As Kashmir is reeling under unemployment crisis with more and more qualified youth finding it difficult to get a government job in Kashmir Valley while as a matter of fact the private sector here is not so vibrant and potent to provide employment opportunities to major chunk of educated youth, yet there are young men who are creating their own opportunities and trying to be self-sufficient by launching their own ventures. These youth not only create employment opportunities for others but also create a niche for themselves in competitive markets. We had a colloquy with a budding youth who left multiple jobs and launched his own Saloon in Kashmir capital Srinagar.
“The Colour Lounge Luxury Saloon and Makeover Studio” is the brain child of a budding entrepreneur who hails from Natipora Srinagar. This Saloon is located at Hyderpora Bypass opposite Tata Motors. Here are the excerpts from our conversation with this budding entrepreneur Majid Rameez.
“I abdicated lucrative job in Jammu Kashmir Bank to launch my own business venture. I wanted to be self-sufficient. Instead of relying on others, its better to be independent and an employer.”
“I launched this saloon for both ladies and gentlemen because I feel fashion industry is blooming and in today’s era, a youth gives the same importance to looks and style what he gives to food. According to me food is important but styling is most important. We can skip one meal but we cannot skip styling. This is the first thing we do in the morning.”
“My Saloon is different in nature because the staffers are highly paid and professionals. We provide services to ladies and gents in separate halls using sterilize tools. The space is spacious and spick and span. A customer never forgets to visit again once he avail our services. We have some permanent customers who are highly placed in the society. We provide services to brides and grooms as well. We have made it a point to take feedback from our esteemed customers.”
“Coming from a well-to-do class family, my parents always wanted to be in the government service, but I preferred to go for business. In fact I left a lucrative job of JK bank. My parents supported me even though I don’t belong to this saloon Industry.”
“What drives me to work? The beauty industry is growing so fast! I love that I always encourage my team to try new things out and be creative. If it doesn’t work out, I’m focused to make them learn, dust myself off and try again.”
“We provide affordable luxury to our client’s. We try to cover as much as possible from the beauty industry, we offer hair cutting, waxing, nail care, skin care treatment, body care and massage and aromatherapy treatments.”
“I always encourage my staff to share their knowledge with the customers because not everyone knows the emerging trends in the industry and we must focus on maintaining a positive attitude towards each other. Also, it is very important to acknowledge your client as an individual; it builds trust and confidence in the process. Furthermore, I try to focus on communicating with my clients to avoid any misunderstanding.”