Pop Quiz, Monday with Rupak Parajuli

Rupak Parajuli

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Rupak Parajuli

What is your job role?
Founder & CEO of Handicrafts In Nepal

Tell us about your company?
Handicrafts in Nepal, is an online marketplace, offering a wide variety of Nepali handicrafts products at an affordable price. Our mission is to become a one-stop online shopping platform for Nepalese handicrafts goods, focusing both retail and wholesale buyers from all part of the world.

At our online store, we showcased Nepali handmade products ranging from yak wool to cashmere wool. There are also Tibetan Buddhist items such as; singing bowls, incense, and prayer flags.

All products which are featured in our online shop are handmade by local men and women in Nepal. Basically, we are connecting the dots between the local people as well as the community with the rest of the world using technology.

We believe, in quality products as well as customer service. Hence, any Nepali handicraft product that you buy from here is a top-notch quality which is made from eco-friendly materials.

Not only that, we admire fair trade policy, meaning local people, culture, tradition, and community are closely part of each product for local empowerment and sustainability.

We are very positive that our online store will be a strong foundation in bridging the gap between Nepali handicrafts industry and local artisans.

What do you love most about your job?
Learning new things every day and meeting with amazing people.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Passion of working what I love motivates me to get up every day and go to work.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Our passionate co-workers, I would rather say local artisans craft the products with utmost love and care. They are highly motivated by each product sold and work harder every day for enhancing their family lifestyle.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Every day is a fun day when you love the work.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Major challenges that I faced on my job is communicating with my clients. Each client has their own perception and needs. So, solving the clients’ needs is one of the significant challenges. For that, we need to adapt to different communication strategies.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Lessons that I learned from a past project is 2P, in short, that is Patience and Passion. These two are the critical elements that you need to excel before you enter in an Entrepreneurial journey.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Follow your passion as well as have some patience until you succeed.

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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