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Name: Vaishali Shinde

Business: VJ Health Care 

Location: Pune, India

Industry: Healthcare, Wellness & Fitness 

Reason for starting? I have a total of twenty-three years work experience in various industries as an employee, but since 2005 I have been working as a yoga trainer. While I was working in the healthcare industry, one day I had the thought: “How many more years am I going to work like this?” What about my own work satisfaction, dreams and goals? Earlier I had started my own work to support myself and my family, but I came to realize my real deep desire to do something different — something which would give me work satisfaction and financial gain. I decided to start to follow my dreams and started my first Healthcare and Wellness Center in 2012 in Pune. I have given this business my time and money and truly enjoy myself and receive great work satisfaction.

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How do you define success? A smile on the face of my students after they complete the program successfully is my success. They start their journey to achieve their dreams is my success. Soon after starting my business, I realized that I can help women entrepreneurs to achieve their career goals without sacrificing their family life. Here, I have started to working as a freelance entrepreneur coach.

Biggest success: While working as a solo entrepreneur, I was selected to be in India’s Top 50 SME list in 2017. All the others on the list were banks, industrialists and business owners who are top rank. I just started my business 4 years ago. This recognition has given me strength to continue working hard.

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What is your top challenge and how you have addressed it? My biggest challenge is that I am a workaholic. I have to try very hard to balance my work and life. I also become a grandmother a few months back. Time management was a big disaster after I became a grandmother. Those days I worked only 6 hours everyday in three different breaks. It took me almost a month to complete my pending work.

Who is your most important role model? At the age of 5, I liked Amitabh Bachchan as my APPA (Brother). In my teenage years, I liked him as an actor and for the last 2 decades he has become my role model as a businessman. I personally feel everyone has to become like him with his fighting energy as a businessman at the age of 60.


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