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Vaya Bundawi

The Beginning

Progress of Work

Due to some technical error, I was not given an access to edit this blog previously. However, now I have attained the access to do so, and thus I am editing the blog today. So, this post will update the progress of work that I have been doing so far.

Sunday, 8 October 2016.
I went to try on the printing of photo onto the wood, which turned out to be a failure as can be seen from the picture below. This was because I used the wrong materials namely mod podge and handicraft varnish which were wrong as I should use gel medium instead. However, this failure led my group and I to realise that we forgot to buy gel medium. Thus, we moved on and bought the gel medium on the following day to try to build the prototype again.
From this, I learnt that sometime, it is important to pay attention to details. It is because through the detail, I could understand where I went wrong. I also learnt to keep trying despite the failure.
On the same day, I also did a research on the Red dot museum - MAAD. This is to find out the criteria and price to be able to book a place there.

Monday, 9 October 2016.
I looked for some wood suppliers and checked their website to see the products and services they offer. If they offer the products and services that our group needed, I jot down their email. This is done, so we could email them and ask them further.

Last Post

posted 9 Mar 2017, 08:55 by VAYA BUNDAWI

This might be the end of the MiE ET9135, but, it is not the end of the business. ET9135 is one of the most challenging and without doubt the most tiring module that I have ever taken.

From the start, some of my friends opposed the idea of me taking MiE which scare me as I did not know what lie ahead, but as someone who is very interested in entrepreneurship, I gave it a go. Now, I have come to the end of the journey and after all this roller coaster ride, I am still interested to be my own boss in the future.

This journey is full of ups and downs, but I am thankful of having the co-founders along side me through this journey. They had become more than close friends through this journey. They were the one who motivated me, kept me going and made this journey enjoyable despite the busy schedule. Through this, I have learnt that co-founders could lean on each other and in the process, push each other to work harder to achieve our goals.

Through this journey, I have learnt a lot about entrepreneurship. Often time, I heard about the struggle of having a start-up, but now that I have experienced it, I could better relate to that. Yes, I agree that entrepreneurship really need a lot of commitment and hard work. There are a lot of challenges along the way. Talking to external party to get raw materials and to market the products were tough for me, however, as I go through this journey, I learnt to step out of my comfort zone. There are still a lot of things that I have to learn, but I have learnt the "just do it" attitude from this journey.

Sometimes, asking for help would be necessary. Before this journey, I did not like to seek external helps and usually I am always in my own comfort zone where I know everything that I am doing. However, I realised that when jumping into the unknown, seeking help might not be a bad thing. It could really help to shorten the journey. For example, editing skills, asking for help did help to shorten the learning process which allow me to learn the skill quickly, so that I could focus on the more important aspect of the business.

Having a business meant that decision have to be made along the way. Sometimes, the co-founders might not agree to one decision. It is important to discuss with the co-founders and be honest on the reasons behind choosing each decision. This discussion is important to help the team in decision-making process where everyone would finally come to agreement. Furthermore, it is important that once the decision is made, it is our decision. So nobody should point finger if something goes wrong as sometimes, unexpected thing did happen.

There are a lot of things that I learnt through this journey and I did not regret taking this minor. It was a good experience. Lastly, I want to say thank you Adrian and Roderick for guiding us through this journey.

Scrubbing

posted 4 Mar 2017, 08:38 by VAYA BUNDAWI

It is a recess week, yet the team is still working on the business. In fact, I had just scrubbed 2 orders that the team has previously stuck, on Friday during our meeting. Doing this business made me realise that starting a company is a serious matter that have to be handled professionally. There are a lot of commitment and effort put in, especially when it is a handcrafted business. Also, it made me realise that there is no break or holiday during the start up phase.

Compromise and Time Management

posted 23 Feb 2017, 08:39 by VAYA BUNDAWI

I have always plan my day, but lately due to this business, my plan tend to be disturbed. Sometimes, I had to postpone or even worse cancel my plan just to make time to meet the urgent job. From this last few weeks, I learnt that I just have to do it, be ready to be called to cover the job when the other team members were busy and when things did not go according to the plan, and I am sure my team members did the same when I was busy. However, this period made me realise that sometimes, compromise is needed. The team are in this together, so we just have to cover each other's back.

Also, I learnt that even though my plan is disturbed, I have to work with the time I have left. This few days, I have been going back and forth taking wood, prints, gel medium and so on from the team members. It was not easy, but there is always something to learn throughout the process.

Business week

posted 17 Feb 2017, 06:17 by VAYA BUNDAWI

Despite the fact that it is a busy week academically as there are midterm and quizzes, it is also a busy week for our business as it coincide with Valentine's day. As such, I have to coordinate with the rest of the team members to get the print, stick it immediately and scrub it subsequently. There were a lot of rushing job being done just to get the orders delivered before Valentine's Day. However, it really teaches me to manage my time properly. It was a busy week but it is a fulfilling one.

Adventure

posted 11 Feb 2017, 08:42 by VAYA BUNDAWI

Today, again, the team rushed to deliver orders. As such, I have to get the woods from Shweta to be delivered. One is to be delivered through SingPost, while the order has to be sent directly to the customer's door due to unexpected delay on our part. Due to this, I have to change my plan to make this delivery possible. Fortunately, it was all done smoothly.

Also, I went to Art Friend again to get the gel medium as our supply is running low. Afterwards, I sticked the several orders that we have gotten through U-Flea.

Busy Time

posted 10 Feb 2017, 05:35 by VAYA BUNDAWI

This is the busy period for our business as we are having booth for U-Flea and MAAD. So, from Wednesday, I have already scrubbed some of the samples that are going to be displayed during the event, which last for several hours as there are a lot of samples made.

Yesterday and today, I open the booth and talk to people to market our product. However, it really did not end there. Today after the u-flea event, I have to drill hole for the hook (as a mean of hanging as requested by the customers) on the orders that are needed to be delivered, in which I have to request a help from my friend. Also, afterwards, I have to go to Jurong Point to search for the hook as the remaining hooks are with Monisha and she is at MAAD event. It was a busy last few days, and we are also going to have a busier days ahead, as orders are coming in for Valentine's Day.

Hectic weekend

posted 5 Feb 2017, 04:33 by VAYA BUNDAWI

Yesterday, I actually have an event to attend to, but instead I have to take a finished order from Shweta and go to Jurong East to pass the order to Nathaniel. This is because the order has to be delivered on the day itself. Fortunately, the team could delivered the order on time. I take this as a lesson, next time, the order should be done a few days before the delivery time and be kept by respective member from whom the orders have to be taken from.

Today, I went to art friends to buy raw materials. This is to prepare ourselves for U-Flea and MAAD in the coming week. Also, for these events, I have been searching for sample pictures that should be imprinted on wood, to be sold during the events. Hopefully, these events help to boost our sales.

Keep Working

posted 1 Feb 2017, 08:55 by VAYA BUNDAWI

Sometimes, I find it hard to balance this business with school work. However, I still try my best to manage both. Yesterday, I sticked some new orders, so that the orders could be delivered on time. Also, I went to Jurong Point to print the photo for the 8"x10" order that needs to be delivered soon. Even though, it is such a rush, but I believe the team would be able to manage.

U-Flea Application

posted 24 Jan 2017, 04:31 by VAYA BUNDAWI

After filling in the google form stating that the team is interested to become the student vendor, an email with application form was sent back. Yesterday, the team filled in the application form, so that we could proceed. So, today, I sent the application form back after some clarification with the in-charge. Now, the team is waiting for the reply whether our application is successful.

Experience

posted 21 Jan 2017, 07:52 by VAYA BUNDAWI

Yesterday, I tried to get the orders ready to be printed by editing some of the orders. As such, I went to print all of the orders this evening so that we could start working on the orders. It felt really like a company, where everyone has their own part to play, but still the team is trying to make the process smoother.

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