Bilal Ahmed Shah, founder of Latido Leathers is a person of sheer determination and a go-getter. A person who loves to experiment and find the appropriate solution. A person who always has his eyes set on the bigger picture and encourages others do so. He lives by the believe that it is okay not to get everything right at once but at the same time thinks how can it be corrected and recommends others to do the same.
WHEN was your ROCK BOTTOM and how did you RISE ABOVE it?
It was around 3 years ago when I came back from Bangalore after leaving my engineering studies. I vividly remember that night; it was a friday night and I came home late; like REALLY late. That night my father had it enough and he gave the truest form of reality check; I went to my room and I thought about it; HELL I cried and I said to myself that this idleness is enough and this has to stop right away. This night was the night I decided to turn my life around and I am glad that I took that decision and stuck to it.
How did the idea of becoming a manufacturer emerge?
My dad was already in the leather business and during my study in india he had talked with me about closing the shop and eventually he did due to the lack of sustainability. So, when I came back and decided to turn my life around I came to the decision that I would start with this very business; the leather business. The driving factors were that I grew around my dad’s business and I have knowledge about it. To top that off I have my father as my mentor who knows the inside out of the business, which would of a great help as his insight is too valuable not to have.
Can you share the story of YOU and your FIRST CLIENT?
SURE. It had been 10-15 days that I had LATIDO LEATHERS registered and I had only shared the news about my company to very close circle of friends. It was just another work day for me and I was riding my scooter and that one call from him asking for a leather jacket changed my whole day; him is Niraj Rana who was my first customer and he still orders a jacket a year and is one of the precious customers of mine.
In your opinion, what do you think is/are the reason(s) that throws entrepreneurs off?
As an entrepreneur you will be expecting results but the thing is the outcome takes time, patience and hard work; the problem lies in the demand of quick results. It happened to me as well but I realized that it is the action and the work that you do that will pay-off. To think is very easy but to implement it and work on it is challenging. You have to come clean to yourself about what you can and cannot do. You have to build up your patience; it is much needed.
What are your learning(s) from your entrepreneurial journey?
Be very realistic; its okay if things are going wrong.
Don’t over promise yourself.
Start taking actions; if you are just observing then the knowledge that you have is of no use. Put in the work and start implementing what you have learned.
What do you think is MOST IMPORTANT while starting any kind of business?
What I have realized is having a team is really important and building a culture of productivity and sharing responsibilities is really the way to go. The next thing is of execution. Execute your ideas; give life to the idea that is laying on a piece of paper or that is occupying your mind.
Any opportunity to work with you in your present or future ventures?
Definitely; this year I am looking on building my team. So if anyone out there is interested to work with me hit me up on: Bilal Ahmed Shah
A person that you would recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs and those on their entrepreneurial journey?
Written by Sagar