We had the good fortune of connecting with Jai Bhatt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jai, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I never wanted to take permission to take leave from work, hence I created my own business so never have to ask anyone for any permission

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started working in IT industry as a freelancer in 2007, and was doing small and odd projects along with my full time job. Kept on working in creating designs for website, logo, brochures, etc till when in 2012 I got nice client aboard and from there it started changing everything, it’s NASA. A instructor from NASA approached me with a very complex design for graphics and presentation, and until now we have made a huge success. It will be a decade on 21 Nov 2021 while working with them and they are really very co-operative and subtle in their work ethics.

My father had a dream to get me see study in USA and working in NASA, he passed away when I was very young but now when I am still working remotely for NASA I feel I have made my dad proud.

After started working from them started creating website for a photographer and after about 5 project I was approached by team of Keldamuzik for their website in 2014. And here we are since then we have created multiple projects for Kelda.

The big thing I learnt about creative industry is when first I have started I was bit scared of how much should I charge for my designs, what type of design would go with what looks, would it be fine if my designs are rejected, etc. I would say to all artist big blunt and yeah take a good prices for your services or work but make sure you’re giving your more then 100%, then your client not only happily pay you but will also bring you more business and that’s the secret it helped me to grow.

In 2017 finally 10 years after starting work I got my business name registered as “Ekta Corporation”. Hahaha….. then name EKTA here is India is like a common name of a girl so many people asked me why Ekta and is there any girl or lady behind Ekta? And my answer is, NO. I wanted name as “Unity Corporation” but was not available so choose hindi language to name it Unity : In hindi EKTA means unity.

Here my personal life comes to play role, my mother was the only lady that supported in my business in 2015 where I was going through bad phase. She gave all her finances to back my business and when I took last time, I told her that this is very last time I am taking, and from then I never took any financial help and helped her get retire and now she is enjoying her blissful days and made here owner of the company. Still there are some major decisions made by her in the company.

Right now at Ekta Corporation we are team of 5, and I am looking forward to do expand soon with Exports services I have started in USA.

Last but not the least, as Elon Musk once said to learn anything nowadays it’s free, colleges are just for fun. This is totally right as I just went to a high school, never went to college yet I am doing well then my other school mates.

My idols are : Robert Downey Jr., Colonel Harland Sanders, Ratan Tata, Dr Abdul Kalam and Elon Musk

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This totally depends on what type of friend is visiting, still below are details: If adventure : Take to Boot Camp and can have weekend fun with food, activities such as paintball, gokart, zipline, rock climbing, etc
If calm: Sit by River front at dawn or in late evening
If historical : To to the heritage view on my city recognized by UNESCO
If cultural : Take to authentic Food court run by local persons, and market which sells hand crafted clothes and antiques

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Vidhi Bhatt | Phoenix Trips Co-Founder

Website: ektacorporation.com

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