Entrepreneur Name: Chandra Vadhana R
Business Name: T4Trainer.com
Today we interview Chandra Vadhana R, founder of, T4Trainer.com. T4Trainer is an online endevour to increase the availability of quality trainers in industry as well as provinding a space for trainers to improve standards and network. It’s stated mission is to “To bring together as many training professionals under one roof and provide the best quality trainer resource as per need as well as facilitate better training practices.”
No small task, but it is doing an amazing job and become one of the leading Trainer sites in India. We think that is AWESOME :). So if you need a trainer for your company please check them out. Now let’s meet the founder, Chandra.
Hi Chandra, welcome to #eoindia, it is a pleasure to share your story, so lets dive right into the questions…
1) How did you get your idea for this business?
I have been into the field of Training and development for the past 12 years and this led to my understanding of the lacunae (gaps) in the field. I am trying to fill a few of those lacunae with the startup T4Trainer.com and the parent company 4Tune Factory. While 4Tune Factory provides expert consulting in the field of training, employability and career in offline setting, www.T4Trainer.com is an online portal for hiring, development and networking of Trainers, Speakers and Educators. The portal got selected as a NASSCOM 10K Startup and currently has over 2000 Trainers and Speakers listed in the portal who are verified and competency tested for hiring by clients all over the nation. This was the first initiative in this sector when we launched in April 2016 and now there are a few other similar portals who have joined the race.
2) What was stopping you from becoming an entrepreneur?
Though I had entrepreneurial tendencies right from childhood, my parents and family belong to a conservative middle class where starting a business was considered something that was not meant for bright students. I was only expected to finish my studies and get into an MNC job or a Govt. Job.
3) What was the reaction from your family when you first decided to start your business?
First reaction was very negative. My father as well as my husband felt that I was entering into something that was not suitable for my nature and they were sure that I would fail in the attempt. My sister and her husband were quite supportive and gave me the courage to go ahead even during tough times.
4) What was your biggest failure in business and what did you learn from it?
My biggest failure in the initial stages of setting up was entering into the wrong partnerships. I have had three different partnerships prior to deciding that I will go alone. All these failed because of lack of clarity, lack of trust and lack of transparency from the partners. Three different ventures thus failed and made me realise that I was trying to run behind someone else’s dreams and that’s not the right way! I decided that I have to form something which matches my value systems and my expertise.
5) When did you realise that your business was going to be successful?
Every time, I dream about something, I realise that it’s going to be successful. However, in due course I may face challenges. And I may even feel like quitting. That’s when God sends some signals that it’s not yet time to quit. I remember, after one of my failed events, I was browsing FaceBook and a leading trainer pinged me and told me she wants to meet me and she heard rave reviews about my company and wish to know how to collaborate in the field of Employability services. When industry leaders come to me and ask for something, I believe that’s a signal of success!
6) What habits contribute to your success?
I always believed in providing a happy and conducive workplace for my team members where freedom to make mistakes is allowed. This has helped to a great extent to bring out the creativity from the team members. My personal habits like reading, interacting with new people, helping others without expecting any favour, maintaining proper diet, exercise and sleep also help in managing my work and family.
7) If you had to start your business again what would you do differently?
Well, I would have started much earlier! At the age of 35 and running a family of two school going kids and trying to set up something from scratch is quite challenging. I wish I could have started much earlier. (I once tried in 2007. But quit it within 6 months due to funding issues . Moreover, the startup ecosystem at that time was not this conducive).
8) What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life with what you do today!”
9) Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from small things and incidents around. Sometimes some whatsapp messages also provide an instant dose of inspiration!
10) What is your favourite book?
Oh, that’s a tough question! I read lots of books –especially non fiction and self help books. Pointing one out that will be difficult. However, one book which gave me a whole new perspective to life and also instilled in me to choose a career in Training and development is Emotional Intelligence by Malcom Gladwell.
11) What advice would you give to someone starting out?
Go Do it!! Don’t wait for the right time. And yes, be prepared to face the worst. I think, everybody is an entrepreneur in varying degrees. Some people who choose to be more risky, take the plunge early. And an entrepreneur once born never dies!
Thats it. As usual a massive thank you to Chandra for taking the time to answer those questions.
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