Mani Agarwal - Great Companies Women Entrepreneur Award Winner 2020
I WEAR MY STYLE
Certified Public Accountant
I WEAR MY STYLE is an eight year old company, specialising in manufacturing of customised women's wear. Run by Mani agarwal - An accountant by profession, with 4 years of experience in the Auditing and Consulting sector, Mani forayed into a fashion retail business at the mere age of 24. The entrepreneurship bug had bitten her. Now eight years later, her venture I WEAR MY STYLE has worked with over 25 e-commerce companies, has had thousands of satisfied customers with negligible marketing spend. The business has been bootstrapped and profitable from day one. Her work has been featured in leading journals such as IndiaToday, Yourstory, Sheroes and the likes. She has also been awarded the ‘Priyadarshini Award’ for ‘Outstanding Women Entrepreneurship’, by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs , ‘The Karmaveer Chakra Award’ by the Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship in associated with the United Nations and was 'Burgundy Achiever by AXIS Bank', for The Digital Women Awards (in association with shethepeopletv.com) for recognition of women in the online and digital space.
What challenges have you overcome to reach where you are now
Starting a business is an easy task but sustaining it and keeping it profitable over the years is the greatest obstacle. There are so many external factors which impact the business immensely; however one has no control over the same. Overcoming the same is through pure adaptability, keeping the product dynamic and simply not giving up.
What message you want to give for other aspiring women entrepreneurs
Any profession, be it a business or a corporate job requires one to be organised. The same is indispensible. Keeping abreast with your competition and ecosystem is imperative and goes without saying helps you mould your product/ service line better. So many times, I have discovered new opportunities to grow just by being well informed and keeping a good network.
To what do you attribute your success
When they use the clichéd ‘Never Give up’ line, they usually mean it. On a personal front, I am very harsh on myself and keep striving to grow but I always believe that business is part hard work and part luck. I have been through many low phases in my business, which have made me want to capitulate and shut down. Many a times, outcomes have been unanticipated but one door closes and another opens. Until and unless, you have not tried every option available and not left any stone unturned, you have to be relentless and keep trying. Most of the times, the passion for your work is so strong, you would not give up till until all options are genuinely exhausted. I still have a very long way to go and I believe success comes to those who remain patient and keep working.
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