A lot of people who work regular corporate jobs tend to look at thriving businesses in some of the bustling neighbourhoods of India and think to themselves that it would be great if they could do the same, like it is an easy job. How many of us have seen the kind of money roadside sellers make and rethought our entire career path altogether?
For example, Amit Jaglan who works at Urban Company took to X to share how he spent two hours at Chandni Chowk, Delhi, and realised that people could leave their software jobs and sell lehengas instead because those worth Rs 1 lakh were flying off the counters.
“Been in Chandni Chowk only 2 hours. One advice: Leave your software job and just sell lehengas. I am at a loss of words. Lehengas north of 1 lakh rupees flying off the counters,” he wrote.
Have a look at his post here:
Been in Chandni chowk only 2 hours.
Leave your software job and just sell lehngas.
I am at a loss of words.
Lehngas north of 1 lakh rupees flying off the counters.
— Amit Jaglan (@iamjaglan) December 2, 2023
His post started an interesting debate on the online platform where innumerable people pointed out that selling lehengas are definitely not as easy as it looks. It takes a lot of marketing skills and investment to have a thriving lehenga business. One person, who worked both as a software engineer and a lehenga seller owing to his family business, vouched that the latter is way more difficult.
Have a look:
Selling lehngas is a lot harder than a software job.
— ankit (@poetofgrindset) December 2, 2023
Getting into software is wayyy easier than getting into the Lehenga business in any serious way
— Rajit (@rajitsingh) December 2, 2023
Bro talking as if selling Lehengas is a piece of cake and writing software isn’t done by millions of not so skilled people
— മാടമ്പള്ളിയിലെ മനോരോഗി (@PVKrishnanandN2) December 2, 2023
It’s a stupid generalization.
There is only a limit to the nunber of items you can sell.
Some things are scalable to an extent that they make more thorough money.
Windows OS designer vs driving taxi
— Shere Khan (@bicepveins) December 2, 2023
Chandani chowk mei dukaan kahaan se loge bhai? Ghar bech ke bhi nahi aayegi. What u see the is generations of work n investment at play.
— Ankur Walia (@Ankur_Walia_82) December 3, 2023
the capital required for that will be 100x of what required to build software business
— Manan Bhatt (@manan164) December 2, 2023
Any business is more profitable than software jobs.
Momos wale idhar jyade kmaa rhe
— Mr. Ånand (@Astrodevil_) December 2, 2023
I have done both trust me selling lehengas is way harder
– Currently a software dev in Austin
– Assisted in a family Lehenga business few years ago in Delhi
Its insanely hard compared to the software job lol.
— Tanmay (@tkejr_) December 4, 2023
Selling lehengas at Chandni Chowk can be both challenging and rewarding. One has to overcome immense competition, network with suppliers, market their products to a broader audience and provide excellent customer service to be able to have a thriving business. Don’t you think?