I really like your answer about cari pekerjaan/karyawan. Boleh tau ngga, how do you feel ketika karyawan terbaik resign? And what is it like ketika harus memutuskan hubungan kerja?

Pada saat karyawan tersebut resign, ya tentu rasanya berat. Tapi secara long term, biasanya tidak jadi masalah karena selalu digantikan orang baru yang either just as good, or much better than that person.

Memutuskan hubungan kerja is one of the hardest things to do. Why? Because, if anything, the fault is mine for hiring that person.

Karena itu, saya selalu introspeksi. Did I hire the right person? Did the person fit what I need, and fit the culture? Did I create an environment that was right for me AND the employee? And I learn from it, and try to apply it to my next hire.

Maybe there are better opportunities that I simply couldn’t provide. So of course I wish the person well, and be thankful for the services provided.

Not much different from relationships in general, eh. 🙂

Vipey, kenapa mencari pekerjaan itu sulit ya? Daftar, tes, FGD, interview sana-sini, di mana-mana, gagal terus. Maaf ini curhatan sampah banget, but this made me feel like I’m a failure. Semacam “apa sih yg saya bisa, apa-apa gagal terus”. Sorry Vipey, but I just need to get this shit out of my head

Sebagai pengusaha, anehnya yang paling sulit bagi saya adalah mencari pegawai. Dan bukan dari segi hard skills, pengalaman, atau pendidikan… tapi murni di urusan sikap, keinginan untuk belajar, dan menghadapi tantangan.

And you know what.. if I talk to my other friends who run businesses, they say exactly the same thing. I’m not sure where the disconnect is, but you have to realize that we read hundreds of CVs a year, and interview several dozens. How do you set yourself apart from the others with similar CVs? Prove that you are eager to improve yourself as person, whatever the job is. Prove that if met with challenges or difficulties or conflicts with co-workers, ngga akan “mau sekolah lagi/bantuin usaha ortu.” Prove that you have what it takes to “stick with it” and learn as much as you can along the way, tanpa banyak excuses or “ini kan ngga sesuai pendidikan saya.”

Tau sih, reply beginian sudah pasti akan banyak sanggahan sana-sini. But I am merely stating a fact, and how it is from an employer’s perspective. So yeah, everytime I complain about “susah cari pegawai”, please don’t say “lho kan begitu banyak yang cari pekerjaan”, because in the real world there is no correlation between the two.

Mas Adrian, what keeps you motivated on a day to day basis with your work? Not everyone is lucky to have work they are passionate about dan money only goes so far. I know I read you don’t sharing about your work so I am sorry for this question, but maybe you change your mind, thank you. :)

I suppose this is the part where I go Pecha Kucha and wax poetic about “pursuit of passion” and all that jazz, right? Sorry to disappoint you, but I won’t. Do I like what I do? Yes, of course. Do I *always* like it, and all the necessary evils that come with the job? Not at all.

So how do I keep motivated? Well, I don’t exactly have a choice in the matter. I have KPR payments to make, business loans to pay, and a family to feed, clothe, house, and keep entertained. And more importantly, I have employees who -in one way or the other- rely on me.

Am I assuming that I’m the only person they can rely on for a monthly income? No. But if are asking me what motivates me to keep going when everything goes to hell (as it often does, mind you), then honestly speaking.. it’s them.

But yes, you are right that I don’t share my work or stories on social media. I never kultwit kisah hidup penuh hikmah (I ain’t some bijak-selebtwit), I never brag/complain about how hard I work (I ain’t some #Jakartan ahensi guy), I never PAP or tweet links to my work (I ain’t, well.. everyone else on socmed, I guess), and I never mention what I accomplish (I’m more prone to mentioning my failures, actually.) All of that, that I just mentioned? That’s for other people to do.

Vipey, you and your siblings kan nggak nerusin your father’s business, trus usahanya tutup gitu aja? I’m in the same situation as you were. I don’t want to continue my father’s business. Tapi bedanya, I still dont know what im going to do with my life after i graduate from uni :( And did your father ever ask you to help him out with his business? Trus how did you respond? Barusan my parents asked me to bantu2 di kantornya, tapi i refused. I said i have to study for the exams next week, emang bener sih ada exams, tp gak segitu “urgent” nya, emang i males aja.. and now im cryinggg, idk why, i just…feel guilty as f***. Tiba2 ngerasa ngga enak gitu loh, rasanya kaya ngga berguna banget jadi anak. Soalnya tadi my father minta i bantuin jg karena lagi kurang pegawai. I dont usually ask for advice from stranger on the internet, but… vipey plss help mee. oh ya! My father juga ngga pernah maksa i buat continue his business, he said cari kerjaan yg makes you happy. Nah masalahnya im still clueless banget, and it makes me feel more guilty. Sorry panjang pertanyaannya huhu, thanks vipey. I think youre like…..the most ‘trustworthy’ person on askfm

First question: Iya sih, karena me and my siblings memang tidak tertarik meneruskan bisnisnya, akhirnya tutup saja. My dad said he built his business for himself, not for his children. Kalau kita mau meneruskan, boleh.. but it shouldn’t be because we just don’t know what else to do with our lives.

Second question: Yes, I helped out with his businesses. When I was much younger, he owned some restaurants so I would help cleaning up or waiting the tables when needed. Did I enjoy it? Not really.. tapi ya ngga beban2 amat juga lah. Biasa aja.

Okay, now that I have answered your questions, here’s what I have to say: So your dad ngga maksa kamu meneruskan atau bantu2 di bisnisnya. Your dad also said you are free to find a job that makes you happy. Do you have ANY idea how lucky you are?

You know how it is for the average kid whose parents own a business? Not only do they have to help out at some ruko or gudang (bukan kantor!) for hours each day, they have no options for their future. They will continue the family business, whether they like it or not. “Passion? Makan tuh passion!” Yup, not very many entrepreneur parents are of the Pecha Kucha crowd. Passion is a privilege of a very few.

Another thing: if you have no direction on what you want to do with your life, then I understand if your father would insist on giving you one. Seriously, helping out with their business ain’t bad. Not only will you make your parents happy, but you will also learn very useful things along the way… regardless what you decide to do with your life later

I read somewhere on your twitter timeline that you are reluctant to share your success stories. Do you mind sharing any setbacks or low points in your business and how you recovered from them? Thanks in advance!

I appreciate your question and the way you asked it, but sorry… I must decline.

Yes, I refrain from sharing my achievements, but I also try not to go into kultwits about my setbacks, sob-stories, or kisah-hidup either. I just find that sok-ngajarin dengan dalih “sekedar berbagi” thing to be very self-serving and masturbatory. I would never assume that I have a kisah-bijak that would be of any hikmah for anyone else.

Hi om, I’m 22 yrs old working in an oil and gas company but my real interest is in pastry and baking. I want to bake and start doing an online shop that specialize in cakes and sort of. Any advice on starting a business especially for food and beverages? Take note that my startup capital isn’t much

My advice? Write a business plan. Just google it, there are countless sites that will guide you on how to write one. Does it mean you’ll stick to your plan once (no, IF) you mulai jualan? Not at all. But it’s a way to think things through coherently.

Honestly speaking, I’d be a rich man if I got seribu perak for every person who asked me for advice on starting a business. And after hours of capek ngomong, in the end akhirnya ngga jadi apa2 (yes, those of you who say “jadi gini, dri… gue tuh mau bikin fesyen label”.. I’m looking at you). So now I always say “send me your business plan, let me read it, and then we’ll talk.”

Oh, and stop using the word “startup.”

Ada apa dengan anak muda generasi “startup” ini? Senior gue pernah bilang: kalo mau mulai usaha, jangan pernah punya rencana cadangan, jadi lo nggak bakal mikir “kalo gagal ya gpp”. Wdyt?

Hmm. Terus terang, saya agak susah sih menjawab ini… tapi cenderung setuju. My dad once said that once you decide to do something, you should “burn the bridge” so that you have no option but to go forward. In a way, I understand what he meant… karena these days, kayaknya basi banget ya tiap kali denger ada yang mulai usaha (okay, okay.. “START UP”), and begitu kena kesulitan atau halangan sedikit aja kemudian langsung berdalih “mau sekolah lagi” or “sibuk ngurus anak.”

(2) kalo nitip di koperasi/kantin, jujur aja untung kami tipis bgt & modal pun blm cukup utk buka stand sendiri di kantin. Hasilnya, udah 3 hari ini kami kurang tidur krn harus mediversivikasi produk dan makanan sehat pun bukan lg prioritas kami krn untungnya yg hmpr gak ada itu. What should we do?

Let me guess.. makanan itu “sehat” by your own definition, kan? Does your market know it’s healthy? And even if they do, does it mean they will spend money on it on a sustainable basis? Sorry, in the end the market yang menentukan sih. Maybe if you just sell food that people *want* (sehat or not irrelevant), maybe you wouldn’t lose as much sleep. 🙂

Dan tanpa meremehkan masalah2 yang kamu hadapi (dilarang jualan di kelas, untung tipis), you have to be aware that business is NEVER smooth dan lancar. You have to accept the fact that problems WILL arise on a daily basis. Itu mah comes with the territory of doing business.

Here’s an example: do you know how guided missiles hit their targets? It’s by constant readjustment during flight. When it launches, it only has a *general* idea where it is going. It evaluates its course every few miles, readjusts flight plan, and maneouvers around whatever obstacles (radars, mountains) it encounters until it hits its target. That’s what running a business is like. Sure, you set out with a plan.. but once it’s running, it’s all daily adjustments and dodging countermeasures.

So if you lose sleep over every single bump you encounter, then maybe this isn’t right for you. But if you can make that mental adjustment, then keep going. I wish you the best of luck.

Hey Vipey, what up? Consider yourself at this position, you want to do a big change but people around you won’t do the same or even anything. I have an organization that I want to change, in a good way, but my people already give up. I just can’t control them. Gimme your thought dude, thanks

I’m going to guess that the people you would like to change are not your subordinates, or perhaps don’t even report to you. Well, the best thing you can do is propose the changes to someone higher up in the organization and hope for the best that they’ll see your perspective and carry it through.

Just bear in mind that -despite your best intentions- you probably don’t have a full view of the big picture. An organization is like an elephant, and most of the times the employees are blind people holding on to one part of the elephant. For one guy an entire elephant is a tusk, while the other guy swears it’s just one flappy big ear. It takes a someone with experience and perspective (and has seen the entire elephant) to know what changes are worth trying. If your proposal is refused, just keep that in mind.

Adri, Apakah kamu membuat target berjangka untuk usahamu pd saat ini dan dulu ketika memulai? Menurutmu apakah target berjangka yang kita tetapkan selain menjadi acuan baik atau tidaknya proses bisnis dapat menjadi beban juga? bagiku terkadang menjadi ketakutan juga misalnya khawatir tidak tercapai

First question: yup

Second question: yup

“Khawatir tidak tercapai?” Memang. Kemungkinan besar ya memang *tidak* akan tercapai. If only running a business was so easy that semua target tercapai, ya semua orang akan bisnis dong. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. If you assume there are any guarantees in running your own business.. then you shouldn’t do it. The fact is, you will miss your target countless times before you even get near it. You just have to keep trying. That’s a given.

(“Tapi kamu kan privileged…”)