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Name – Sujit Kumar Agarwal
Profession – Business
Designation – Owner
Organisation – Agarwal Enterprise
Age – 51
City – Serampore
Work Experience (Years) – 33
Under-Graduation – B. Com, Serampore College
Please give us a summary of your Career.
I started my career in 1986, where I worked under my father’s acquaintance in an office of a rolling mill in Kolkata. There, I learned everything about the business including sales, purchase, accounting and gained a lot of experience. After a couple of years, my boss wanted to expand his business and suggested me to become a distributor and to open a store for building materials in my hometown (Serampore). My father and my boss jointly provided the capital I needed to open my store. In this way, on 1st December 1989, Agarwal Enterprise was established. Its been almost 30 years since I started my own business and it has grown exponentially ever since.
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.
My current job responsibilities include buying building materials likes cement, iron rods, stone hips etc from companies like SRMB, Ambuja Cement and selling it to promoters, house builders and private landowners. It also includes managing taxation, billing and gathering information on the market. Sometimes, I even have to go to marketing in different areas to expand my territory, reload or unload trucks with building materials, check transport status and attain company meetings regarding price, schemes, and quality of the materials. I also visit project sites frequently.
Average Income fora Business Owner in the current scenario
Starting out/Fresher – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
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?
Does your work require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security for a Business Owner?
Would you consider being a Business Owner Risky?
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance for a Business Owner?
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability for a Business Owner?
What are the different ways of entering as a Business Owner?
There are several ways to enter this profession all you need is the capital, some contacts, and a business mind. That being said, knowledge of business marketing, taxation and sales will be of great help, so I suggest any UG course like B.Com, BBA or graduate courses like MBA will be of great help.
How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
Importance of Education in Your Profession
Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful as a Business Owner?
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?
First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on few tasks at a time
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details
People with a calm mind and a better sense of judgment are likely to be more successful in this kind of profession. You should think about yourself before others because no one out there will be thinking about you. People who wish to be successful and are passionate about their profession will surely succeed. People who are easy-going and make decisions in haste are likely to suffer. So I suggest only people having past experiences and a business mind to pursue this profession.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?
If your store offers best deals, is well known and have great transportation facility, you can earn much more than normal businessmen even in your starting years. It can be confusing and tough initially if you have zero experience, but once you know your job, it is really easy and even working 6 to 7 hours a day can be satisfying and can give you huge profits. It has a great work-life balance as you can work less and efficiently and earn more. You will get enough time for your family and friends and for trips. The best thing is you do not have to travel much and move around from one city to another. Moreover, the iron rod selling companies also provide a great number of offers on selling a particular amount of their goods which even include internationals trips and cars.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?
There are a few negatives of the profession everyone considering joining this profession should be aware of. First, you should always be calm and make the right decision after careful thinking. A decision taken in haste is always wrong and can exhaust your capital. Fluctuations in prices of materials can be a huge loss and can also exhaust all of your capital. Hence, it is important to always keep knowledge about the price change. Promoters and other private house builders can steal your money or not pay for a long time, make sure you know about the person before selling him goods in credit. Most importantly, do not be too cooperative if it is giving you a loss, be fair and do not try to make everyone happy.
Recognition in your Profession
What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Neutral
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?
General Information of your Profession/Business
What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Medium to Large Business (Annual Family Income upwards of 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
May be Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
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 same profession.