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Trisheetaa Tej, recounts her journey as the founder of Pencil9, a venture that she believes can empower more women.
The Way to Achieve Your Own Success Is To Be Willing to Help Somebody Else Getting It First!
I worked with several corporate firms for about 7 years before I started my Advertising and Event management company, Mystique Mantra in 2006. My passion towards learning new things and accepting new challenges in life inspired me to become an entrepreneur, an advertising professional, a clinical nutritionist, a relationship expert, a professional writer, a blogger, a travel journalist and a speaker.
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Women love to be independent in their lives, but, there are times when they are obligated to make a choice between career and family. Marriage is a blissful moment in life while motherhood is commencing a new life again. With a world of friends and relationships around me, I wouldn’t deny the fact that I have witnessed quite a lot of women sacrifice their lives for the sake of family, children, in-laws and more.
Though families and individuals are gradually altering their mindsets, it is again a thorny decision to make – whether in nuclear families with no one to take on responsibilities, or joint families with a lot of added responsibilities.
I believe that every woman should be given an opportunity to build a second career, become independent and live their dreams. I therefore wanted to build a platform for women who can work at their own expediency and time.
I am blessed with a wonderful husband and in-laws. And, in a tête-à-tête with my hubby, the inspiration to start this project was born. It was a simple work from home idea, yet a full-fledged dream waiting to fly. “You should not be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling,” my hubby said! This was sufficient inspiration for me to get started.
Thus, Pencil9 came into existence as a content management firm – an endeavour that gives women comfort, flexibility and happiness at work without disturbing their motherhood or newly wedded life. I kick-started this dream project in February 2013 with two women and then built my team in due course. Today, we are a team of 64 and look forward to grow.
We understand that women love to be independent but have to choose between family and career most of the times; at least in the early stages of their marriage. Pencil9 believes in breaking this blockade for women and supporting them with an opportunity to work from home without compromising on their family life. We believe in letting every woman lead a financially independent life.
Our employees are spread all over the country and world too (Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bhopal, Delhi, London, USA, Canada, Australia, Dubai and more). I can proudly say that Pencil9 employees can make the best of their time with work and family without having to miss out on anything. There are many women who have also started working full time with other organizations once they are comfortable with their married life; however, they still work with Pencil9, owing to that flexibility, convenience and of course, their love towards writing.
I have always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.
I read somewhere that if you do not want to spend 9 hours working for someone, then you ought to work for 12 hours a day as an entrepreneur.
We live in a very well-connected world. Since I belong to the communications industry, I need to remain connected all the time. So, you would find me practically everywhere on the World Wide Web. Undoubtedly, it is quite an arduous task to juggle between so many things that I do – writing, blogging, journalism, traveling, consulting and more. Believe me, at times I find myself overloaded. This is the time when I sit down, close my eyes and meditate.
My secret to living a peaceful, creative, entertaining and adventurous life is: “I swear by my TO-DO list each night before I go to sleep”. So, when I wake up at 6 AM, I already know the day’s plan. This habit of mine helps me to be well thought-out and enjoy the day even while I am working. Planning and organizing my day in advance keeps my mind straightened-out from worries, missing deadlines, missing family events and more.
There is one more reason to follow this practice in my daily life – my husband. I have a loving husband who takes out time to give me sweet little surprises out of nowhere. I love to experience those surprises and in order to do so, I need to be systematic at work. So, the motivational factor for me to be well organized is very much my hubby.
As for managing my work, I have a great team that is equally energetic, enthusiastic and ready to take on new challenges without any say.
Like most entrepreneurs, you will find me working late nights or even during the weekends at times. But working from home definitely has its own perks. While I work in my pyjamas, I also get to take time off and relax on weekdays at times. So, I enjoy my work and love doing what I do. I love the fact that every day is a new day with a new set of work tasks for me and every day I have the opportunity to give a platform to someone who could begin to believe in herself once again. I love the fact that I help people change their minds and lives.
I am a lover of the finer things in life. When I am not doing anything that is mentioned above, I am traveling to explore a new destination with my hubby. Though meetings, work, deadlines, clients, writing, patients, consultations have taken over a major chunk of my daily life, I have a very understanding family to take care of. When I am not working, I believe in spending quality time with them, experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen, or I listen to music, watch movies, indulge in crafts and add new pages to my scrapbook.
But yes, my aim is to lend a helping hand to women to nurture and fulfill their dreams by creating work-from-home opportunities in the field of writing.
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