He left the company to run a nursery in the hills and now earns Rs 30L / year
For years, Sachin Kothari, born in Dehradun, lived a life stuck in the corporate rut. “I worked in Delhi between 2008 and 2011 and changed four companies during my stint. Each time the business was better and I got a raise. But working with giant corporations and multinational corporations made me realize that my hectic and stressful professional life would never change, ”he says. The best India.
The former management professional says that despite organizational changes, the work culture has remained the same. “I worked odd hours, attended meetings on weekends, and followed an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle. I spent the majority of my working hours staring at the laptop screen and achieving endless goals, which affected my health, ”said the 37-year-old.
Sachin quickly realized that he was not made for corporate life. “I started looking for alternatives. I was inspired by my brother-in-law, who owned a nursery in Dehradun. I spent most of my free time at his place and found it to be an interesting business proposition, ”he adds.
This “interesting business proposition” is now making Sachin lakhs per month, without the burden of a hectic lifestyle. We caught up with Sachin to see how he had started over.
Germination of failure
Sachin says he researched and planned the establishment of the nursery meticulously. He roped up a friend who owned a piece of land, and they both decided to invest a sum of Rs 6 lakh.
“I organized Rs 1.5 lakh of my savings and borrowed an equal amount from my father. My friend invested another Rs 3 lakh and we created the Dev Bhoomi nursery. In 2012, I quit my job and started nursery school, ”he recalls.
However, without proper guidance and support, Sachin and his friend failed in their first attempt. The plants died and despite repeated attempts he was unable to identify the mixture of soil, coconut peat and fertilizer required. Losing confidence in the business, his friend gave up, leaving Sachin alone to run the business. Sachin’s parents asked him to find a job and return to business. “But I wasn’t ready to give up on my dreams yet. I consulted my brother-in-law, experts and online media to learn more about saplings, creating an optimal environment, and a fertile soil mix to grow them. I no longer had a choice, ”he adds.
Sachin spent the next three years rebuilding the nursery. “I learned on the job and started by creating seedlings and transferring them to pots. I have relied on insecticides and pesticides to prevent pest infestations. In 2015, I rented land in Sarkhet, about 9 miles outside of town, and eventually purchased 1,500 square feet of space nearby. I could now afford a new team and hired assistants, ”he said.
Today, he sells more than 20 varieties of flowers such as marigold, petunia, osteospermum and pansy, as well as vegetables like broccoli, tomato, bok choy, brinjal and cauliflower, which earns him Rs 30 lakh per year. He says the plants are in great demand in nearby cities like Saharanpuri, Ghaziabad, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, and Amritsar.
Despite the challenges of weather, pests and plant infections, Sachin says he has been able to establish a 100% profit model for himself. “Initially, I had to deal with high plant mortality with fungi, infections and other diseases. They continue to this day, but I can effectively manage the infestations. Customers want a healthy plant, and close monitoring and surveillance helps achieve expected results and efficient plant growth, ”says Sachin.
He says he has also encountered difficulties raising funds and obtaining loans.
Either way, his decision to quit and start again favored him and allowed him to live a comfortable life. “I paid off my loans, bought land and a car. I don’t have to rush to the office and decide my working hours. Plus, I don’t spend weird hours reaching goals. I live a luxurious life in a clean, pollution-free environment while earning lakhs per month, ”he says.
He adds, “I’m glad my life doesn’t revolve around a laptop. I have no regrets and thank myself every day for the decision I have made.
Edited by Divya Sethu