Meet Himanshu Kalra, Co-Founder of Gigzo, A Startup that will help you say goodbye to your temporary staffing woes
StartupEd had an exclusive interview with Himanshu Kalra, Co-Founder of Gigzo. Read his inspiring journey below.
Tell me a little bit about your venture. What inspired you to start your venture?
Gigzo is an on-demand temporary staffing platform for businesses to fill hourly or daily staff needs immediately. We solve the last mile staffing problems for big companies as well as small-to-medium businesses (think merchandising, eCommerce fulfilment, event staffing, hotel housekeeping, retail and sales staff etc). Gigzo helps companies to manage unpredictability by augmenting their existing labour force with hourly to daily gigsters who can work immediately and do the job.
What stimulated us is a story. At our previous venture finish-it (B2C hyperlocal concierge startup), we were not making enough money to sustain ourselves. We were desperately looking for a solution and what we realised was people were giving us calls to help them with temporary staff. It took us no more than 3 days to bring in our first client, and serve them. We started working on our own, did deliveries, worked in retail, served in warehouses and we were loving it. We made decent money and thought let’s give it a try.
Entrepreneurship is all about problem-solving. For E.g. – A young guy couldn’t find a taxi, he founded UBER which transformed the way people commute. What is the problem set you are working with?
Let me explain this beautiful journey with an example.
One of the greatest joys derived from working at GigZo is hearing the stories of our gigsters.
Often, they tell us about the opportunities they get on GigZo, and how they have impacted by them. We’d like to share one such instance.
One of our gigsters is Navjot, who isn’t a controversial politician but a simple man who grew up in a middle-class family in Punjab. From the very childhood, he was inspired by the world of glamour and wanted to become a model. So, when he grew up, he did what any other reasonable person would do in this country. He went to Mumbai, the city of Dreams.
Following your dreams is a noble pursuit, but when it comes to making ends meet, Mumbai can be merciless. He too realized this stark reality soon and decided to move to Gurugram, but it wasn’t cheap either. Now that he was 26, he neither could take money from his family nor could he take up a full-time job, but he needed money to sustain his dream of being a model.
He was desperately looking for a solution when he stumbled upon GigZo.We received a message from him on Instagram, we did a background check and took him onboard.
Till date, he has been working with us, for about 10 days a month, working in various events, promotions, warehouses, and retail. He doesn’t need to take a fulltime job and can sustain himself in this city pursuing his dreams.
This is something we love and we are in the business of generating stories on the ground.
What are your plans for growth?
We have a pretty simple plan. Grow 32 times every month, increasing tech efficiency, operational excellence and number of customers we are talking to.
What is the biggest mistake you have made in your journey and if you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
We can’t comment on the biggest one as we made a lot of mistakes and believe that making mistakes helps us grow. We are still making a ton of them daily and learning at a much faster pace.
We all love this business ecosystem so immensely that one thing we would love to do differently would be starting much earlier.
This is a hypothetical situation- imagine that you can invite anyone for dinner and they would surely accept your invitation. Who would you invite and why?
Now, that’s a tough question as we all founders would give a different answer to it. Me(Himanshu) would invite Jack Ma, Abhishek would love to invite Elon Musk and Rajat has always been an admirer of Steve Jobs. He would love to do some magic and bring him for dinner.
What is that one piece of advice you would like to give to all the entrepreneurs out there?
As it is said there is no room for mistakes when you start a company, but what we have realized is that in order to grow, you need to learn from your mistakes. Focus and patience are the keys.
There will be days when you will be disappointed thinking if you should even do it and there will be days when you will be proud of yourself. Be proud and happy that you have taken this step and is leading somewhere. You will be fine!