It doesn’t have to be a dog’s life: Pranita Balar
She learned a great deal on her corporate jobs. But Pranita wanted more and took up canine training and behaviour as a career.
Barking up the wrong career
Pranita Balar found her time in the corporate world a great learning experience. “I worked in some four companies over a span of three years, spending a considerable amount of my time as a Media Planner,” she says. “It helped me hone my people skills, organisational skills and crisis management abilities. So, I don’t regret any of it. But after a couple of months on each job, I kept facing the question ‘what next?’.” She says she found jobs becoming stagnant after a while, either because she’d exhausted her learning, because the challenge was no longer there or because she wanted to do more, contribute more in unconventional ways.
Having a ‘this is it!’ moment
So, on an impulse, she took up a course in Canine Training & Behaviour. “Until the last day of the course, I had no idea I would be setting up a canine business,” Pranita says. “I had, of course, joined the course out of curiosity and to look for a change. After I did my first training session with a ‘real’ client is when it dawned on me: This is it! So, I quit my full-time job to start BarknBond.” She didn’t have a 3-year or 5-year plan when she started. “I just took the plunge with enough savings to strive for 6 months and took my days as they came. After a year into the business, is when I started adding services and making my business plan with the old school mission and vision,” she says.
Turning a passion into a paycheck
Though her new line of work involves constantly working with canines, Pranita had never had a pet of her own before. “I was at a phase in my career where I was looking for change - not just yet another change in job, but a change in profession. I was bored doing those media and marketing jobs and I knew if I changed company then 6 months later, I would be at the same point. Hence, I started noting down my likes and my interests - and dogs was one of them,” she says.
While her new career brings her immense satisfaction she’s had to face the challenges of how to spread knowledge among pet parents on why training is important and also to convince her family that BarknBond is a viable career choice.
Taking the leap of faith
Advice for people who want to chase their passion? I know quite a few people who want to follow their passion but are scared to lose a fixed income. It can never be well planned and you will never know the true consequences unless you try. Have enough savings, be ready to cut down on your expenses and take the leap of faith. If you have confidence in yourself and your skills, you are bound to succeed.”
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