Things You Need To Know About Freelancing


For many of us, freelancing seems like a dream come true. We get to set our own deadlines, take on work when we feel necessary and most importantly, we get to be our own boss. Not to mention, we decide how much we want to work and when we want to work. It could be seven in the morning or ten at night. Nobody is going to question us because we no longer have to get up early in the morning the next day, get dressed and go somewhere. We can now “officially” be in our pajamas all day and drink as much coffee as we want. Or even go to a café and work from there.

But we also need to know that freelancing full-time isn’t for everyone. Some people genuinely thrive in an office environment where they can exchange ideas with other colleagues, connect and even, hang out after work. You need to see what your inner disposition is and the kind of life you want to lead. If that means, working independently and spending a lot of time by yourself, then sure, by all means, we encourage you to try freelancing. Because believe it or not, once you are a freelancer, alone is something you will be quite a lot.

But to become a successful freelancer, you need a lot of self-discipline, because gone are the days when you had a boss who nagged you to get things done. In fact, now, you may not even have to meet anyone for days or months. Most of your communication will be done over e-mail. You will have to deal with clients and learn to negotiate. This may seem scary at first because you may end up worrying about the amount of work coming your way every month and whether or not, it’s sufficient to pay the bills and live comfortably. So before you take the plunge, we suggest you put aside some money for these initial days or months. With time, that will change. Because you will learn how to create your own client base and start getting regular work.

Oh, and one last thing, not all clients will pay you on time or at all so learn to ask for an advance before you take on a new project.

6 Reasons Why I had A Rocking Internship At A Startup


So I just completed my 2nd year of engineering college, which means I already am 50% an engineer! To explore beyond the books (and for fun) I applied for internships online and quite unexpectedly few companies wrote back to me. I was so thrilled! After an interview I received my offer letter from Peepal Software Solutions.

Although interning for big companies may sound like a more preferable and secure option, interning with a startup is an incredible experience. In fact my friends interning in bigger companies couldn’t agree to this more! Here are the reasons why I had so much fun during my internship at a startup:

1. You don’t have to worry about shirts and trousers- Being a girl, the first thing that came to my mind on receiving the offer letter was whether I have to buy formal wear or not! When I asked the team, they actually laughed at my question. The work environment is so chill out there.



2. You are treated as an equal- I actually felt important for the first time there! I got to attend a lot of meetings with all the amazingly experienced people. My opinions were always considered and even asked for. I addressed everyone by their name. Not once did I feel that I wasn’t a part of the team.



3. You work hard and party harder- The team lunch where we made fun of the director and an intern all at the same time, is something no other workplace can provide. I believe those were the best parts of the day. In the hope my mother doesn’t read this, Friday nights ended with us dancing, singing and laughing till our stomach ached.



4. You grow in your field- When I joined the company I had a very basic understanding of the required concepts but as I was given more responsibilities and I surpassed levels that I thought was beyond my capability. When you see a project you were a part of, take shape, you have a new confidence in yourself. This feeling isn’t achievable by even the best training in a big company. What I accomplished here is priceless and obviously I brag about it!



5. First timers- I actually had a lot of my first timers while interning. Like my first interview for a magazine (by another intern), my first cameo on TV, my first Vietnamese food, my first salary (that’s what I am choosing to call my stipend), my first Karaoke and some more that I cannot mention… Also, this happens to be my FIRST blog!



6.You find a family- My family is not in the same city and I stay in the college hostel, but I hardly missed home in all these months. I got really close to each one of my team mates in a very short span of time!


Honestly, this was the best decision I have ever taken. It was a pleasure being a part of Peepal. I wish I could relive every moment I spent here. 

Written By: Rozelle Jain

In which Pawan, Oscar and Arun decided to startup

How it really began

The year was 2005. My friend from my SP Jain years, Amit Saxena (now a major mover-shaker at Epsilon) shot me an email saying His friend, (intentional capital H. At SP, Amit was called amIT as he was considered a minor tech deity) Pawan was relocating to Bangalore and that I’d enjoy his company.

I was running a medical BPO company out of Tampa FL and Bangalore then, but beer with someone sent my way by Amit was always on. Minor tech God & yours truly had spent many an evening at B-school contemplating and planning tech-led business ventures between 2000-02.

Pawan had just moved to town to build Mobile Apps for Samsung’s native OS. So I met the handsome gent on the stairs to Mojo’s, opposite the old Opera House. What followed was an engaging evening mostly centered around business ideas that were driven by tech.

And then..

What also followed was a few years of similar meetings every 2-3 months. Around the middle of 2010, Pawan, who had over the years joined IIM B’s exec MBA program and also started Peepal Software part-time to service some embedded systems clients in Japan asked me to consider joining him in starting up together.

We started meeting a few of times a week at the Barista on the 80 feet road in Koramangla to think up, trash and refine possibilities. At one of these early meetings he introduced me to Oscar, his batchie at IIM B. Oscar and me got along famously immediately, and I’m glad to report that it has stayed the same.

Building together

In the space of 3 weeks we had nailed down a few ideas that looked promising enough to pursue.

And somewhere in the space of those 3 weeks of conversations and arguments we had signed an unwritten contract to work together at building products we’d be proud off.

The first one turned out to be infraSTAT, our telecom infra management platform that has been used by clients like Airtel, Vodafone, NSN and Eaton Towers over the last 4 years. But more on that in another post!

The Millennials Are Changing The Way We View Technology


You’ve seen them. At the bus station or the malls, with their heads down and eyes stuck to their smartphones. Even though they are together in groups, they don’t make direct eye contact or utter any sounds to each other except to share a video or a Facebook post, since each is immersed in his or her own text message conversation or social media exchange. It’s no surprise that some of them may even be texting each other, even though they may be just a few feet away.

So what does the millennial generation mean for technology makers? In a way, it means that interactive technologies, from smartphones to websites to mobile apps, need to step-up and provide the most usable, self-guided, hiccup-free, efficient user experiences in history. Contrary to popular belief that millennials can make anything work, their expectations for slick user experiences are the highest ever.

That’s not all. The millennials also affect the way we now work. It is said that the millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) will most likely make up about 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. Furthermore, according to a survey by the Business Insider and News To LiveBy, 37 percent of the millennials left their first job just after two years. Needless to add, this puts a lot of pressure on today’s employers and the way they engage with their workforce. Because nearly 78 percent of millennials are strongly influenced by how innovative a company is when deciding if they want to work for a particular organization.

This means that even our place of work needs to create a setting where technology plays a vital role. Whether it’s video conferencing or off-site wellness programs, companies will have to step-up and create an environment for a generation that’s changing the game using technology.

The Power of a Yes Mind: Say No to No!




Do you remember being a little kid? The time when everything seemed possible. Every new discovery was fascinating and worthy of our time. In fact, we looked forward to new experiences so they could broaden our way of seeing the world and all that it offers.


But as adults, we’ve somehow lost that ability. We’ve stopped telling ourselves that anything is possible. The mere idea of it is embarrassing to say the least and we hold back. This holding back is nothing but telling ourselves that we can’t do anything we set out to do. This not only limits us but also our ability to move forward and achieve newer goals.




It’s time we consciously made an effort to forget the word ‘no’. It’s time to wise up. It’s time to get your passion back and say ‘YES!’ to all that life offers you. We are not saying that it’s easy, but that’s what makes it worth doing. It requires saying no to that voice in your head that holds you back and then, go ahead and do whatever it is you wanted to do anyway. Fear is powerful, we agree, but your will to overcome that fear is even more powerful.




The work you need to begin with is the inner work that is absolutely necessary to manifest your dreams. Effective inner work brings your passionate sparkle back. And you start the inner work by exposing the harmful echoes of no that intimidate you.




The more you exercise the power of Yes, the more comfortable you get with saying yes to things. This mindset is especially great for people at work. Who doesn’t want to work with someone who is positive and passionate? The answer is everyone. The power of a yes mind is powerful and once you say yes to everything, chances are you’ll rub that on to other people around you too. Believe us when we say this because we’ve seen it happen here at Peepal. We are all a bunch of ‘yes’ people and are proud of it!

Growing trend of startups in India

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Even though your parents or friends might tell you to be safe and get a ‘real job’, don’t allow others to dissuade you from launching a startup if YOU believe that it will work.

Perhaps the first question that may get raised when you tell your friends and family that you are interested in a startup is, ‘Do you know enough?’ And the answer may be that you don’t. It’s impossible to know about anything thoroughly until you try it yourself and improvise as you go along.


Then, there’s the question of whether or not you’d be taken seriously because of your lack of experience. The answer to which again is a No. Because the truth is that if you are young and ambitious, people will take the time to listen to you. If in your heart, you believe that you have a good idea and have enough passion to see it through, chances are you are more likely to succeed than fail.


In October 2014, India’s fastest growing e-commerce startup Snapdeal raised $627 million at a reported valuation of over $2 billion. At the same time, India’s Uber-style service, Ola raised $210 million while being valued at over $1 billion in under 3 years. Then in December, India’s largest online retailer Flipkart raised another $700 million at over a $11 billion valuation. In January 2015, India’s online restaurant guide Zomato bought US based startup Urbanspoon for over $50 million, making this deal the largest purchase of a US-based internet company by an Indian startup. Obviously, a startup isn’t a bad idea after all.

According to an article in Firstpost, India is home to 3,000 tech startups, the fourth largest base for young businesses in the world. And according to NASSCOM, it is expected that this base will increase to 11,500 tech startups by 2020. Geographically, Bangalore and National Capital Region (NCR) tops the chart for being home to maximum number of young businesses.

According to NASSCOM, 10,000 Startups program, the positive changes in the Indian startup ecosystem, has led the way for 3 trends that are shaping the Indian economy with a potential to shake things up: Digitization, faster innovation cycles, and the rise of young, ambitious talent.

Don’t let anything stop you, if you think your idea is the Next Big Thing!

Are you a Linchpin?

Linchpins are people like you and me. But what sets them apart from the rest is the fact that these people are indispensable to an organization. It’s not because they own the organization, but because they bring to the table that one quality which no one else does. You want to know what that is? It’s the ability to figure out what to do when there’s no rule book.

We are not kidding. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. They may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Here are the reasons Why?

1. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. This not only bring out the best in them but also motivates everyone around.


2. They love their work. They pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.

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3. They take initiatives and do not wait for instructions.


4.They ask difficult questions. They are not intimidated by authority or doubt.


5. They push themselves and their peers and even their bosses to give their best.


6. They don’t spend hours mulling over how bad a situation is. They look at it as an opportunity for growth and dive right in.


7. They are not afraid to work all night and then, show up at work at 9 am the next day.


8. They are not afraid of asking for a raise.  They know they have earned it.


9. They take time off when they need to because they know that they deserve it.


10. They never fear when the organization is downsizing because the management knows that these are the people who are going to help build the organization all over again.

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Every day, we meet people who have so much to offer but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw our own map. And ask ourselves if we want to be a Linchpin? If the answer is yes, how far are we willing to go for it?

5 Awesome Tips To Unleash The Power Of Taking Breaks At Work

Taking a break from work is an important part of being productive at work. But most often, we end up missing out or intentionally not taking a break. Does not taking a break from work results in more work being done? The answer is NO. Having regular breaks allows for physical and mental rest to be taken.

Many studies have shown that taking regular breaks helps to revive workers who are able to then perform at a more optimum level when they return to work. Here are some easy tips that we follow

1. Stretch it Out– Feeling stiff? Don’t be lazy. A little stretch can give you that much needed energy boost and keep you going.

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2. Grab a Towel– Splash some cold water onto your face to get that a fresh hydrated feeling.

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3. Talk it Out– Instead of emailing your co-workers, walk up to their desks and talk in person. This small walk will give you a break from the screen and refresh your mind.

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4. Take a Catnap– Sometimes the best way to take a break is shutting those tired eyes. Snooze for 10 mins to give your body and mind a break.

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5. Turn up the volume– Listen to your favorite tunes. Listening to music while working at times helps you focus more. But dont forget to put your headphones on!


Breaks are not only necessary to refresh our minds, but also to help us retain information and make better connections. So what are you waiting for? Get up. Breaks are gooooood!

Some of the most successful people started as interns!

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Yes, that’s right. Many successful people started their careers as interns. A wealth of knowledge, extensive opportunities and a foot in that dream job’s door can only describe one thing: internships. Even a majority of us started our career (when we didn’t even use the term career) with an internship, which not only gave us a glimpse of what the real world looks like, but also gave us a chance to climb the career ladder.

Turns out, contrary to popular belief, an internship isn’t all about grabbing coffee and making copies. It’s also about stepping out of your comfort zone for the first time. Kind of like an initiation into the real world. And it’s about saying yes to a challenge that might change your life forever. It’s about knowing deep down what it feels like to be an adult and discovering a side to you that you didn’t even know existed before. More importantly, it’s about getting rid of pre-conceived notions about what work life is really about.

Internships lend you a whole new perspective. One that cannot be found in school or college. Through books or teachers. Because this right here, is where you learn about work and commitment and deadlines. And use your talents and skills to the best of your ability to create something worthwhile.

Did you know that child model and actress Brooke Shields once had an internship at the San Diego Zoo? Pretty cool, right? Wait. There’s more. Before Tom Hanks was a movie star, he was a college kid interning for the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. The internship turned into a three-year gig, which gave him the space to learn. As a result, he dropped out of college because he felt he no longer needed formal theater education. He was learning enough on the job. Even Mindy Kaling got her first break as an intern at the Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Last but not least, the computer genius Steve Jobs called the Hewlett-Packard president William Hewlett to, ‘ask for parts for a high school project’. Hewlett gave Jobs the necessary equipment as well as a summer internship with his company. This was also where Jobs met Steve Wozniak.

Chances are your first real collaborator is waiting for you too. All you need to do is find that perfect internship. Meant just for you!

And who knows, that perfect internship might even be here at Peepal.

Are your co-workers passionate about the work they do?


Passion is defined as a powerful emotion or feeling. Feeling such as love or hate. For us at Peepal, passion is what drives us to create and then, create again the next morning. It’s what fuels our lives and gives it meaning. If someone asked us, ‘Would you do what you do for a living, even if you didn’t get paid to do it?’ We’d say, ‘Hell yeah’. And mean it.

But one person alone cannot drive passion for an organization. It’s a collective effort.

Effort is probably not the right term to describe what we are saying. Happening sounds more like it. It’s a collective happening. Each one of us has an important role to play for this happening to come to life. Even if one person felt disconnected from the work or the space or the people, chances are we won’t succeed. This is what we believe in because we know from experience that this works.

You’re probably thinking that this is a bit of an exaggeration. Passion can’t be that important. But trust us, it is. Real work only happens when everyone in the organization chooses to lean in. Lean in to give support, to create and to make sure they are there till the end. Of course, we all come with different skills and our own ability to absorb and contribute. No two people can contribute to a project or an idea the same way. That’s not what we mean. It’s the attitude that matters. That attitude of ‘I am here, I am available because I believe in us’ is what creates the shift. Within people and within organizations.

That’s what creates a favorable environment for ideation and creation of work worth being proud of. And of course, we are proud of the work we do.