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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Anupam Jha
ProfessionBusiness Owner, Guest House
Designation – Owner
Organisation – Komfort Hospitality
Age – 51
City – Gurgaon
Work Experience (Years) – 6
Under-Graduation – B.Com., CSJM University
Post-Graduation – M.Com., CSJM University
Professional Qualification – MBA from XLRI

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I initially started out in the field of finance in many companies and gained an experience of more than 20 years there.
I was the Head of Finance and the Vice President in one of the companies. However, by the end of all those years in a corporate job, I was not happy being shackled to a desk all day long with erratic work schedules in the same space. I thought that there was definitely some other field that I could be a part of, and that is when I decided to leave the corporate world and come into a field that focuses solely on human interactions and relations.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Guest House Owner.

There is the overall management of the guest house is the basic essence of the job on a daily basis. The proper maintenance, record keeping of all the expenses, staff members and guests. Staff management also becomes an imperative part of the day as at the end of the day, you are dealing with people and you have to make sure that they are getting the proper service and are happy during their stay at the guest house. Many times, the guests come in from outside the country. Therefore, guest booking and translators are also to be taken into account every single day.


Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, as a Guest House owner, how many hours do you work per day?
More than 9 hours
Being a Guest House Owner on an average, how many days in a week do you work?
All 7 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Rarely
Does your work as a Guest House Owner, require you to travel?
Often
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Rarely
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Maybe

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?2 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
What are the different ways of entering this profession?

You can get into this business as a job by acquiring a degree in business or hospitality. However, in a self-run business, anyone with a passion for it can enter into the profession.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Stressful
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Good
How would you describe your co-workers?
Helpful
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success of this Profession?
No
What level of Education is sufficient to be a successful Guest House (Business) Owner?
Education not required
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful as Guest House (Business) Owner?
You need to have interaction and management skills with a good command over the language. It has got nothing to do with marks.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Expensive
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

IHM– Institute of Hotel Management

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful as Guest House (Business) Owner?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep the flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be easy-going and flexible with life
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

You need to be sensitive to the cultures and needs of others as you may have many encounters with guests that are not from the same country as you. You should be respectful and cooperative with everyone, especially the staff. You should have management skills to deal with them as well. Most importantly, you should strive to make the stay of all guests as comfortable as possible.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to start their Business as Guest House Owner?

The travel, meeting people from different parts of the world, from different walks of life. Once you are settled in the business, dealing with the income, profit & loss etc. becomes easier. The work-life balance may not always be great as you are constantly required to be present to oversee all operations that go within the building. Many other aspects of the job make you happy with yourself and you take pride in your work.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Guest House (Business) Owner?

Starting your own business is risky and the working hours are difficult. At least, in the initial years, that is all that your life will be consumed with.
There will be extremely small problems that you will need to take care of every single day. At some point, it may feel repetitive but that is just you gaining more experience. However, it is rewarding in the end as all the has been created by you from scratch, so take pride in that.


Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Job (Annual Family Income up to 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Difficult
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

I would still pick the field of finance first as it gave me the financial backing I needed to set up my business all on my own.


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