What you can learn from the business plans of these 4 companies

Business Innovations

28 November 2016

What you can learn from the business plans of these 4 companies

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

Creating a business model for your company is one of the first tasks you would need to complete before establishing your company. Your business model communicates how your business will work and make profit. The success of a business rides on it. Innovative business models are one way to differentiate yourself from the competition. Therefore the process of formulating such a model is vital.

A lot of companies have used innovative business models to ensure success. Here are a few companies that can be learnt from:

  1. Paytm

Paytm’s success can only be attributed to their unique business model. They started out with a stage by stage model paired with a powerful discounting model. They started with online payments attracting customers through the massive discounts they were offering. They emerged into a mobile wallet and then an e-commerce website. Even though Paytm is known mainly as a mobile wallet, their e-commerce business has also performed well in the market.

Paytm has now acquired a variety of markets through this approach. Their discounts have given consumers a chance to shop freely on the Paytm e-commerce website. Rather than spending on marketing activities, Paytm focussed on providing various discounts to its consumers. These discounts cut down rates by more than 50% on the original price. This ensured consumer retention. Their stage by stage model made sure that they were positioned as a market leader before moving on to the next market or stage.

Learning: Adopt a step by step procedure to capture a number of markets.

  1. Paperboat

Paper boat plays with the nostalgia aspect not only with its product, but also with its advertising and communication. Their business model mostly focuses on intelligent marketing strategies in order to be recognized amongst their competitors in the beverage industry. Their product is unique and highly relatable with an affordable price. It is also the main focus rather than promotion. Their main competitors are non-branded alternatives. Paper boat is also very cleverly placed. By partnering with Indigo airlines, they have catered to the airlines industry as well as retailers.

Learning: Pay most attention to your product and where it is sold.

  1. Ola

Ola has become one of India’s leading cab service. It aims to connect consumers with chauffeur driven cabs. These cabs are owned by third parties, most of the times by the drivers themselves. Their revenue model focuses on a variety of sources. Ola charges commission to all those riding with their cabs. Additionally, they have in-vehicle advertisements and various event and corporate tie ups. They are also constantly evolving. They released Ola Money, a mobile wallet specifically for Ola rides, to avail cashless transactions. They have recently decided to buy a number of cabs themselves and rent it out to drivers in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

Learning: Have a number of revenue streams.

  1. OYO Rooms

OYO Rooms is a mobile app and website which allows booking of budget rooms in hotels. It follows a marketplace model. Hotels can contact OYO if they want to be registered with the brand. The hotels that tie up with OYO are marketed by OYO itself. OYO then conducts a standardized test to determine if the hotel abides by its quality requirements. The focus of the business model is the product. OYO aims to provide consumers with luxury in a budget. You can even order room service through the OYO rooms app while staying at one of their hotels. Still at the building stage, it is still looking at improving its marketing and technology aspects.

Learning: Make sure to deliver what you promise through quality testing and setting standards.

A number of factors need to be taken into consideration while designing a business model. Learning from successful businesses, having conversations with other entrepreneurs and constantly working towards your goal goes a long way in ensuring the formulation of a good business model.

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5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

  • Posted by awfis

Life has become much easier with the advent of technology. With access to latest technology, work has become less strenuous. The biggest contribution to technology has been the invention of smartphones. They have not only made communication easy, but also play core to organize our lives. The hundreds of ‘add on apps’ have made life stress-free and have definitely helped increase productivity, in every possible way.


Here are some applications that we feel will help you outperform at work.

  1. WandurList:

As the name suggests WandurList is an app that helps you in maintaining a number of lists. It is a clean application which enables you to make multiple lists under various folders. It is available for Android, iOS and web users, but what makes it stand out is that WandurList enables you to access the lists from anywhere and from any device. The lists that you make are saved in the cloud, thus letting you share the lists with the other users. So the next time you are out of your office and need to assign work or access previous work, WandurList will be your go to app.

  1. Shoeboxed:

Tired of keeping track of your expense receipts before submitting for tax reduction every month? We have a perfect solution for you. Use shoebox and say goodbye to the strenuous process of filling out forms. Shoeboxed is perfect for people who are up and about in the name of the business. Shoebox can access either via android, iOS mobiles or also via the web. Scan the bills and Shoebox sorts out and collates the receipts for you and also generates an expense report.  By the end of the month all you will have to do is send it out to your accounts team.

  1. Speek:

Conference calling is an important aspect of how work happens in the business world. With growing business environment one needs to connect to people from various parts of the world and that’s where Speek steps in. It is an application that enables you to have a con-call by eliminating the process of dialling the numbers and the pin codes. Speek gives you a personal link which has to be shared with the people you want to have the conference call with and all they have to do is click the link to join in via their laptop, smartphone or the computer. So want to make a conference call? It’s just a link away now!

  1. Keeper:

Have a lot of passwords of various platforms to keep track of? Tired of sending email to the IT to retrieve your passwords? This application takes that burden of remembering passwords off your shoulders. You have one master password that has all the passwords stored in it. If any hack is attempted all the passwords are automatically erased to maintain secrecy. This application can be accessed via a phone, laptop or a computer with the android, IOS software or by using the web.

  1. Prezi:

Need to make flawless presentations that capture your client’s attention? We have a unique cloud based presentation application – Prezi. This app lets you put down all the information on one canvas and mark it out instead of making separate slides. It uses Adobe Flash Technology to animate the presentation. The application is easy to use and is also compatible for Windows, chrome, iOS and the Web.

Try the apps out and see the increased productivity that these applications bring about in your work life!

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Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

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You would have seen freelancers and solopreneurs working intensely at coffee shops, buying a cup of coffee accompanied with something to bite on now and then, more to keep the table occupied rather than ordering by choice! But working out of a coffee shop comes with a set of challenges. Being in such a relaxed, casual ambience for work, you are not really motivated enough and you can only rely on self-motivation to keep you going.

Thankfully, this is something that can be resolved by working at collaborative office spaces. Leased workspaces and desks that you can find on a reliable collaborative working website like https://www.awfis.com/inspiration/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/shutterstock_3835072871.jpg.com will also give you access to all amenities that you need when you work in an office, like free Wi-Fi and unlimited tea and coffee to keep you fueled up.

Freelancers in office spaces

Freelancers are looking for offices spaces with a positive atmosphere to conduct their work. More often than not, freelancers have a lonely job. They are at their laptops doing their work. However, at home, they have several distractions to keep them away from their desk. Coffee shops do not make the best talking environments for productive business meetings as a plethora of distractions come your way. No such worries exist in a collaborative working space where you are paying rent to be at your desk for work.

Let’s talk about the motivation factor now. Because you are in a roomful of people working on their desks, you are motivated to be a part of that workforce. You can make some great professional friends. As a freelancer, you cannot deny that working alongside others is a much better feeling that being a lone wolf, especially on days when things are a bit rusty. The general working ambience keeps you afloat, something that you find in plenty of plug & play rented office spaces.

If you have not considered working in a collaborative working environment, now is a good time to do that. All your criteria will be met and your business will commence in a cheerful and inspiring environment. After all, your venture deserves only the best.

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For Young Entrepreneurs in India, Awfis is the New Office

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

For Young Entrepreneurs in India, Awfis is the New Office

  • Posted by awfis

As they say, all you need to succeed is a big idea!
However, in the fiercely competitive world, you have to be careful about how you use that big idea. When you start off, you have multiple challenges on your side, including the really daunting one of arranging for start-up capital. You will be surprised to know the number of Unicorns which started off on a shoestring budget.

Things have changed since. You no longer need to set up a big office space and buy all the furniture necessary to set off your own company. Welcome to a new way of working out of an office: Awfis! At Awfis, you will get exactly what you need for your start-up or your work as an entrepreneur: a highly productive space to conduct your business.

Awfis is your new Office

Collaborative working has been around for a while now, but it is only now that it is starting to catch up here in India. At the forefront of this change is Awfis. We have Pro-Working centres where you can work in your own leased offices, along with your own team of professionals. For those who are playing it out as a lone wolf now, this is a better opportunity to make your mark!

There are many reasons why Awfis is the new office today. For example, the meeting rooms which we have in the leading cities of the country are all located in premium destinations. The centrality of the location makes it easier for you to commute and network with people for meetings and discussions. Clients and customers will not shy away from visiting your office premises because it is far away. Your business is in a better position, location wise.

Additionally, you are working alongside professionals who can turn out to be excellent future business contacts for you. Who knows, you may get the next big project from the person seated right next to you in the collaborative working ambiance! Also you may not have to hunt around for a professional in a desired field because the person may be working in the next cabin. Collaborative pro-working spaces are an excellent choice for business networking.

Awfis ensures that you get the best technological and infrastructural support when you work in our Co-Working centres. You will appreciate the environment and that will certainly inspire you to work even harder, the wind beneath the sails that you need when you are starting off.