Without having a solid method of organization, it would be difficult to track the progress of a client’s project or the contacts made for them. Every company has their own process, and it is important to identify what works for you effectively and stick with it.
Moksh Popli was born and raised in New York City. As a young man, he found a passion for all things mathematics and was encouraged to pursue this by his family and teachers. His competitive side drove him to engage in multiple mathematics competitions through high school. These accomplishments led to numerous scholarships being offered by schools around the country. His heart was in New York, so he opted for Cornell University for a degree in business with a focus in finance and economics.
Just after graduation, Moksh found himself working in finance for a firm that housed some of the most dynamic and engaging businessmen and women in the industry. This gave him the unique opportunity to learn from them. Combining this with his own first-hand experience, Mr. Popli has developed an eye for business and the connections to develop a thriving support network for companies big and small.
After many years working for other firms, he finally struck out on his own in 2018. As a consultant, Moksh Popli helps companies attract investors, secure funding, and push projects forward toward success. His unique skills and connections are used to empower the companies he works with and leveraged to create individual successes. He thrives every day knowing he is helping others embrace their dreams.
When he is not working hard for his clients, Moksh is enjoying time with his wife and children. They continue to thrive in New York and look forward to branching out over time.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
Branching out on my own gives me more flexibility and allows me the opportunity to serve and support more people. Helping others find success really motivates me to get up and work every day. Doing it for myself in a way that empowers others is even more of a driver for me. When the time came to begin consulting for myself, it was an easy choice.
The name was the first one I could come up with. Perhaps not the most creative, but it does tell a person who they are dealing with and that I am available for them.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My day starts out early, as I’m sure is the case for many who work for themselves. Each morning is spent with my wife before I go into the office. My office time is spent following up with current clients, creating connections, evaluating proposals and helping my clients better what they have already developed.
I take a break for lunch and get back to it, usually by responding to emails and phone calls. By evening I make time for my family and if needed, make another call or two before bed.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I believe that researching a concept carefully, applying projections and verifying accuracy are crucial steps to identifying the viability of an idea. Once an idea has been established as viable, I take action to make it happen.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I enjoy how connected the world is and is becoming. Even a few years ago it would have been difficult to follow up with a client anywhere in the world from a home office or on the go. Today entire corporations are run from someone’s living room or home office. It’s only going to become more accepted and widespread. As it does, many people will find freedom and the ability to relax instead of stress a commute or layering in errands around that commute.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I maintain a firm organization routine. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that all things should be in their place. In this sense, it applies to all aspects of business as well. Without having a solid method of organization, it would be difficult to track the progress of a client’s project or the contacts made for them. Every company has their own process, and it is important to identify what works for you effectively and stick with it.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Start your company sooner. It has been wonderful to work for myself since I opened the consulting business. I am getting more done in less time with far less stress. While it is a good learning platform to work for someone else, if I had known how empowering and comfortable it is to do the same for myself, I would have started much sooner.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I would say one thing that few people seem to agree with me on is that politics are not the end all of all things. There are some active voices, sure, but we don’t have to give them power in our daily lives. We can create our own successes in our own worlds without bringing the negative. It’s much more fun this way.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I always stay in contact with my clients. Without them, there is no business, so my clients hear from me at least once a week, if not more often if the project we need to work on is an active one. It may only be an email or some other form of communication, but that client relationship is a valuable one and I want my clients to know they are valued.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
This may sound odd, but I have valued my family as much really much more than my clients. As I am dedicated to making time for clients, I am twice as focused on my family. By spending time with them I am recharged and better equipped to manage my clients’ needs.
You can’t spend your whole life working, although I know many entrepreneurs act as though they should. This work and more work mentality leads to burn out and poor quality of work. I don’t want to give that to my clients or my family. Instead by valuing my time with my family, recharging my joy and happiness, I am able to do better for my clients. This superior quality has proven to be an asset to those whose lives I have touched.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Finding the right partnerships can be difficult. There is a learning process in every business. For me, it was learning how to identify the right matchups for success. As much as I want to help everyone who contacts me, not everyone is a good fit for what I can do. It is a waste of their time and mine to move forward when it is not a good fit. As such, I have had to learn to redirect some potential clients elsewhere.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
If someone could create an avenue for people to learn how to develop the proposal properly before presenting it, then give them room to present it as well, it would be a great place to refer some of my potential smaller project clients to. Having a platform where people could create their proposals that angel investors can search through is a good idea. I know some are popping up, but a platform like this reaches hundreds if not thousands of people. When more people who see a proposal the better the results often are, even when it isn’t an angel investor.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
I took my wife and children out for dinner. It was a tech-free evening together, enjoying each other’s company. We laughed, played some games, and enjoyed great food. It may have been the best evening I’ve had in a while.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
My calendar is the most critical part of my day. I use it to track what needs to be done and to block off times when I have to be involved in conference calls or other time intensive items.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
I would strongly suggest picking up the Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. The information is both motivational and incredible for clarifying priorities. Picking the most important priorities really ensures you are spending your time the best way possible.
What is your favorite quote?
If you can think it, you can do it.
I can’t recall who said it, but it has stuck with me for a while. It can be motivating when I’m looking at a project that I’m going to partner with a client on.
- I have learned how critical organization is to success.
- I have seen the way the success starts at home and extends to my clients.
- In my experience, there have been many ways people define success, by working with them closely and communicating with them consistently you can ensure you’re helping each client reach their definition of success.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.