
I come from a defence background. My father retired from the IAF and my mother is an artist. I have a younger brother who is an advocate. I myself am an MBA in finance and started on my entrepreneurial journey in 2007, when I founded Rian Placements which is an executive search firm operating in the domestic recruitments segment. Rian was initially a work from home venture which has today grown into a women centric consultancy operating from 2-3 locations in India. Today Rian is a chain of women/ladies working towards a common goal. We have both full time employees and also work-at-home moms who work for us on a flexi-time basis. Our main focus is executive search and career counselling.
In 2015, I founded another venture called Crafts Nook which is currently a handicraft store on Facebook. India has an abundance of talent and crafts nook is an initiative to give these talented individuals (be it housewives, artists, small kaarigars or job workers) a platform to showcase their art/craft.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
Currently we are promoting Crafts Nook and looking to tie-up with maximum ladies who are talented housewives but have yet not found the right venue to showcase their work. We are looking to tie-up with such individuals in order to promote their products via various social media. I am passionate about handicraft and Crafts Nook is a medium to unleash my creative side as well.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
The biggest challenge so far has been juggling multiple roles at the same time. Being a wife and mother, it has been challenging to carve out time to devote to a full-fledged career. Setting up a business is a daunting task as you need to initially manage everything yourself. However, I have managed to achieve some degree of success on account of the support received from both my family and my colleagues. I owe my success to a loving family and a great team!
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
My greatest achievement personally has been the fact that even though I am a businesswoman, I have fortunately never had to compromise on the care of my children. My office and home are in close proximity so I have had every opportunity to watch my kids grow up and have always been able to share in their joy and sorrow’s. Initially, when the kids were young, we had an office cum residence but a few years back we shifted into our own office space.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I love to read and am passionate about writing. Unfortunately, the demands of running a venture do not leave much scope for literary pursuit. But, had I not been an entrepreneur, I would definitely have pursued my dream to write.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
I would not say any one person but yes, there have been people who have inspired me and egged me on constantly to do better; people who have stood by me and supported me through thick and thin ; people who believed in me when my faith wavered.
Firstly my parents, who gave me wings & also the courage to take flight.
Secondly my in-laws, who let me, use those wings to fly
And lastly, but not least importantly, my husband who gave me the freedom to fly & soar high
All the above in my life have inspired me by their sheer faith in my ability to achieve. Their constant and unwavering belief in me has been my driving force.
What does the future hold for you?
I believe that life is an opportunity and can be lived only once. So, make the most of it. The future looks exciting and promising both personally and professionally. We plan to expand Rian placements by entering into HR outsourcing. We also plan to expand Crafts Nook on a global level by showcasing Indian handicraft and art.
What according to you is the single most important quality a person needs to have in order to succeed?
I would say passion. Passion for what you do and want you want to do. No point in just existing. In order to be happy you need to live! Not everyone gets a chance to do the kind of work that they love. But, everyone can adapt
and learn to love what they do, if they have the passion to do so. Also, I believe that if you want someone to do something well, then you must first master it yourself. lead by example.
Do you have any message to give to other women out there?
Yes. To all women out there my message would be – believe in yourself! You do not need to be empowered by others to realize your potential; you are born empowered.
About Sonal Singh Thakur
Growing up as a defence brat teaches you a lot about life. True, it instils discipline and confidence but more than that the numerous re-locations teach you to adapt & adjust. You learn that when life throws you lemons, you don’t just sit in a corner and cry. Instead you seize the opportunity to make lemonade and sell it for a profit. That’s exactly what I have done.
I commenced my entrepreneurial journey post marriage, after I was a mother to two beautiful daughters. I hold a post graduate degree in finance from LBSIM, Delhi but instead of a career in finance, I chose HRD as my family was my first priority. I wanted to work but not at the cost of neglecting my children & family. Out of this, was born Rian Placements – a venture which commenced operations with a chain of women working from home. It was not always smooth sailing. I met with a few road bumps & even road blocks along the way. But, with the support of my family and colleagues, I managed to overcome them.
Today, I am proud of what I have achieved and how far we have come. And, to all the naysayers, I say – think again!
Website – www.rianplacements.com
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This article is accredited to Ashish Bhardwaj.