Meet our woman of the week Kshitija Kothari, who at just 22, is on her way to conquer the influencer world. This charming BBM graduate has used social media wisely and that is to embark on a journey that leads to her passion. But that’s not all, she is also a businesswoman, who finalized her first client at just 19. So, read her story right here. Maybe, it will inspire you to fulfill your dreams too!
How was your childhood?
I was very talkative as a kid and I used to hop around from one neighbor to another and spent hours talking to them. They all called me AAJ TAK. Unlike other kids, I was not very fond of TV and cartoons. I could mix up with everyone. But changing four schools and shifting from one city to another changed me a lot as a person.
What did you aspire to be when you were little?
I was crazy about fashion designing. I had also decided on my brand name and I still have many books filled with sketches.
Could you take us through your work, please give us a brief about it?
Sure. I joined the family business 2 years back. We deal in Modular Kitchens and Furniture. I’m also a part-time food blogger with 7.5k followers. So basically, all my work revolves around Kitchen.
What made you choose this line of work? Was there an incident that inspired it?
I joined the family business when my sister got married with an intention to help my dad but didn’t realize when I got completely involved in it. I was just sitting in a cafe once and thinking about how passionate I am towards food and tadaa, Started my food blog right there and it is gaining momentum slowly and steadily.
What does your daily routine look like?
I wake up around 7:30, practice yoga for half an hour, enjoy my cup of tea and heavy breakfast, and leave for work. Although my factory is nearby, I have to travel quite far for site visits.
What do you think are your biggest achievements?
I still have a long way before I count my achievements, a lot more to be done. But, when my clients like and appreciate my work, I get a feeling of achievement. Finalizing a big-budget client at the age of 19 helped me gain a lot of confidence. I’m also very happy with how my food blog has turned out and the fact that I’m consistently growing and getting good collaborations.
Was it difficult in the beginning to follow your dreams?
It was difficult indeed. It still is. When I started my food blog, a lot of people looked down at it and questioned why I’m serious about it. I even got people telling me to eat that food and stop clicking pictures and making it a point of a joke. They are the same people that now appreciate it.
What was your hustle journey like?
It was a roller coaster ride. I always had mixed feelings. There were days when I loved working followed by somewhere I wanted to give up. I’m glad that I kept myself going.
What are some of the challenges you deal with even today? And, how do you overcome them?
Working in a male-dominated business is challenging. It’s okay for women to be a designer but very difficult when you want to manufacture, design, and execute. Dealing with labor issues, stock issues, payments on a daily basis is a lot sometimes. I’m lucky my parents think I’m capable enough and for treating me no less than a son.
With success also comes failure. So, tell us, how do you deal with failures? What keeps you going?
I have had a set of failures. Some were really bad. The only thing that keeps me going is the unconditional faith my family has in me. They are my true strength.
Do you have a mantra or motto for life?
Focus on getting 1% better every day. Build good habits and be positive.
Has the pandemic hindered your future plans? How are you dealing with it?
Yes, it has. It postponed my wedding plans, work is getting hard with only 30% available workforce. I’m trying to improve the condition and make peace with the current situation.
What do you have in store for the future?
I want to grow my business and got plans to go digital plus improve my photography and get better in the field of Blogging.
Do you have any advice for our readers?
Read good books. Develop new skills. Take care of your mental health.
If someone wishes to choose your line of work, what is the advice for them? How do they go about it?
If someone wishes to be a food blogger, create good content, and be consistent. And if anyone wants to start Furniture business, you’ll really have to be passionate and willing to sacrifice your social life for it.
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