long time never meet in this segmen. Today i have one person that i want to introduce to all of you.
Learn from one young entrepreneur, I am indeed very happy to introduce young entrepreneurs in my segmen here.
Name: Nur Fuad Sayuti
Entrepreneur of Photo G. Nic & Free lance Wedding Photographer
1)What kind of business do you have? What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?.
I’m into photography and videography. Emphasizing on weddings. However, I do some events coverage, kids/family photos and outdoor shoots as well.
It’s been my passion since young to take up photography and I’ve always admired those people who succeeded in doing the things they love to do. I’ve always imagine myself as being one of them. I like people to know my work, appreciate my work and know who I am.
2)Did you need to have a certain mindset to achieve success?
Of course. You have to set yourself a certain target. Goal setting is important. So at least, you have something to set your sight. It’s like playing soccer without the goalpost! You will never score!! Or a race without the finishing line!
3) Have you noticed certain advantages to being an entrepreneur?.
Yes! If you set your heart and determination on the things that you do, you will see the fruits of your success. You will achieve your goal. You do something that you like plus the money that you’ll get. So it’s a win-win situation for me.
4) Is it difficult to get financing for businesses? If so why and are there any solutions?
For myself, I have the support of my family. I started from a small capital and through my hard work and determination I am where I am now.
5) Did you have a mentor to help you get started?.
Yes. He is my friend, who is a photographer himself. He did advice and encourage me to go for my dream. He makes me believe that I can make it big one day.
6) Approximately how much money did you invest before your business became profitable?
For me, I’ve invested about $10,000. Which some might say a small amount. But to me at that point of time, it is quite a big sum of money. And thank god, I can see that it’s worth every penny that I’ve spent.
7) What resources were most helpful to you when you were starting your business?
I would say, magazines and books were the most helpful resources. I would read or see other photographer’s works and try to improve on my works and also it gives me some ideas on my future works too. Another helpful resource is getting feedback from my customers. To me it is important in getting feedback from customers as it will help you in your works. You will know what you did good or otherwise.
8)What ways have you found to be most effective in marketing your product or service to get sales?
To me, personally, a good recommendation does wonders for an effective marketing. So to me customer’s satisfaction is very important. Also a good form of advertising is like an icing on the cake. So a good recommendation plus a good advertising is, to me, the most effective.
9)What tips can you give others who want to embrace their dream but, don’t have the confidence or feel they don’t have what it takes to succeed?
My tips to them are, go for your dream. Achieve what you want. Don’t be afraid to fail. Make failure a stepping stone for success. Don’t give up easily. There are always ups and downs. You will never know until you try. That’s the key word; YOU’LL NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU’VE TRIED.
10)How do you manage juggling the responsibilities of being a entrepreneur?
You must have total control and self disciplined.
11)What’s next for you?
After 7 years in this line, I think I have still a long way to go. So in the near future, I would like to see myself as a household name. To be well known in this industries. To be ‘up there’ with the successful ones.