A woman's life changes after motherhood. Having a child affects every aspect of life. For many ladies, it means compromising on their careers. But these mompreneurs from Noida prove that when you really try, nothing can stop you.
Meet Monika Punya, a mom, an entrepreneur and in many ways, a superwoman. A resident of Mahagun Modern, she relocated from New Delhi to Noida 5 years back. As her work was in New Delhi, travelling back and forth with a five-year-old at home was taking a toll on her. Keeping her son's demands in mind, she had to quit her Travel trade job in which she invested her life's 15 years, and look for similar options in Noida.
Having some time to herself, she decided to start something of her own. She started an online business with items for ladies and children such as Bedsheets, kids gifting, kids items, kitchen needs, suits, Kurtis, nightsuits etc.
She says "It is a digital world and people are interested to buy online. I used my experience to make common small kids and ladies online selling platform and started selling things at a very small margin. I used to put daily basic home-required things from the kitchen to clothing and for kids on WhatsApp groups. I posted everything from toys, bottles, bags, and clothes. I got a good response which has motivated me to pursue it for 3.5 years now."
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Apart from running her online business, Monica also does a 9-5 job as an HR recruiter and takes tuition in the evenings.
Monika says, "Post Covid, I tried to find a suitable job as per my experience but Corona has badly affected the travel trade. My managerial skills gave me the faith which has proved successful."
Monika feels grateful for all the ladies who supported her business in the initial days. During Covid waves, ladies from all nooks and corners contacted her for clothes and children's games like carom boards, bags, bottles, and more. "I and my husband wore double masks and delivered everything. We did everything to secure our children's lives."
Monika says that her daughter and husband are the supporting pillars of her business without whom it would not have been possible. "When I am busy on the call, my daughter keeps an eye on my son, and many times, my husband takes care of the children so that I could focus on my business."
Monika gives her message to the budding entrepreneurs by saying, "hard work and positivity is the only key to success. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. This is how my journey changed in the last 5 years."
Meet Bhumika Arora, resident of Antriksh Golf View 2, she deals in the online and offline business of trendy clothes 'Trendy yet affordable' which are everybody's budget.
About talking about the business idea, she says, "The idea generated in my mind when I saw that there is no market in Noida like Rajouri Garden Market or Kamla Nagar market where you get good stock. To find trendy clothes, we have to rush to the malls. Malls are obviously not under everyone's budget. For this, I launched my business where one can get a normal range of womenswear, bedsheets from Panipat, maternity wears, kaftans, Kurtis, Co ords which are fashionable and affordable. For new brides, there is a good set of trousseau, like night suits, salwar suits, co ords sets up to 6xl size".
Bhumika has done her graduation from DU in apparel design and construction, PG in Fashion and communication, and fashion styling from pearl academy. She also taught fashion at a college. She has thus infused these experiences and lessons in her fast-fashion business.
Bhumika was a teacher but later she left her job to look after her two kids. "Being a mother of two (1 and half year old son, 6-year-old daughter), it is my earnest duty to provide them love, care, and time."
She got inspired by her mother in law who runs a tuition centre for science and maths. "I learned how to be hardworking from her. I thus decided to start a business of something creative where I can look after my kids too."
Bhumika herself deals with wholesalers, packs her goods and does quality checks too. She believes her parent's upbringing has helped her in running a business. "My father taught her to drive, ride and fix a punctured tyre," says she.