Today, I was testing a new camera I had procured for Tapprs.
My daughter came running to me. I was shocked seeing her and panicked a bit. There was a red smear all over her face, hands and legs.
Initially, I thought it was blood, but quickly realized that it was vermillion (kumkum).
I asked her what she did. With gleaming eyes, she took my hand and pulled me to the front of the house.
It’s been a couple of months since I had taken Tapprs seriously.
However, I know very well that I cannot sustain it on rentals alone and certainly cannot scale it up soon.
Naturally, the question is ‘what next for Tapprs?’.
‘Why do you want to get into equipment rentals?’
A financially savvy friend of mine asked me.
Few of you might know that I handle Tapprs as a hobby venture.
Equipment rental, esp dealing with equipment like photography gear is
- a high risk business and equipment damages can hurt returns
- is dependent on volumes and return per rental activity is small
- is capital intensive (to make more money, you need to pump in more and buy more equipment)
- break even period is about 75-100 days worth of rental which in calendar terms could work out to more than a year for a very successful rental shop and could take 3 years for those that aren’t as successful. In 3 years, the equipment could fall out of favor from the user crowd.
What are the various things you would love to do in life?
You only have one life! Why not create a bucket list and start working on accomplishing it right away?
Here’s my list.
Leave a comment with a link to yours.
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Continue to the original blog post written in Feb, 2011, before we started Tapprs.
In the last one week, I had been discussing with friends and family about an idea I had in mind. The hobbyists hub.
What initially started as an idea of a book library for a niche segment, morphed and mutated into something you see in the image. I was pretty excited because it stitched together many things I loved.. books, photography, travel, cycling, etc.
Wish you all a fantastic 2011!
May all your dreams come true! May the travel gods smile upon you! May your bikes take you places! May your cameras click wonderful images! May you live the life you always wanted to! May there be more leaves when you want to travel!
May your life be wonderful!!!
2010 through the rear-view mirror:
2010 to me was fantastic in terms of travel and photography!! Initially, I thought I would do a full fledged year review, but thought year reviews are too personal and hence wanted to save you the trouble of reading through yet another boring review.
So, I thought I will just list a few memorable moments of 2010.
The Nilgiris Laughing Thrush (also called Black chinned Laughing Thrush) is an endangered endemic bird found only in and around Nilgiris.
A noisy bird with a distinctive laughing call and striking features (black chin, sharp black beak, white brows, reddish brown feathers, etc), though relatively easier to hear (provided you are at the very few spots it is found at), is pretty tough to spot. It keeps mostly to thickets.. foraging for insects, fruits and nectar, esp at lower levels. And it moves alone most of the time, though other NLT’s might be foraging in the vicinity. Continue reading
My Cutie Pie turned one yesterday (Nov 21).
It feels like yesterday when I held a tiny bundle of joy in my arms. Time definitely runs fast!
I was in Melkote recently.
The time was 7pm and it was quite dark. I was at the top of the hill near the temple trying long-exposures of the landscape below.
Seeing me click pictures without flash in the dark, a perplexed passer-by approached me… with advice on photography.
“Light haakoli, kathleyalli enu baralla,” he said. [use light (flash).. else you wont get pictures in the dark]
I smiled and thanked him for his advice. He left, satisfied at the acceptance of his advice.