Nehal Zafar, Masters from Szabist.
With no businessman in his family, Nehal wanted to be unique and prove his self-worth as he was the weakest in studies in his household. His desire to do so was the biggest motivation for him as he was starting out. Now, Nehal works 12 to 16 hours a day in order to efficiently manage his 4 Businesses. Of these the first is ANT Event Management (an event Management Company), the second is Perfect Blend (a professional Photography Services), the third is The Corporate Chef (a company to provide for corporate lunch events) and the fourth is Holler Media (a digital branding and online face-book page management company).
The serial entrepreneur began his journey from his home, with the help of personal references and money gathered from working as an ambassador in brand activation agencies. Success has followed him due to his untiring and consistent struggle towards his long term vision. And as of now he runs the business operations from his office in Dolmen Executive Tower, Dolmen City Mall.
What advice would you give to Szabist students who want to become entrepreneurs?
I think you guys are in the best university in the town. You have the best opportunity to build your network and PR. Szabist has a very strong student network and due to societies, all students know each other. So, students of Szabist, stop wasting your time and think how you can use your own friends in your business and grow with them.
How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
I believe this is the most demotivating question and one of the biggest flaws of being an entrepreneur. You don’t get time for your family or friends. You only work day and night without thinking about your own self so that you achieve the target that you had set in the beginning.
Where do you see your business in 10 years’ time?
Nowadays, around the world, many organizations have reduced their long term visions from 10 years to 5 years. Anyway, in the next 5 years I see myself expanding my services to all over Pakistan and in the next 10 years I see myself expanding past the borders of Pakistan and going international with my services.