Interestingly during the extension of this lockdown easing up of districts or businesses was allowed. It was decided that few of the important sectors like agriculture & related industries can be allowed to operate citing the Covid19 conditions in the said town.
So being in automotive industry had been reading and talking with lot of people regarding the opening and functioning (How, What, When, Who) kind of things and few others. Few pointers which definitely popped up in mind is the kind of responsibility which a business-owner will be taking on ones head.
Firstly is it definitely worth it to go with so much of trouble with authorities, administration & police force firstly to get the Travel passes. We need to do a detailed Cost v/s benefit study before taking this decision.
Secondly, The customer inflow would be very minimal as automobile industry is majorly customer driven. And even after lifting of lockdown the People wont be very forthcoming / eager to buy the cars ASAP.
Thirdly, As per the News / Views & messages on our dearest Whatsapp IF any of the employee or Customer gets infected and it gets traced back to us (Us being the business owner) we will be charged by an FIR, Seizing of Office Premises for who knows how many days & Massive Quarantine of whole staff & Customer database who we interacted with.
Fourthly, Had tried applying for pass for my Agri Business but frankly I got Rejected, I tried asking the reason for rejection & no one was able to give a proper grounds for rejection. Felt like none of the authorities we ready to take responsibility for issuing the passes to masses. Even though they are not wrong on their part as the stakes are very high right now, any misstep and we will have a severe outbreak like other cities, states, countries.
Just not in favour of opening right now as being a responsible citizen is more important then being a responsible Businessman.
Just to give you a context about why I wrote the headline that I wrote. I completed my college in 2006 and went straight to business. Learning the ropes from the master himself “My Father” I started one small venture of mine, details about that some other day. So we were looking to expand/ grow business-wise and came across this.
We started our Ford Venture in 2009 for me the journey started way before that… the whole process started in late 2007’s when the company representative visited us with my uncle from Jaipur who is also a ford dealer there.
The proposals were exchanged and we got final round of meeting with ford india’s bosses at that time in chennai and we were given a sign off for a setup go ahead.
After a few ups and downs health wise with me and dad battled depression because of that, but we came out with the flying colours and from 1st April 2009 we did a soft opening as there were few sign-offs pending from Ford Motor Company USA’s side. Without that we couldn’t have the official inauguration. So we use to get cars from our co-dealers and sell them during soft opening days to get in sync with the systems & processes.
On 31.10.2009 we finally did a grand inauguration and were officially a dealer for ford . We were really waiting for Ford’s New small car “FIGO”. A mass segment in which Ford was foraying into. And boy in 2010 when the vehicle launched it paved the way for dealership’s success.
As per my father the key to run a great & happy business is the people, So in our dealership the staff is not considered staff and as an owner of the business. The morale of the people & their enthusiasm towards work just quadruples.
My dealership has taught me many things, still teaching a lot daily, Has made me travelled places, Has given confidence which was missing in me some years back. And most importantly given me a whole different thought process and an entrepreneurial spirit “Yes We Can”…
We celebrate 31st October every year as birthday of Gehlot Ford where the whole staff comes together for a cake ceremony and sharing stories of day 1 – the 31.10.2009.
Will like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their support and unmatched dedication. Our customers for showing their trust & Confidence in us over the years. And Ford India for being with us in hard times & laughing with us in Happy times… Truely a family waali Feeling…
I am a 33 year Young Entrepreneur / businessman by profession who refuses to act a day above 21. Which we all so wish to do so time to time but ya i do it a little more often. Roaming around on my wheelchair one city at a time… A Proud passionate member of Round Table India.
Born in Jodhpur & Brought-up in the beautiful city of Ajmer which i call home.
I am passionate about my work as well and i do try to give 200% in my day on any task that i take or any challenge that needs to faced from time to time.
So, many people will like to know why i Started this blog, what was the idea, the thought process behind it etc etc…???
So for all my readers who wanted to know this the idea is to share my life experiences with everyone so someone could benefit out of them. The people who know me well knows why i am doing it. The challenges that has to be faced by being a differently abled person and the ways to overcome them. more about in how i am differently abled tomorrow… let us go slow in knowing about me, which could be easy to digest and i hate reading long blogs… So, a Small bite sized blog but on a very frequent basis.
Have a Great Day Ahead… more to come soon…
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