A self-made personality with exceptional entrepreneur potential who had the courage to follow his dreams, slaying the obstacles lining his way before reaching his dreams.
His journey of building his business was gruelling, exciting, inspiring and exhausting. But his perseverance and strong confidence in his abilities and acumen ship of his strategic and innovative business skills has helped him in creating a tremendous impact on the business circles.
BTW Technical Services Company is based in Dubai and our progress is always fulfilling our customer demands. The company’s principal areas of business interests include Maintenance, facilities Management, Networking, technical contracting work on buildings and provision of specialized skilled technical project management.
1.Could you please tell us more about yourself? What kind of person are you?
A: My name is Qamar Shahzad born and bought up in small city of Burewala Punjab Pakistan. I completed my education from Lahore AM Oxford, after the completion of my graduation, I moved to Dubai in search of professional opportunities. I worked as a Marketing Manager for more than 2 years, but my quest for better opportunities, where compelling me try more harder in diversified fields. So with an ambition to establish my own business in the year 2013, I started my own Business. I am the Co-Founder & CEO of BTW Groups LLC, Dubai UAE which was started with only 5 people on roll, but now by the grace of god, 49 people are working for my company rendering their valuable services.
2.What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
A: When I was young, my mom always wanted me to become a businessman, and my father who is from an army background wanted me to join the army. But, the drastic change in my plans happened, after I landed in Dubai.
I had a gruelling time suffering for first 6 month and then I was standing at the cross roads of life, whether to reform my thoughts and plan a new life or take a retreat from the present situation to run back to my home country. Then I joined one of the Chinese firm, where I learned the tricks of trade and started my own business. The best prophecy of my life has come from an old man about 65 years old who was working in the same Chinese firm along with me. He always used to say that, one day I will be a successful businessman in my life. I didn’t was believe his words, but his prophecy took a physical form on April 20 2013 , when I started my my own business in Dubai.
3. How did you come up with the name for your company?
A: I always wanted to something catchy and different name tag for my company. As I used to see people have their company brand name on their personal name . So I wanted to try something different as my company name , so finally zeroed on BTW (Better to work) or also (Burewala Trading Works). So I got BTW officially registered as my company name.
4. Considering the fierce competition in Today’s business world, how would you highlight your company’s competitive advantages? What makes it stand out of the crowd?
A: I am always in an quest to improve my services on par with my competitors to have an edge in the cut throat competitive world, I always inspire and motivate my team to deliver and achieve quality in work by imbibing good mannerism and humbleness. Because my motto of the life is to engrave my company name on the mind and heart of the business world forever. I strongly believe that life is about making an impact, but not just making an income.
5. What best motivates you? How have your entrepreneurial motivations changed since you first started?
A: The fuel that propels my passion and motivation is the undeterred persistence of the successful business titans who have established successful business houses. They are my eternal inspirations, who motivate me to make my dream of establishing myself as a successful businessman come true.
6. What are your hidden inspiration sources? How do you generate new ideas?
A: My dreams of making big in the business world is the main source of my internal inspiration, which always makes me try more harder to achieve the impossibilities with more effort and patience. My solitude with myself gives me more courage and assurance to believe in my pursuits and compels me to think more better ways to develop and implement innovative ideas for the betterment of my company to make it stand apart from others.
7. What is your opinion on the following topic: Are entrepreneurs originally born as such or they are raised to be successful?
A: Well…frankly speaking, every individual is unique with some unique inbuilt qualities. So in my opinion, entrepreneurs are mentored and moulded by themselves to withstand the cut throat competition to emerge as successors.
8. In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.
A: Passion is the most important trait of the successful entrepreneur, and in one word I can sum up myself as an “ Go-Getter”.
9. What was the toughest moment you have experienced in your business practice? How did you succeed to get over it and move forward?
A: In the initial year of setting up the business in 2013 – 2014 itself, I was doomed with business loss, making me completely bankrupt. There was nothing left at with me, except of a car and 2 staff members among 32 employees’. That was the time, when again I had to restart everything from the scratch with minimum workforce of only two employees. I had a new challenge in my life again to prove myself to the world that I was not a one time wonder, but a force to reckon. We started building again from zero. By the grace of god , we got a project work to work on the airport terminal of Dubai. With sheer hard work and undaunted support, finally after few month , we got back our success and established successfully once again in the market. From then onwards of 2015, we have kept our flag flying high in the market.
10. Are there any missed opportunities that you wish to have leveraged?
A: There has been many instances, where I had to miss golden opportunities, due to my blind faith and strong belief on few inexperienced people and their amateur plans which has left a big dent in our progress.
11.Are you an adventurous type of person? What’s the most exciting experience to memorize in your life journey?
A: I am very adventurous person by heart. I am a globe trotter who had the privilege of visiting more then 18 countries of the world. But for me, the most memorable and intoxicating experience of my life, was my Europe vacation, which has etched many life long memories.
12. Do you believe there is a winning formula for becoming a successful entrepreneur? What is yours?
A: I believe there is only one successful formula to be a successful entrepreneur, and that one is to always stay humble and grounded. By practicing patience and perseverance, we can see that, Success will not be far way. The beauty and the compose of the smiling face adds an edge to the glory of the success.
13. What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?
A: My toughest decisions of the recent months was about taking calculated risk of establishing new business proposals in Pakistan by name BTW General Trading PVt Ltd. Another project in the pipeline is about starting another firm of mine in Turkey. But my major thoughts always are focussed on increasing the clientele by delivering quality services through our firm by satisfying the customers requirements.
14.What would you most like to learn here that would help you in the future?
A: As we are learners throughout our lives, everyday im learning something new about the business tactics to satisfy the people’s need to get more success to our firm to establish it firmly in the market. I’m completely assured and believe that I can successfully implement this new learnings, in to my future business to make it reach the zenith of success.
15. Last but not the least, Who is the one entrepreneur to be your greatest example and inspiration?
A: My all time inspiration and an role icon, a great human being and my ex Boss Mr, Axiong, Chinese Ex-army Captain. he is my greatest inspiration.