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running a business in chaos

A lot of people ask me, how and why do you run a business amidst the chaos in Nepal ?

I don’t know how to answer this directly. So here I am organizing my own thoughts to see if it makes any sense to you.

a)I temper (lower) my expectations. (if it takes 1 year else-where, it might take 5 years here).

b)I take regular breaks from work.(re-charge my batteries, go trekking,get in touch with our basics).

c)I regularly leave my businesses in the hands of capable lieutenants (delegate-empower-partner)

d) I stopped trying to change people and started accepting people for who they are. (hard for entrepreneurs to come to terms with, but has been a valuable lesson to me, concentrate on the positive – there is too much negative in Nepal to bring you down).

e) I try create environments that induces people to change themselves. (Extremely hard, but is the only way to go, if you seek to bring sustainable change – a big gamble).

f) I only stay close to relatives who are progressive and support my ‘entrepreneurship’. I run away from “Nepal sucks” relatives. I stay away from “Yestai ho” ones (those who believe in status

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Be simply good at what you do. Meet Chandra Maharzan

Meet Chandra from Wpshoppe.com

I have had the pleasure to work with him closely for a lot of years and he is a classic example about doing things that you are great at and create a niche market for a small business entrepreneur.

Basically here is what he does.
Chandra makes beautiful website themes (designs) for WordPress powered websites. And his designs has become quite popular in the WordPress community. Here is his website. (wpshoppe.com)
He makes enough to spend an obscene amount of time on his lifelong passions, music, guitars and  photography! So there you go. You don’t have to dream big, to live your life the way you want
A young nepali guy living in the heart of kathmandu, is thriving online, has home office and has enough time for his family and passions and speaking his mouth off in Facebook !

If we can have a critical mass of Nepalis like Chandra doing their own impressive endeavor creating their identities in niche markets, we will turn around Nepal in no time!  One way I am helping in creating this eco-system is through this group called “Entrepreneurs for

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Top ten challenges with human resources in Nepal

So here is a  list of challenges faced while managing associates while running Digital Max Solutions, a Website development company and an online branding firm.

1) People take the job as a training first – execution of their responsibilities second(they are less inclined to feel responsible for their jobs). So tell them bluntly about this distinction when you hire them.

2) Competent manpower are hard to retain for more than a year. Expect short term. Build for mid term, hope for long term. Try calling employees —> associates. Show them you mean that. It may make all the difference.

3) Some people work hard to impress you during the early months of their career with you, and then once they win your trust, start slacking off noticeably (intentionally /unintentionally). So build regular incentive packages and compare their contribution with new people regularly (through statistics, earnings etc)

4) In Kathmandu, you would have to invest most of your resources on infrastructure management, insurance and backup/security of the infrastructure, leaving not much resources for human resources trainings and career development. The only option here is build environment where they can learn

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